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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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When should you take operations abroad?

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...

June 12, 2012

Why your innovation BOM belongs in PartsList

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...

June 7, 2012

Is there a right time to buy ERP?

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...

May 31, 2012