Arena Blog

Alyssa Sittig

Alyssa played an instrumental role in the development of the Arena Blog and social media channels from 2011 to 2012. Joining the team with a background in public policy, Alyssa was particularly interested in the challenges that manufacturers face both domestically and overseas when taking products to market.

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Bringing a hardware renaissance to Silicon Valley

As the name implies, Silicon Valley is home to a vast number of software startups. From giants like Facebook and Google in the South Bay to Twitter, Zynga and Salesforce in San Francisco, it feels like there’s a new app, social network or cloud tool emerging every day. And...

Aug. 16, 2012

Engineering Change Orders 101

An engineering change order (ECO) does a lot of things—it describes a change, identifies the impact of the change and ensures that the right people have reviewed and approved the change. To avoid potential design, manufacturing and inventory errors or miscommunications with your teammates and suppliers, your ECOs need...

Aug. 14, 2012

Surviving a breakup with your supplier

As the saying goes, we don’t always appreciate a relationship until it ends. This is just as true in life as it is in manufacturing—especially when it comes to manufacturer/supplier relationships. While it's important to focus on establishing solid supplier relationships in the first place, you should also be prepared in...

Aug. 7, 2012