Arena Solutions Features

Arena Solutions

Helping you design, produce, and deliver innovative products

4.04/5 (27 reviews)

Arena Solutions Feature Summary

  • AML / AVL Management
  • API
  • Analytics
  • BOM management
  • Change Management
  • Demand Analysis
  • Document Management
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Issue Management
  • Item Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Regulatory & Compliance (ISO, FDA, ITAR/EAR, RoHS, etc.)
  • Requirements Management
  • Supplier Collaboration
  • Supplier Management
  • Training Management

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Arena Solutions Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Arena Solutions's features:

Anonymous
(Internet company, 5001-10000 employees)

The best PLM & QMS software you can get

2019-11-27

We use Arena for PLM activities and also as document management system.

Pros

Item Management: With item management you can easily switch between the current and previous revisions

Cons

In future, they can focus on mobile version of the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Robert Wick

Very good system once you learn it, routing a bit complex for change orders.

2017-07-11

Esig with all records and as EDMS both for Design and Production, Training records consolidated for those records, now ad hoc capability for external training records.

Pros

Training system now available, configurable for design and production environment.

Cons

Training system does not allow cloning for job specific tasks to be combined for higher level employees that perform multiple functions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Sue Vallejo

Software has automated the training function well however still missing certain features.

2017-07-12

Automation of document control and training.

Pros

Trackability. I can keep track of who has been trained, when and what is open.

Cons

Document control, change control a bit complicated-too many steps. Not very intuitive. Have to go from one screen to another.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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John Evers

Arena provides a high degree of value; lots of functionality relative to the cost.

2017-06-28

It is a solid tool for Configuration Management; we are just starting to use some of the capabilities that go beyond classic CM.

Pros

This tool allows an organization with limited Configuration Management experience to do an effective job of CM.

Cons

Some of the user interfaces could be improved to be more intuitive for those unfamiliar with CM or databases, but this is more a user training issue.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Phil Seymour

Easy to use cloud-based PLM system provides a stable and reliable source for controlled data

2017-06-28

Reliable PLM controls

Pros

Easy to train users, intuitive interface

Cons

Report writer is old and awkward and needs overhaul.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Leo Louis, RAC (US)

Verified Reviewer

Document Management

2019-08-08

very bad

Pros

It's bad that I didn't like it very well, It could be more intuitive. Pros are overshadowed by Cons

Cons

No technical supports Documentation Management and Quality Management not relevant to medical device applicatons/

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: GetApp
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Ryan Roten

Arena Review

2020-02-20

Overall, Arena does the job it is supposed to, but the user experience could be better.

Pros

Arena is a good tool for managing complex Bill of Materials and supplier/sourcing relationships.

Cons

The user interface is a bit outdated and not very visually appealing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Health, Wellness and Fitness company, 1001-5000 employees)

The best Product Life Management platform I ever used

2020-08-08

It's the PLM tool I have ever used.

Pros

It runs in Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android OS so I can easily switch from one device to another and keep track of the approvals on my documents.

Cons

There are some process that has to be done manually, like for example when you request the approval of a document once all the approvers give the ok, the platform still requires that an administrator approves the process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Arena Solutions


Thank you for your great review of Arena PLM, rating it the best product lifecycle management platform you ever used! We're glad your experience with document and revision control has been so positive and we appreciate your feedback.

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Brian Flamm

Arena for a Small Materials Start-Up

2019-05-01

Pros

Generating new items and documents is simple and straightforward, and the reviewing system is simple to use (and includes notifications for those who need to complete reviews).

Cons

The search function can be tricky to utilize, and is occasionally glitchy. Sometimes searches for known item numbers of document names will return no results, and wild-card searches seem finicky at best. On occasion, the behavior of the Changes functions can make Revisions somewhat difficult. Depending on whether a change has been rejected or withdrawn, it is sometimes impossible to make further edits to a revision until that change is "deleted", even though it had already been rejected. So there are a few minor issues that can impact the ease of use of the system.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Bradley Clark

Great for planning an expansion without risking huge CapEx.

2017-11-27

The high level actions are easy to understand, and there are even graphics that can be used as specific inputs and outputs so that a presentation can have products rather than widgets.

Pros

This program's biggest upside is its ability to provide a testing ground for potential upgrades, expansions, or new factories, facilities, etc. without needing to spend huge dollars on a physical pilot or building or the labor cost of a time study or statistical analysis from a Black Belt or other highly paid employee

Cons

I understand that true AI is not possible right now, but the fact is that purely statistics based tools can produce results that would never occur in the real world (i.e.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Steve Phillips

Feature rich Web 2.0 application for product lifecycle management

2018-02-01

Product is continuously improving

Pros

Greate once you understand how to use it. Easy to use, reliable, cloud provisioned.

Cons

Hard to learn, difficult for users who are familiar with rich application interfaces. It's a hard sell for people used to modern applications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jonathan Gottfried

Review Arena PLM

2017-05-18

It provided the client, Acclarent with a platform for management of documents within their product life cycle.

Pros

(Relative) ease of use. I am stating this based on a requirement to say at least one positive thing about SAAS.

Cons

Product claims that are marginal at best. Ability of the organization to maintain a validated state.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Ryan Badgero

Arena has been a great tool for transitioning from no PLM to being able manage our products globally

2017-06-28

Organization. The software has helped me organize and manage all of our part numbers. It has also allowed me to share the most up to date, and controlled information with our suppliers.

Pros

The learning curve is not too steep and the Arena team is regularly improving the functionality. Additionally the customer support has been top notch

Cons

Management of suppliers and sharing information (especially files) with suppliers leaves some room for improvement.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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TAN EDDIE

Ease to use the software

2017-06-29

Pros

Turn around time is short and approval process is easy to manage

Cons

No historical record on pricing and Arena pricing could only keep the price of one source , does not allow weighted cost for dual or multiple sources .

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Michelle Lee

PLM Project Mgr

2016-09-23

Change Order/Deviation/ Corrective Action Request interface for contract manufacturer to collaborate actions to take on factory floor with critical actions for inventory dispositioning, for material planning and procurement.

Pros

Ease of use and all the features to control changes of product lines. On cloud enhancements and maintenance done by software provider. Many ways to make this software

Cons

Spellcheck. Minimal issues

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Arena Solutions

Great support fast response times.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Arena Solutions


Thank you for providing us with the review! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to continuing our relationship with you as well as Nimble Storage.

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Brian Wenzel

Great PLM

2015-08-17

We used Arena for document control (PLM) and BOM management. We did not use Arena for ERP / supplier management.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Arena Solutions


Thanks for the great review and helpful input Brian!

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Michel Tiessens

Very easy to get started and arrange Arena standard systems to match our way of working

2017-06-28

Creates overview, peace of mind, reduces time to search for info, reduces confusion in the organization etc etc

Pros

Minimal set up, only create settings to match our need, and all files, data and info is linked to items so all info is in one place

Cons

Some User interface details, like the multifunction back key, top right corner is not so intuitive, i often need to explain the function.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Sam Al-Khaldy

Good to can organise the project and everything involved in it.

2017-07-12

Pros

Good organised, and after a while can find everything I need, good with this notification list so I can follow all emails I received from ARENA and the action point I have there.

Cons

Needs continuously use to can remember all functions and features, sometimes it is too many steps to go through before adding any item.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Veena Dharmadhikari

Had a positive experience using the software, and keeps a great record of the history of changes.

2017-06-28

Pros

The new changes included a header change to show the progress of the ECO, which helps to view the status.

Cons

Sometimes hard to navigate and search for requested items. The "Changes" View doesn't show a list of items, so unless you know what you're searching for specifically, it is hard to see it on the changes tab.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anthony Paganini

Recent Updates Have Improved it, but still missing bulk vendor permissions update

2018-06-02

Pros

Approval signature flow works very well. Analytics is very powerful, but of course it comes at extra cost

Cons

The notification emails are too frequent and can be very cryptic as one learns the system.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Matt Ignor

Great support thru the initial setup process, no issues at any time with the system after.

2017-06-28

Pros

Ease of use for new users. Full customization of all fields to meet our specific needs without having to develop anything.

Cons

The ability to have a macro type option to do some of these multiple part creations would be great.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Kay Sze

Intuitive, easy to use and flexible

2017-06-28

Pros

- The advanced search tool I like the most.

Cons

Product revision control is a bit too manual (no auto-rev-up for parent items). Some GUI at the request level is confusing.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

It needs some efforts to start with it, but it worth it.

2018-01-12

Good product organization, and control of the history of all revisions for all components, even their end of life. Suppliers use it as well.

Pros

THat after you add your products, then easily you can find each detail in it and the history review.

Cons

The time it needed to learn the process, and start to implement it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Yuliya Lukyanenko

Easy to use, very user friendly software.

2018-02-16

Pros

As I already mentioned, it's super user friendly and it takes no time to work comfortable with it.

Cons

It's hard to say because the product is great. However I wish it would be less limitation with number of items mass uploading. For example sometimes our ECOs have more then 100 items but we can not upload more then 50 in one shot

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Caroline Lien

Good

2017-07-11

Pros

Simple and easy to use and access.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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