SOURCE: Arena Solutions

April 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Arena Solutions Offers Industry-Leading Service Level Agreements and Transparency Into Network System Status

Leading On-Demand PLM Provider Challenges Traditional Enterprise Software Vendors to Provide Performance Guarantee and Real-Time Access for Product Uptime and Availability

MENLO PARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2006 -- Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers, today announced that all of its Arena PLM products now come with a guaranteed service level agreement (SLA). Arena's customers can expect to receive a minimum planned uptime and availability of 99.5% on its service or they will receive a credit against their subscription if their PLM solution does not perform according to a global SLA. As with all upgrades to Arena PLM, the Arena PLM SLA is effective immediately and free of charge for all Arena PLM customers. In addition, Arena Solutions now provides its customers with real-time access to network availability, uptime, and historical system performance through its public website http://www.arenasolutions.com/uptime.

Since inception of the service in 2001, Arena PLM has had more than 99.96% uptime -- through 45 major releases of the product and hundreds of minor upgrades -- providing customers with unparalleled service performance and availability. Now, with its SLA, Arena Solutions further ensures that customers continue to receive the value and reliability they require to manage their critical product data.

"Arena PLM was built from the ground up as a pure-play, multi-tenant on-demand service," said Michael Topolovac, CEO of Arena Solutions. "We have invested several million dollars into building a rock-solid architecture so our customers don't have to. By leveraging shared infrastructure, Arena PLM provides customers with a level of network uptime and availability that is far greater than any solution they could ever hope to build for themselves using traditional client/server solutions."

"In today's fast-paced and highly competitive market, manufacturers and suppliers alike are increasingly turning to PLM to address the challenges brought about by globalization, outsourcing, and new compliance regulations," said Jim Brown, Vice President, Global Product Innovation and Engineering Research, Aberdeen Group. "They can't afford to have a PLM solution that performs only some of the time. The availability and reliability of their PLM solution is becoming almost as critical as their phone or email service. By putting in place a guaranteed service level agreement for their PLM products and real-time access into systems status, Arena is stepping up their level of accountability in providing solutions to help their customers improve product innovation performance."

"Arena was the first to bring the benefits of on-demand -- faster deployment and more cost-effective solutions -- to the PLM market," added Topolovac. "As the model evolves, we continue to be at the forefront of the market by making the unique benefits of on-demand PLM a reality for our customers so they can experience even greater productivity. These benefits include complete transparency into network availability, increased reliability through service level guarantees and a rich, AJAX-based UI experience. We challenge any client/server solution to provide that same level of performance, reliability and openness into their solution."

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 global outsourced supply chains to streamline their outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, and speed time-to-market. Offering the broadest suite of on-demand PLM solutions on the market today -- Arena PLM Workgroup Edition, Arena PLM Professional Edition, and Arena PLM Enterprise Edition -- Arena PLM has been adopted by over 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the 2005 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year -- Notable Innovators" and Start Magazine's "Hot" Companies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.arenasolutions.com.

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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