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Four Operations Executives Reveal Their Strategy for Success

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Arena understands the huge responsibility of managing a globally dispersed supply chain in an increasingly competitive market. And yes, operations managers are expected to do it all: chase KPIs, select contractors, approve vendor lists, evaluate proposals, orchestrate product ramp, and work closely with engineering, quality and manufacturing to review and approve engineering change orders (ECOs). Managing so many tasks at once leaves operations execs feeling like acrobats, spinning plates on sticks while riding unicycles — only now they are spinning in multiple time zones and attempting to keep it all going in real time. No wonder they ponder questions like these:

  • Can I create and manage a flexible, secure supply chain which is external to the company spanning different time zones? 
  • How can I efficiently communicate product data to dispersed partners promptly?
  • What would facilitate valuable manufacturability feedback from suppliers? 
  • How can I better negotiate component prices? 
  • What product development platform will maximize business results, including quality compliance, ALM and product yield?

To help operations managers succeed, we just launched the whitepaper, “Success Strategies of Operations Executives.” This whitepaper aims to provide the following insights:

  • Anatomy of an Operations Nightmare 
  • How Your Supply Chain Visibility Ranks 
  • The Need for Modern Product Development Platforms 
  • How Arena Helps Operations Managers Succeed 
  • Why 1,000 Operations Managers Can’t Be Wrong

We also interviewed four top operations executives to learn how they overcame supply chain management challenges to achieve success. In this whitepaper, you’ll discover why:

  • Nutanix’s Senior Vice President of Operations David Sangster admits that early efforts to manage their outsourcing strategy was not easy.
  • Vice President of Operations Jim Van Patten constantly asks “what-if” questions like, “What would happen if I created a partial product, kitted it in China, and then packaged it and shipped somewhere else?”
  • Swan Valley’s Chief Operating Officer Laurence Sampson says that without the right solution it had become “increasingly difficult to accurately recall the correction evidence in the context of an external audit.”
  • Palo Alto Networks’ Supply Chain Risk and Operations Manager Rachel Yabut prioritizes supply chain wide visibility.

A key point of this whitepaper is the need for a single unified modern product development platform that enhances supplier relations, supply chain collaboration and operational excellence. A modern product development platform that enables buyers to make informed purchasing decisions to comparatively shop for quotes on parts and find alternatives to expensive components with long delivery times. In addition, product lifecycle management (PLM) interwoven with ALM and QMS empowers operations professionals with greater visibility into their company’s key performance indicators and identify potential risks that may impact their supply chain and, ultimately, their company’s finances.

A recent survey documented in this whitepaper found that 1,000 operations managers determined that a secure and modern all-in-one product development platform could reduce ECO cycles, accelerate time to market and improve product quality by nearly 75%.

But even after these compelling findings, some shortsighted C-level executives may still be skeptical of a product development platform’s ROI. 

Shame on them.

And that’s why operations managers — frustrated with a lack of supply chain wide visibility — are the biggest influencers driving demand for more modern all-in-one cloud based product development platforms. Operations managers have the most to gain (improved quality, reduced costs, lowered risk, collapsed time to market) and most to lose (product errors and rising costs).

If you’re an operations manager faced with the challenge of managing globally dispersed supply chain teams, consider reading this whitepaper. Click here to download your copy today.