Arena Unveils On-Demand PLM Enterprise Edition to Address Complex Demands of Manufacturers Worldwide

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Foster City, Calif., Dec 6 - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of On-Demand Product Lifecycle Management solutions, today announced the introduction of Arena PLM Enterprise Edition, a new product offering that extends the benefits of Arena

Arena PLM Enterprise Edition combines the rich functionality and customization capabilities of an enterprise-class PLM solution with the value of an on-demand service to meet the complex and sophisticated needs of today’s manufacturers and their globally distributed supply chains. Large manufacturers and their supply chains are increasingly realizing that on-demand PLM is not only an inherently better solution but, also the only viable model for collaborative product development as it dramatically lowers the cost, time and complexity of deployment.

Arena also announced that Air International Thermal Systems (AITS), a global tier 1 supplier of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and power train cooling (PTC) systems, has chosen Arena PLM Enterprise Edition to support their global facilities in the United States, Australia and China. Now with Arena PLM Enterprise Edition, AITS will improve collaboration with over 800 global suppliers and bring four geographically dispersed operations together to work as one unified global company.

“Enterprises today are faced with a myriad of demands - increasingly complex business processes, compliance regulations, global outsourcing and expanding supply chains,” said Michael Topolovac, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. “By significantly increasing the ease of customization and deployment, Arena PLM Enterprise Edition enables manufacturers to collaborate with their extended value chain in ways that are just not possible using traditional on premise PLM solutions and allows a new ecology of suppliers to flourish.”

“As a provider of a highly commoditized product, we needed a PLM solution that enabled us to have greater control over the quality and price of our product development while allowing us to get products to market faster,” said Michael Foreshew, general manager of information technology services for Air International Thermal Systems. “When evaluating providers, it was immediately clear that Arena PLM was the best solution to help us meet our goals.”

“We’ve been a satisfied Arena PLM customer since 2002,” added Foreshew. “And now as we expand our operations globally, Arena’s Enterprise Edition provides us with the customization capabilities and enhanced functionality required to handle the complexities of our business and 800+ supplier relationships, while still allowing us to benefit from faster time to market and more cost effective production that only an on-demand service can provide.”

AITS uses Arena PLM Enterprise Edition with 400 suppliers, and expects to expand to more than 800 suppliers, across several geographically dispersed locations as the centralized repository for product data and program management information. Through this centralized repository AITS provides its customers with immediate and real-time visibility into product designs. Arena PLM is also used to extensively collaborate with their extended global supply chain on business processes related to all product engineering and purchasing negotiations. With the adoption of Fall ‘05 Enterprise Edition, AITS will now have the ability to customize their PLM application to meet their unique global business processes using a simple point and click interface, and more easily find, engage and collaborate with their extended supply chain.

“Our success with Arena’s On-Demand PLM solution over the last three years validates our belief that on-demand software is the best model upon which to build our IT strategy around. Moving forward, we have dedicated 70% of our IT budget to on-demand applications and services,” said Foreshew. “With our upgrade to Enterprise Edition, we’re affirming Arena’s PLM solution as the cornerstone of our IT strategy.”

“We are pleased that Air International recognized Enterprise Edition as the right solution to integrate their global product operations, and we look forward to supporting their success,” said Topolovac. “AITS is a clear example of an innovative manufacturer who recognizes the power of on-demand PLM to transform their business and create even greater value and their adoption of Arena PLM Enterprise Edition is an important validation that larger enterprises are successfully adopting on-demand solutions for even the most sophisticated and complex business processes.”

About Air International Thermal Systems
Air International Thermal Systems is a global tier 1 supplier of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and power train cooling (PTC) systems based in Port Melbourne, Australia. It has production facilities in Australia, China the United States. Previously a wholly owned division of diversified industrial group Futuris, the company was established as a joint venture between JP Morgan Partners and Futuris at the beginning of 2005.

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