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.
Read more great stuff from A below!
June 12, 2012
When a business begins to sell across the globe, it’s sometimes assumed that the next step is to move some—or most—of the manufacturing operations to one or more foreign countries as well. After all, it’s always advantageous to be closer to your customer base—right? Not necessarily. The decision to...Continue reading »
June 7, 2012
As I mentioned on Tuesday, we’re doing a lot of thinking about the innovation BOM—a tool for conceptual design that provides organization to the innovation process. The innovation BOM was developed out of a need to organize and empower design innovation. While most engineers keep their earliest lists...Continue reading »
When you’re coming up with ideas early in the design process, where do you record them? I’m guessing emails, spreadsheets, and notepads. Maybe you even store those ideas in your own head. You see, when you’re innovating, it’s important to have flexibility....Continue reading »
May 31, 2012
We’ve all heard the saying before—timing is everything. But what about when buying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution? Is there a right time to buy, and how much is at stake if you wait too long? ERP is a powerful tool for two key business objectives—syncing up the...Continue reading »
Choosing supply chain partners is one of the most important decisions you make when scaling your business, but knowing which suppliers to trust can be a risky game. Whether you’re sourcing components, semi-finished products or finished goods, it helps...Continue reading »
May 8, 2012
Social networks aren’t just for the kids these days. Professional online communities today offer unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers, stay up-to-date on trends and best practices and find solutions for your toughest occupational challenges.And even if you’re in a specific field...Continue reading »
Ian McCullough, product development consultant for startups “What you want to do will define how you get off the ground. When you make and sell physical goods, you begin to trade flexibility once you start making material purchases. It...Continue reading »
Prior to Arena and the advent of cloud, PLM was an expensive gamble. PLM solutions took a long time to implement, and implementations frequently failed. Faced with frightening odds, small and mid-size manufacturers used makeshift tools like spreadsheets to keep product data organized. And while the spreadsheets were free, the...Continue reading »
If you’ve ever designed for parts that are non-compliant or approaching end-of-life, you understand the value of accessible and up-to-date component information. But unless you work for an enterprise with access to expensive data aggregation services, it isn’t easy to get detailed and timely information for off-the-shelf components. To...Continue reading »
Desktop Engineering’s editor-at-large Anthony Lockwood combs through dozens of new product releases each week to find the latest tool helping engineers innovate and create better designs. Starting with the very first Pick of the Week in 2007...Continue reading »