How do mold companies avoid “don’t go to ERP and wait to die, go to ERP to die”

The ERP system plays a pivotal role in the realization of enterprise information management. However, due to factors such as unclear needs, incorrect selection, and ineffective implementation, some enterprises have failed to implement ERP, which has seriously affected the normal operation of the enterprise. ERP waits to die, goes to ERP to find death” such a sentence. So, how can companies avoid this situation?

In view of the current diversified market situation in the ERP industry, when companies implement ERP projects, the initial stage of the selection is very important, and they must follow a reasonable idea to make rational and pragmatic selection decisions.

First, analyze requirements, clarify goals and scope of implementation

The most important thing for an enterprise to carry out informatization is to analyze the actual situation and management status of the enterprise, and to put forward the implementation goals and scope of enterprise informatization in a targeted manner. For most companies at present, it is more appropriate to use information technology to improve basic management, plug management loopholes, and strengthen the standardization of business operations. It is more appropriate to seek benefits from basic management. Enterprise informatization has gone through several stages of departmental informatization, integration of business and financial operations, integration of production and sales, integration of process control, and integration of decision-making. These are a gradual process. When making informatization planning, enterprises must clarify the management bottleneck problems that are solved by informatization, the business scope and department scope that require system application, and clarify specific informatization application requirements and goals.

Fangtian Mould ERP production management system provides enterprises with integrated management solutions, including: ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), MES (Workshop Execution System), APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling), PLM (Product Life Cycle), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), OA (Collaborative Office Software), Finance and other products, but integrate these products comprehensively and consistently, so that they can be closely integrated with the mold company’s operating procedures and information to generate the greatest system application value.

Second, learn from the informatization experience of the same industry

After years of informatization construction, most domestic industries have passed the stage of crossing the river by feeling the stones, and most industries have relatively mature application cases for ERP applications. The planning, implementation experience, stage results, possible risks in the process of project implementation, and necessary preventive measures for the informatization construction of enterprises in the same industry are valuable assets for enterprises preparing to launch ERP projects and are worth learning. Through in-depth investigation, not only can we understand the construction of other enterprises, but also can make appropriate corrections to the main problems to be solved by the enterprise’s informatization and the predetermined goals to be achieved. At the same time, it is also possible to inspect and verify the performance construction experience of major suppliers in the same industry as one of the important basis for selecting software vendors, so as to avoid becoming a test field for some software vendors.

Third, show the necessary business processes of software products

ERP has been developed in China for many years, and most companies are more accepting the route of “mature package software + professional implementation team + appropriate customized development”. In this case, individualized development is necessary according to the characteristics of enterprise management and construction goals, but the greater the ratio of mature software to development, the smaller the project risk. For certain key industries, such as molds, machinery, electronics, hardware, auto parts, and other industries, many software manufacturers have formed certain industry solutions. These industry solutions not only meet corporate standard applications, but also extract and sublimate industry applications, which can basically meet the individual application requirements of a certain industry.

With the continuous development of the enterprise, when the enterprise process changes, the domestic software package will inevitably involve secondary development. To solve this problem, Fangtian Software has added the system dynamic modeling function to the system to provide the enterprise with processes and documents. , Report custom function. It has successfully avoided the risk of secondary development by software companies as the company develops.

Fourth, choose the implementation subject and implementation team

Clear needs and goals, a set of mature software products, if not implemented by the right people, will have very different results. When choosing a model, an enterprise must choose the subject of the project to be implemented. When selecting a software model, it is also choosing a suitable software supplier. If the entire ERP implementation fails because of the unreliability of the implementation body and the implementation team, then it is a misfortune that will become an eternal hate!

Fifth, determine a reasonable project budget

Enterprises want to spend the least money and do the most things. ERP is different. ERP is a job that “can do as much as you spend”. In ERP, enterprises should avoid large-scale investment regardless of cost, nor should they be too concerned about the cost to affect the quality and duration of the project, let alone any software vendor can do it, just hold down the price, in that case, it is like just picking up the asking price when seeing a doctor. The lowest doctor is just as ridiculous. However, it does not mean that you must find the most expensive one, but the one that best suits your needs.

Reasonable ERP project budget should consider the following aspects:

  • One is what to do: based on the needs of a certain project scope and project goals;
  • The second is how to do it: specific implementation planning and implementation strategies;
  • The third is what to do: What kind of product technology route to take, high-end, mid-end or low-end products?
  • Fourth, who will do it: What kind of software company and what kind of implementation consultant are you looking for?
  • Fifth, who will do it together: What kind of organizational structure does the company need to form, and what kind of systems and incentives are needed to ensure it?

Companies must determine these five issues through investigation, investigation and analysis. The construction of an ERP project is an investment activity, and a reasonable and long-term informatization budget must be formulated according to the enterprise’s informatization strategy. The initial selection of ERP should be based on the overall target and related selection criteria to determine the supply. You must know that ERP is not applicable to the “lowest bid winning” game rule.

In short, ERP selection is a complicated process, and companies should carefully follow the above five steps to do a good job selection, so as to avoid the dilemma of “not waiting for ERP, but for ERP”.

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