Arena provides a scalable and customizable PLM experience
June 27, 2019

Arena provides a scalable and customizable PLM experience

Julie Toscano | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Arena

Arena is used across our organization to store our configuration data and to communicate to our internal and external customers.
  • Allows for customization of configuration data to aid in locating items and to encourage component reuse.
  • Supports a consistent change management system to ensure changes are effectively and consistently communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Tracks data history and BOM configurations for reproduction of build configurations. Provides visual redline changes to clearly define updates to BOMs.
  • Configurable licenses to allow for appropriate access for a variety of users.
  • Supports communication with contract manufacturers with the ability to share data.
  • We would like to see more options for the admin to do updates or exports of the configurations of our workspace to view categories/attributes in a spreadsheet all at once. Also to view licenses and policies of our users.
  • I'd like to see the supplier custom attributes expanded to be able to support multi-select dropdown, similar to what you recently created for Items attributes.
  • We are anxiously awaiting the ability to customize the "supplier rating" field to something other than "approved/disapproved/unrated."
  • Arena has helped with the integrity of our data and how it is communicated externally and internally (reliability/quality).
  • It helps track our build configurations and the progress as we move through NPI.
  • It has saved us considerable time in reusing compliance information, which is required at production launch.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
My company had Arena when I joined.
Did not deploy Arena at my company. Deployed it at my previous employer, however. We continue to work with Arena on system updates—the support has been outstanding.
We have struggled with cost and have tried to push Arena the best we could for as long as we could using the "quotes" tab in Arena. We have finally reached a point where we had painted ourselves into a corner and now have to back out of that, as Arena is not intended to be used to manage cost. It would be nice, however, since Arena supports "Split," if Arena could also do a blended cost calculation at the item level as well. Arena has been able to support our evolving processes. I have not found a scenario that Arena cannot support our process. It is customizable and tailorable and scalable.