Arena News Launches New Partner Program

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Foster City, Calif., Dec 9 -, a leading provider of online product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today launched the partner program. The program is designed to help customers maximize the value they receive from their PLM investments through strategic alliances between and industry-leading organizations. has launched the program along with new partnerships with, Cadence Design Systems, Digi-Key, eFunda,, Thomas Register and TRUSTe. These new alliances, in addition to existing strategic relationships with IDEO, QAD and SolidWorks, help unify the design and manufacturing supply chain for its customers.Partner companies participate in the program in a range of capacities - from linking their solutions with the application to providing strategic input into the PLM platform. When customers use the standards-based, web-native application to manage the complex relationships that define their products, they gain access to a PLM system that can integrate seamlessly with mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), electronic design automation (EDA) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools. Other types of partnerships ensure that customers benefit from a secure, reliable foundation for the application; easy, timely access to part and supplier information from within the application; and use of a PLM solution designed with strategic input from design and manufacturing leaders. partners in the program benefit from activities like joint sales and marketing programs, early access to new versions of the application, increased awareness among the customer base, dedicated technical support and strategic consulting on combining their solutions with the PLM product. has formed several categories of partnerships - Integration, Solution, Infrastructure, Content, Referral and Consulting - to enhance its ability to support customers’ product development needs:

  • Integration - collaborates with Integration partners so that the application works easily with other design and manufacturing applications to help streamline product development processes. Integration partners include Cadence Design Systems and SolidWorks. To help ensure standards-based interoperability between the application and Cadence design technologies, has joined the Cadence Connections Program.
  • Solution - collaborates with Solution partners to extend its powerful PLM functionality to customers of those companies. The first Solution partner is QAD.
  • Infrastructure - Infrastructure partners help ensure that the hosted application is built on a secure, reliable platform. The first Infrastructure partner to join the program is TRUSTe. Through the partnership, has earned the TRUSTe Privacy Seal, demonstrating its commitment to customer privacy and security.
  • Content - Content partners give customers easier access to part and supplier information from within the application. Content partners include Thomas Register and Digi-Key.
  • Referral - Referral partners offer the application through online and other distribution channels to provide a PLM resource to their users. Referral partners include, eFunda and
  • Consulting - teams with Consulting partners to ensure that the application meets the needs of design and manufacturing organizations now and in the future. The first consulting partner to join the program is IDEO.

“As the primary system of record for product data, a PLM application is uniquely positioned not only to manage information that previously had to be handled manually, but also to comprehend related data from disparate systems like MCAD, EDA and ERP tools,” said Michael Topolovac, CEO of “ goes one step further with its web-native architecture, which facilitates standards-based information exchange across these systems. customers gain not only a centralized view of their product information, but also access to an online PLM system that will continue to scale to meet their needs. Partnerships are a critical piece of this ongoing evolution, and we’re pleased to have so many well-respected organizations helping us offer a more complete PLM solution. We welcome them all as partners.”

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