Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions

Control Your Product Development

4.2/5 (25 reviews)

Arena Solutions Overview

Arena Solutions enables companies to design, produce, and improve innovative products quickly. The Arena product realization platform unifies PLM, QMS, and ALM. Our proven solution allows every participant throughout the product design and manufacturing process to work together. With Arena, teams accelerate product development and delivery to increase profits. Our customers deliver products that change the world.

Pricing

Starting from
$89
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa

Supported Languages

English

Arena Solutions Reviews

Overall rating
4.2/5
84% positive reviews
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PLM Project Mgr

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/23/2016
Review Source: Capterra

I have implemented Arena PLM over the years. The basic PLM information is easy to create and control. The new features and functionality always make for a centralized location for all information on Products in all lifecycle phases. Supplier access allows seamless communication for critical changes incorporation to product lines throughout various product lifecycles. 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. Centralized location for compliance documentation associated to items within a product. Workflow for Change Orders and Change Requests. Redlines for all Change Order controlled revisions on BOM's. The system is easily modified for unique requirements per company policies. Cloud application eliminates maintenance and hardware requirements which reduces IT cost. Incorporation of best business practices for the release and controlling all product data. New enhancements make this PLM a gem in a fast pace industry.

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

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Arena is a FANTASTIC solution for the small to midsize company

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 6/28/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Ability to manage the product record and collaborate with supply chain partners

Pros

In the startup environment with fewer than fifty employee Arena is simple to deploy, maintain, and exceptional for collaborating with key supply chain partners. Arena's ability to scale with the growth of the company and our expanding supply chain is critical to our success.

As the company evolves and grown to more that 200 employees, Arena can evolve and keep pace when your business model. The ability to add additional features such as Quality, speaks well for the capability of the Arena Solution to grow.

Cons

As an Arena system administrator and user I would like to see more flexibility to develop custom work flows. The stage one, stage two methodology is perfect for managing the review and release process gates. However, I need the ability to customize the workflow after the change orders has been released and locked.

There is a need for review and approval after release with supply chain partners that can not be addressed and part of the Implementation process.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Proud customer for fifteen years

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/11/2016
Review Source: Capterra

For a decade and a half the various modules and services of Arena PLM have been at the hub of my engineering activities. At multiple companies and across several industries this software has been able to deliver powerful, enterprise level cloud-based lifecycle management solutions in a reliable and user friendly manner, and I am amazed by the quality of support. As far as I'm concerned, Arena is one of my core suites in ANY venture, the one quantity I can depend on because it just *works*.

Pros

The sheer flexibility and ease of use, combined with a low barrier to entry and learning curve. Combine that with both desktop and mobile accessibility and you have a best-in-class offering.

Cons

There are a couple of feature enhancements that I've been waiting for a while now, but I also recognize that 1) there are workarounds for those missing elements that are functional, just not pretty and 2) Arena support has shown a clear track record of listening and responding to customer feedback, so I'm fairly confident I'll see those new addons someday.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Arena for a Small Materials Start-Up

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/1/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

We primarily utilize ARENA for part and document management. The main feature of ARENA that makes it an efficient tool is the ability to easily connect related parts. If a new part is generated, it is very easy to build out a BOM and attach all relevant documentation. And from the other side, it is easy to locate these items when searching for a particular part. 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

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Easy to use, very user friendly software.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/16/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I use the software since 2014 and I love it. As I already mentioned, it's super user friendly and it takes no time to work comfortable with it. I contact support service few times and received the feedback in less then 24 hours. I like that developers listens users inquiries and improve Arena in new releases. Also it's very important that they provide webinars before software updates and send video that Administrators can share to all users.

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
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Arena Solutions Pricing

Starting from
$89
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

The $89 per user per month rate is a blended average based on our most typical Arena PLM account configuration, which includes various license types at slightly different costs.. Customer configurations vary and Annual subscription required.

Arena Solutions Features

  • API
  • Commenting
  • Projections

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Gantt Charts
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Tracking
  • Third Party Integration
  • Timesheets

Additional information for Arena Solutions

Key features of Arena Solutions

  • API
  • BOM management
  • Change Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Demand Analysis
  • Document Management
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Item Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Supplier Collaboration
  • Supplier Collaboration

Benefits

Arena invented Cloud PLM over a decade ago enabling engineering & manufacturing teams with their extended supply chains to simplify bill of materials and change management for companies of all sizes. Arena’s cloud PLM applications have over 70,000 global Arena PLM users who have affected 2,000,000 change orders, 6,000,000 design files and 20,000,000 item records.

GetApp Analysis

For manufacturers and engineers, accurately tracking a product’s lifecycle is integral to success. Unfortunately, many manufacturers use simple spreadsheet software to track processes, with limited transparency for some team members and even less visibility for suppliers.

Arena Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offers a cloud-based solution to the engineers, internal staff, and supply chain partners who have a vested interest in the lifecycle of a product. From concept to product support, Arena PLM can help businesses of all sizes get products to market. With a variety of modules to fit different business needs, Arena PLM can help with everything from purchasing to bill of materials control.

Arena BOMControl gives manufacturers control over all bills of materials.

What is Arena Solutions?

With more than 70,000 users around the globe, Arena PLM strives to make collaboration and tracking easier for engineering and manufacturing firms of all sizes. Through Arena Exchange firms can add supply chain partners to give them up-to-date information on product creation and production. Users have control of bill of materials and change management through the app, with the flexibility to meet a variety of businesses’ needs.

Arena PLM centralizes bill of materials, giving users the ability to view purchase orders, promised receipt dates, and cost estimates based on purchase transactions. By using this software, businesses of all sizes can avoid missed deadlines, supply chain under-utilization, and numerous production failures due to poor planning and miscommunication. By putting Arena PLM into practice, businesses will provide a central point of information for everyone involved in the process, preventing costly errors.

Arena Exchange allows businesses to include partners for easier collaboration.

Arena Solutions Main Features

Bill of Materials Management

Bill of Materials (BOM) is an important part of any product manufacturing process. BOMControl helps businesses manage their item masters, approved manufacturers’ and vendors lists, and documents in files in one central location. This is the core Arena product, removing outdated spreadsheet-based products with a powerful tool for organizing item production.

Advanced search options make finding suppliers and parts in BOMControl easy. The app also offers side-by-side comparisons to let users compare multiple products to find the best one to meet their needs. Datasheets can be attached to each product to give a detailed description of that item.

Search results can be sorted by item type, production phase, prototype cost, and more.

Collaboration

All allowed team members have access to in-depth information on each item in the BOM, including any notes that have been entered by others. These notes can give fellow users insight into a product’s specifics, including any defined issues with those products. All communications are centralized in one place to ease the process of providing high-quality customer service.

One of the best features of Arena’s products is that it provides businesses the ability to add access to outside parties. In addition to internal staff, data can be shared with suppliers, contract manufacturers, and partners to give up-to-date information on every product. This means everyone involved will always be working with the correct information, avoiding costly delays due to misunderstandings.

Access can be granted to outside parties to allow for easier collaboration.

Change Management

As a project progresses, engineers often need feedback from the team. Managing multiple email requests can not only be counterproductive, it can also keep some members of the team out of the loop on what others are requesting. Arena PLM documents all requested changes and their corresponding actions in the system to help both team members and engineers track requests.

Making things even easier is Arena’s voting system, which presents changes to team members and asks them to approve, reject, or comment on them. To keep projects moving along smoothly, Arena sends reminders to team members who have not yet voted to remind them their input is necessary to proceed.

Arena PLM facilitates Change Orders, allowing team members to see details of each request.

Projects

For most businesses, managing multiple projects and associated resources is a daily challenge. Arena Projects automates the process by giving users the ability to input projects and manage them in one central location. Through Arena Projects, leaders can assign tasks to specific team members and track the progress of those tasks.

The project module also allows team members to view up-to-date progress reports on all tasks. By connecting the product record to the product schedule, users can gain insight into the overall progress of a project. Over time, this visibility will allow businesses to realign their strategies to be more effective in bringing a product to market.

Projects are easy to manage using Arena PLM's Project Management module.

Reporting

Through Arena PLM’s reporting module, businesses can gather information on the change lifecycle of any production process. The report will include all submitters and approvers, as well as the turnaround time for each approval. This information can help a business gain insight into the change process in order to pinpoint any slowdowns or bottlenecks.

Once complete, the report will appear in the user’s dashboard, where it can be downloaded and opened in Excel. This information can then be distributed to other team members.

The reporting module allows users to create a report to gain insight on the change process within an organization.

Arena Solutions Integrations

Arena PLM works with a variety of the top purchasing, ERP, inventory management, and accounting tools on the market. Data in Arena can be exported to a business’s existing databases to ensure all data is where users will be searching for it.

Among Arena PLM’s many integrations are NetSuite, SAP Business ByDesign, Microsoft Dynamics, QAD, and Expandable. With NetSuite, data can be integrated in both directions, ensuring both Arena and NetSuite have the latest information. Data can also be exported to SAP Business ByDesign to prevent the need to duplicate efforts, saving time and expense.

Arena Solutions Pricing

Businesses with more than 25 employees pay an average of $79 per month per seat. This is a blended average, based on the typical Arena account configuration. Depending on the configuration requested by a business, this pricing may vary. An annual subscription is required to use Arena.

For businesses with less than 25 employees, pricing is based on configuration. Arena will work individually with each business to find a pricing model that works with its budget.

Arena Solutions Bottom Line

  • Automates product lifecycle management
  • Bill of Materials tracking allows businesses to easily find information about products
  • Project management gives managers the ability to assign and track tasks
  • By adding outside vendors and suppliers, businesses can keep everyone up to date
  • Compliance tracking means audits will progress more smoothly

Arena Solutions FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Arena Solutions.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Arena Solutions offer?

Arena Solutions offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: $89

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

The $89 per user per month rate is a blended average based on our most typical Arena PLM account configuration, which includes various license types at slightly different costs.. Customer configurations vary and Annual subscription required.

Q. What are the main features of Arena Solutions?

Arena Solutions offers the following features:

  • API
  • BOM management
  • Change Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Demand Analysis
  • Document Management
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Item Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Supplier Collaboration
  • Supplier Collaboration

Q. Who are the typical users of Arena Solutions?

Arena Solutions has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Arena Solutions support?

Arena Solutions supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Arena Solutions offer?

Arena Solutions has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Arena Solutions support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Arena Solutions supports

Q. What other apps does Arena Solutions integrate with?

Arena Solutions integrates with the following applications:

Kenandy, Kindrid, Manufacturing Quality

Q. What level of support does Arena Solutions offer?

Arena Solutions offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials