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Arena

169 Ratings

Arena

169 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 101

CollabNet TeamForge

18 Ratings
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Score 6.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Arena

Ideal Scenario - single main supplier who is already familiar with Arena and will collaborate closely with you.Workable Scenario - multiple vendors/suppliers who communicate well enough to be able access data they need.Difficult Scenario - multiple vendors/suppliers across the world who don't/won't use Arena and need specific data output/formats from you that are not available natively from Arena. (This is us.)
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CollabNet TeamForge

CollabNet TeamForge is more well-suited for technically knowledgeable users such as developers, systems analysts, QA but not for non-technical users due to the technical data used throughout the tool. CollabNet TeamForge is appropriate for most applications development. In any industry especially suited for high demand software delivery environments.
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Pros

  • Arena has great support for migrating current data as well as uploading individual or bulk records into a new database. Our Solutions Architect worked with us at our pace and helped to import all relevant data with a minimum of extra work.
  • Arena is straightforward and easy to use - its interface is intuitive and well thought out, and the tool does what you need it to do with a minimum of customization. Component categories, BOM structures, part numbering schemes, and component sourcing from vendors and manufacturers all worked great right out of the box.
  • Arena allows clear and comprehensive control over updates and messaging as well as delivery of needed information to third party manufacturers. The administrator can set up in a straightforward manner who gets what and when, who has visibility, and an effective change release process.
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  • CollabNet TeamForge has a simple user interface making entering artifacts fast and painless. This allows the developer to quickly start working on a project and spend less time on administrative tasks.
  • CollabNet TeamForge has quick and easy to use search and reporting capabilities. This saves user time when looking for projects and finding out the status of a project.
  • CollabNet TeamForge has intuitive menu design and layout with efficient hyperlink based navigation. This provides users the ability to multitask effectively working on multiple projects with minimal interruption.
  • CollabNet TeamForge Subversion is a powerful change management tool that's very easy to learn and use. It offers developers both command line and user interface functions and features.
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Cons

  • Control of automatic updates to our ERP system - we use a manual process because it's so much easier to manage.
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  • I would like to see personalization for managing artifacts, that is, allowing the user to customize pages and save personalized settings and then save them as bookmarks.
  • I would like an improved subversion browser such as a graphical user interface rather than a basic file explorer.
  • I would like built in features for CollabNet TeamForge integrated with subversion so that i can associate my private code branches and code changes.
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Likelihood to Renew

Arena8.2
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excellent PLM system, if only it had ERP module for procurement and inventory management
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Alternatives Considered

Oracle Agile is the only other product I can recall, since our implementation was over six years ago. I only remember that based on price alone, Oracle's product was not a serious contender for us. I had experience with Agile at a previous company (before it was purchased by Oracle) and at that time it was well-suited to our needs.
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CollabNet TeamForge is superior to Mercury mainly because it has a subversion change management tool integrated with the product. CollabNet TeamForge offers more complexity but with more flexibility for managing and tracking projects. I think
CollabNet TeamForge is more comprehensive than either Mercury and JIRA. They're all user friendly tools with short learning curves but CollabNet TeamForge is most efficient in my experience.
JIRA was recently adopted for particular applications and is currently being evaluated by various technology teams.
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Return on Investment

  • The cost to use and deploy Arena is low cost relative to other PLMS.
  • Thus far, Arena gives us the ability to store critical data, track the changes and manage the hardware configuration effectively.
  • We have not encountered application down time which is important to our operations.
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  • CollabNet TeamForge has had a positive impact on the efficiency and productivity of managing and completing projects from specifications to software enhancements and from production issues/defects to bug fixes.
  • As a developer, CollabNet TeamForge allows me to focus more on delivering projects accurately and timely while maintaining communications with the business.
  • CollabNet TeamForge Is an efficiency life-cycle management product that helps my team meet business objectives by quickly delivering quality software, documenting projects in a smart and organized way and updating project status to senior management.
  • CollabNet TeamForge Subversion meets developers needs for change management and improves overall software development process in all phases of software lifecycle.
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Pricing Details

Arena

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Arena offers flexible packages to fit your team’s needs ensuring you get the right capabilities to meet your specific business requirements so you never overpay. Our cloud-based PLM and QMS solutions include role-based subscriptions to meet your diverse team needs with the necessary security to protect your product information. Our fixed-fee QuickStart™ implementations help us deploy rapidly to provide the lowest total cost of ownership.

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CollabNet TeamForge

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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