Connectivity Is King in NPI Project Management

Foster City, Calif.Mar. 21, 2014Arena Solutions realizes that connectivity is one underappreciated factor within project management to consider when original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) determine how to bring products to market faster with reduced product error.

Connectivity is a theme of Arena’s Spring ‘14 release with new linking capabilities added to Arena Projects that OEMs can now use to connect with a number of their business systems, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), computer aided design (CAD), electronic design automation (EDA), software bug management systems, quality systems or even document management systems, such as SharePoint. Arena Projects’ enhanced linking capabilities enable OEMs to place it at the center of their suite of multi-software solutions and go-to-market tools to streamline process benefits.

Having only one version of the truth improves collaboration, visibility and audit history.

This is how it works. Arena Projects is a project management solution that allows users to create a URL link inside their project schedule in seconds within Arena PLM BOMControl. This enables Arena Projects to become the center of the action for all your complex new product introduction (NPI) processes. With Arena Projects, OEMs now have a centralized dashboard in their product lifecycle management (PLM) system that provides both visibility into system product records and related processes, as well as links to those records to further investigate influencers that can impact product designs.

Arena Projects is linked to the product record in Arena PLM BOMControl at all schedule levels, allowing global collaboration around items, changes, files and tasks. Comprehensive reporting supports a generation of detailed project metrics across different product lines.

Using Arena’s project management solution, project managers get detailed, flexible control of deliverables and visibility into project schedules, while keeping their design partners and supply chain up to date.

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