Alex managed social media marketing and communications at Arena from 2011 to 2012. Although coming in fresh to the manufacturing industry, Alex is married to an engineer and is well aware of the frustrations that come with product revision and bill of materials management! Through social media, Alex was very involved with helping engineers and manufacturers solve their problems and discover new ways to move their products and business forward.
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Liquid Robotics, an Arena customer and Bay Area startup, is on a mission to change the way we understand the ocean. Although oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface, we know very little about their weather, currents, chemistry, topography...Continue reading »
I love a good opportunity to brag about Arena customers, and so I’d like to thank Lytro for giving me something to talk about. Last week, Lytro launched an ultra-compact light field photography camera that allows users to take pictures...Continue reading »
Oct. 27, 2011
When you outsource assembly, the product of your engineering department isn’t really hardware—it’s raw information.This raw information (BOMs, drawings, specifications, purchasing and sourcing information) is of critical importance to your suppliers, yet many OEMs lack visibility into how ambiguous...Continue reading »
If you’re in the process of adopting a PLM system (or an ERP system, or a CRM system for that matter) you may be feeling a mix of excitement...Continue reading »
Securing pricing is a struggle for every manufacturer who enters into an outsourcing partnership. But is focusing on reducing part and service prices the best way to lower your total outsourcing costs?I recently spoke with Kate Vitasek, a faculty member at the Center for Executive Education at the University of...Continue reading »
Oct. 11, 2011
On any given team, a wide variety of people—from engineers to customer-facing staff—must work together to move business forward. But when you’re dealing with tight production schedules and aggressive quarterly goals, keeping everyone on the...Continue reading »
To everyone who waited so patiently while I got this write up together—thank you! Our 2011 Arena Solutions Manufacturing Outsourcing survey found some interesting differences in the specific benefits and challenges of outsourcing strategies across a wide variety of industries,...Continue reading »
I know it’s taken forever, but I finally finished the Arena Solutions Manufacturing Outsourcing Survey report. (Whew!) We talked to 1004 respondents across the high-tech, medical device, consumer products, industrial, clean tech, automotive, aerospace, telecoms, contract manufacturers/EMS companies (et. all) segments, and I have to say—the resulting 10-page report...Continue reading »
Supply chain diversification is perpetually on the mind of most production managers. Not too surprising, considering how turbulent 2011 has been politically, economically and geologically. (Earthquakes and hurricanes, I’m talking to you.)Where has all the...Continue reading »