Arena Blog

Topic: Engineering

How are you using Arena PartsList?

We talked last week about how manufacturers use the new Distributor Selection feature of Arena PartsList to ballpark costs with a single click, saving time and effort in the design process. That’s just one of the many ways people use PartsList—one of the interesting things about a...

Sept. 27, 2012

Evaluating suppliers: how to balance your gut feel and the numbers

Bijan is a senior consultant and co-founder of Symphony Consulting, a management consulting firm located in Sunnyvale, California that specializes in sourcing, procurement and supply chain management. This article originally appeared in the Symphony quarterly newsletter. As supply chain and procurement professionals, Symphony Consulting is regularly called upon to...

July 2, 2012

Deciding when a new product line means a new supplier

If you’ve had any luck with your first product, chances are you’re beginning to think about adding a second product to your line. Last year, we found that nearly 47% of manufacturers polled in Arena’s 2011 manufacturing survey plan to introduce a new product into their current market,...

June 21, 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