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Likelihood to Recommend

Arena

I would highly recommend Arena for any small startup up to a well-established company. Arena is very price competitive, easy to configure, and user-friendly. Arena integrates nicely to any existing ERP software or can be linked later in the process as needed.
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Sciforma

Yes, definitely. We wanted a flexible but robust software and Sciforma seemed to be the best fit
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Pros

Arena

  • Arena allows for easy customization and this is beneficial because the company can set up the PLM to meet their specific needs and tailor it to their business.
  • The interface is very user friendly and this helps to eliminate the apprehension of using a system for an employee who is not a computer expert.
  • Policies and user groups allow administrators to control what certain employees can and cannot see. This control keeps data accuracy intact and helps to create a structured approach to data acquisition.
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Sciforma

  • The cloud based application allows multiple project managers to collaborate and work together.
  • The application gets updated frequently, and can be customized to your company's needs.
  • Tracking resources and allocation is simple and easy to use.
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Cons

Arena

  • There were a few fields that we could not modify. They were standard fields that Arena would only allow specific data. It would have been nice to be able to modify the field and customize as we wished.
  • We wish there was a shared user license. There are some users that might only use the product once per month. It would be nice if they did not need to hold their own user license to access information.
  • When approving changes or requests, or completing a task in a project, it would be nice if the system automatically notified all down stream users with open items that the task was completed.
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Sciforma

  • Some bugs when the new version was released. But they were very quickly fixed, the Sciforma team is reactive and is always ready to help.
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Likelihood to Renew

Arena

Arena 8.3
Based on 5 answers
We have so much time and effort invested into Arena. The history of approvals, revisions, etc. are necessary for many of our customers. We also have entire device histories recorded. Having to re-create that on another platform would be a feat requiring years of effort.But mostly, Arena just works. It's transformed our business into a much more streamlined system, resulting in a massive cost and time savings.
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Sciforma

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Usability

Arena

Arena 7.6
Based on 3 answers
Very accessible and usable overall, but there is definitely some room for improvement. The ECO revision issue I mentioned is one such.
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Sciforma

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Support

Arena

Arena 7.9
Based on 3 answers
The ticket reporting system is almost immediate. They follow up very quickly and have always been able to help resolve issues.
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Sciforma

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Alternatives Considered

Arena

We were looking at using our ERP - IQMS to take the place of Arena but it didn't even come close to having the functionality and ease of use that Arena has. Omnify PLM came in and gave a demonstration and the management team choose Arena over them in a vote that wasn't even close.
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Sciforma

I have previously used Mavinlink and TaskRay, and prefer them both to Sciforma. They were both much easier to navigate for novice project managers. TaskRay's drag and drop feature was very easy to use.I have also use Milestone PM, which is a free application on the Salesforce platform. This application was extremely easy to use, and completely customizable with a Salesforce admin
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Return on Investment

Arena

  • Since we haven't introduced a product, this is a difficult question to answer with a useful number. I can say that Arena has become a tool that everyone in the organization counts on and is the first place to look for anything.
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Sciforma

  • It’s hard to evaluate our ROI. I can say though that:
  • More efficiency, we do not lose time looking for documents in different places anymore. Everything is gathered in one place.
  • Reports are amazing and quick to create.
  • As a project manager, I can better manage my project and my resources. It helps me a lot to prioritize what needs to be done and gives me the bigger picture.
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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

Sciforma

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

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