Arena Sets Me Free!
September 24, 2018

Arena Sets Me Free!

Mark Ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Arena

Currently used for Engineering only for BOM and drawing control. Plans to implement across multiple departments have been examined but not yet accomplished due to evolving priorities. Primarily, Arena has addressed the issue of efficiently managing multiple configurations, while referencing a single drawing. Our previous system compelled us to fully document tabulations causing massive redundancies.
  • Allows use of alpha-numeric part numbers, allowing product structures to be built top down.
  • Efficient supplier tracking.
  • Ability to assign multiple suppliers to single component or SKU as needed.
  • A bit complex, it seems to me Arena was designed for PCBA's, but it does for us quite nicely.
  • Arena logs out automatically, if there is a setting for that I have yet to find it.
  • Unfortunately, my position does not enable me to quantify ROI impact, only that there is a demonstrable improvement on product development timelines.
  • Our department has been downsized considerably however we have been able to maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
Product features and flexibilty were important in my decision to recommend Arena to my management. Previous product life management applications were both inefficient and inflexible plus I believe other suppliers we investigated did have the ease of use and pricepoint.
Our implementation experience was a good one, Gururaj was immensely helpful in making our transition and training a positive experience.
We did not use a major application. When I first started, our product lines were originally based on linked spreadsheets, then we transitioned to a private party application called "Product Library". I made my recommendations as loudly and often as decorum would permit!
Arena is well suited for most product lifecycle management scenarios, it is difficult to describe any inappropriate scenario as Arena's flexibility helps to adjust to most requirements.