Wi-Fi Technology Innovator Ruckus Wireless Counts on Arena PLM to Make Wi-Fi Reliable for Home, Offi

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Foster City, Calif., Apr 10 - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that after evaluating other competitive PLM applications, Ruckus Wireless (www.ruckuswireless.com), a groundbreaking and fast-growing next generation Wi-Fi company, implemented on-demand Arena PLM to establish an infrastructure that supports company efforts to innovate quickly, speed products to market, manage costs, maximize efficiency and meet quality and regulatory compliance requirements. Simultaneously, Ruckus, which in fewer than four years has shipped more than 150,000 Wi-Fi systems to customers around the world, counts on Arena PLM to help it accommodate the crush of orders, requests and relationships that continue to build as the company becomes increasingly more successful.

Ruckus Wireless Document Control Manager David Hom will share his insights about how the company implemented Arena PLM in less than one week and leveraged the software to support its rapid growth in a free webinar on Thursday, April 17th, 2008, 10a.m. Pacific.

"Using Arena PLM helps us respond to the demands of our market more efficiently. Arena PLM provides us a perfect infrastructure—one that allows us to expand our use of the product as we expand our product offerings and branch out into new markets," said Hom. "We've gotten an amazing return on our investment by choosing Arena PLM."

Currently, Arena PLM serves as a central repository for the company's design through manufacturing data and a platform on which both its employees and suppliers can find the information they need, when they need it. Engineering change orders (ECOs) that were once handled manually at Ruckus Wireless are more effectively managed using Arena PLM, preventing potentially costly errors and ultimately helping to improve quality and time to market.

"Arena allows our extended enterprise—from America to Malaysia to Taiwan—to easily view and update product information and see its current status. It's a much more efficient way to manage our manufacturing and change processes. Now we all know the information is completely accurate and up-to-date," said Hom.

By choosing on-demand Arena PLM, Ruckus got all the benefits of PLM it wanted without the extensive upfront costs associated with traditional client/server PLM. And, as the company has expanded, it has been able to incrementally add users, so its software investment and use have grown according to the company's need.

Ruckus has customized Arena PLM so the company can capture and organize information according to its needs, and then configure the way its users view that information and interact with one another around it. This has been particularly beneficial for the non-technical users at Ruckus.

"Arena PLM is a great application for managing our bill of materials and engineering changes. And we're able to customize it so many different departments can use the software to meet their needs. For example, we now put all of our industry and country certifications into Arena PLM, so our salespeople have instant access to them. As we use the software, we continue to uncover more and more valuable functionality."

Arena PLM has made it easy for Ruckus to efficiently and accurately document its activities for compliance. With the WEEE and RoHS regulations introduced by the European Union, Ruckus can ensure it meets compliance requirements by using Arena PLM to track part-level compliance status and evidence. The company can generate instant reports as necessary, to minimize the risk of shipments being held at a border.

"Ruckus Wireless is going about it all right. They've established a rock solid infrastructure that will carry them through this period of hyper growth, from the start-up phase to being an established, highly successful company. The fact that Arena PLM is a critical pillar of support for them couldn't please me more," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions.

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