Foundry Networks Standardizes on On-demand PLM for Global Supply Chain

Networking manufacturer taps Arena solution in initiative to manage product data, simplify collaboration with suppliers

Networking manufacturer taps Arena solution in initiative to manage product data, simplify collaboration with suppliers

Menlo Park, CA — March 21, 2006 — Technology company Foundry Networks has standardized on a Web-based product lifecycle management (PLM) application from Arena solutions for all of its product data as part of an initiative to simplify collaboration among its outsourced contract manufacturers and global suppliers.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., Foundry Networks is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security and Web traffic management solutions.

The company is using the Arena PLM solution to manage product data for all its products. Arena said that its PLM solution simplifies collaboration by enabling Foundry's entire global supply chain to work concurrently from a single, centralized product record that is easily accessed over the Internet.

Faster to Market

With real-time, 24x7 access to complete and accurate product records, costly errors and lost time due to manual re-entry is eliminated, allowing Foundry to bring higher quality products to market faster, while lowering the company's product development costs, Arena said.

Foundry also has integrated its Arena PLM solution with the company's Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, further streamlining its product development process and increasing time to market, Arena said. The integration with the ERP system helps ensure data consistency between the planning system and the PLM solution, eliminating costly and time-consuming manual data re-entry processes and ensuring that material components are ordered based on the most current information, according to Arena.

"Given our prior experience implementing traditional client/server PLM solutions, we have been very impressed with Arena PLM," said Richard Bridges, vice president of manufacturing at Foundry Networks. "Arena's on-demand model liberates us from maintaining costly IT infrastructure and allows us to focus on what we do best, developing innovative networking products."

Meeting Compliance Deadlines

In addition to managing product design and development data, Arena PLM enables Foundry to design its products to meet compliance regulations such as the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). With Arena On-Demand PLM, Foundry is on track to meet the July 1 RoHS deadline, as well as manage other future and pending regulatory, industry and safety standards, according to Arena.

"Arena PLM is a great choice for companies like Foundry Networks who have geographically dispersed operations and a global supply chain," said Michael Topolovac, CEO of Arena Solutions. "With Arena, each stakeholder in the business process can have access to a single, centralized product record without having to incur the cost and complexity of a global deployment."