SOURCE: Arena Solutions

September 27, 2007 08:00 ET

Register for Upcoming Forum on Best Practices in Manufacturing Outsourcing From Arena Solutions/Symphony Consulting

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) -

TITLE:  Manufacturing Outsourcing Forum: A Best Practices Session

WHEN:   8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007

WHERE:  Sheraton-Faz, 1108 N. Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA

FOR:    Operations, engineering, product management, and finance
        professionals at original equipment manufacturers -- primarily
        small or mid-size -- who are directly involved with or impacted by
        manufacturing outsourcing and who wish to gain greater control of
        their current efforts.


    --  Bijan Dastmalchi, co-founder and president of Symphony Consulting,
        Inc., a Silicon Valley consulting firm specializing in
        manufacturing outsourcing and supply chain management.
    --  John Holton, principal of Symphony Consulting, has more than 20
        years of experience in strategic procurement, materials, and supply
        chain management.
    --  Mark Holman, senior vice president of Operations and Strategic
        Development at Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand
        product lifecycle management (PLM) software.

        Please use the following Arena promotion code (ARN1017) for a
        discount of $100 off the registration fee.

        Contact Tanya Ridpath, (540) 831-5800 or

COST:   $495


The outsourced manufacturing model utilized by virtually all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the electronics industry carries with it both risks and rewards. Planned and executed correctly, outsourcing can lead to reduced overhead, lower cost, faster time-to-market, and reduced inventory levels.

This all day best practices forum on manufacturing outsourcing is a 50/50 combination of short presentations from supply chain experts, as well as interactive dialogue among the participants through facilitated open discussion sessions.

Arena Solutions and Symphony Consulting will cover the following:

--  Key considerations in selecting the right contract manufacturer
--  Preparing the request for proposal for maximum visibility into the
    contending contract manufacturers' capabilities for decision making
--  Tools and methodologies for analyzing a contract manufacturer's
    quotation and cost structure
--  Critical steps in ensuring a successful new product introduction
--  Root causes of inventory liability in the supply chain and what to do
    to reduce exposure

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start Magazine's "Hottest" Companies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at

About Symphony Consulting

Symphony Consulting is a Silicon Valley-based company that provides strategic supply chain and manufacturing outsourcing expertise to help high technology companies reach their financial and operational goals. Symphony's strategic consulting services and in-depth workshops on advanced supply chain methodologies show companies how to enhance revenue potential, increase profitability and reduce inventory liability. Contact Symphony Consulting at (650) 968-1930 or visit

Arena Solutions, Arena PLM Workgroup Edition, Arena PLM Professional Edition, and Arena PLM Enterprise Edition are trademarks of Arena Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names are the property of their respective holders.

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