Göttingen - 3/16/16
Great start with Microsoft Dynamics AX
With the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics AX in China, Prima Power is creating the perfect basis for its growth objectives. The new ERP system made a good impression with its flexibility and scalability above all. All administrative and operational equirements of Prima Power‘s business processes are completely covered by Microsoft Dynamics AX.
With the establishment of a new plant in China (Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province), Prima Power, a leading manufacturer of sheet metal working machines and systems, is expanding its business area. With further production plants in Italy, Finland, and the US, the company supplies machines and systems to the whole world. The distribution and service network is active in more than 70 countries, through either a direct presence or a network of specialty dealers. In order to provide optimal support for the business processes, Prima Power wanted to set up a futureproof ERP system right when the plant was established. Microsoft Dynamics AX was chosen as the new ERP base platform.
Scalable solution, secure partner
Prima Power was convinced by Microsoft Dynamics AX for several reasons. First of all, the solution supports quick and easy order entry. Furthermore, a high degree of coverage of important industry‐specific functions such as production, quality management, distribution, and reporting is ensured. Another argument for using Microsoft Dynamics AX was the high level of transparency and flexibility of the system: the system is easy to adapt and extend. Future modifications of the operating processes, for example due to statutory requirements or changing market requirements, can be incorporated straightforwardly. The implementation contract went to the IT service provider Sycor China, which has been active for several years with its own branch in Shanghai.
“We selected Sycor as a project partner because it was able to demonstrate the desired professional expertise and corresponding references,” says Mr. Claudio Baggiani, General Manager at Prima Power Suzhou. However, not only specialist knowledge was decisive for Prima Power‘s decision. “Right from the start, Sycor gave us the feeling that they understood us and the company,” remarks Baggiani further. The implementation project managed by Sycor was carried out successfully in time and budget. Coordination occurred quickly and straightforwardly through a branch directly on site.
Integrated coverage of all corporate processes
The task of the new system was clear: optimal process support for the areas of marketing and sales, inventory, purchasing and supplier management, production, and calculation. Furthermore, the financing area had to comply with the local legally required reports and vouchers. As part of the project, Sycor provided a team consisting of a project manager, a logistics consultant, a production consultant, a financial consultant, and several technical developers. “The challenge of this project was that we had to implement the system without a template. One plant in Europe already uses Microsoft Dynamics AX, but with a different production model and different version of AX. Therefore, we couldn‘t use the template of its ERP system,” says Philip Zhang, General Manager of Sycor China, describing the initial situation. The master data and parts lists come from two plants in Europe, but from two different systems, SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, and in different file formats (CSV and TXT). Furthermore, production at Prima Power is characterized by a complex parts list structure and long product lifecycle. Each order contains about 500 to 800 item lines with a barcode so the entire production process can be traced optimally. Besides the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution, Sycor also handles the hosting of the ERP servers and takes care of the daily operation of the servers.
“At the moment no external systems are connected to Microsoft Dynamics AX yet, but we are planning the integration of an automated storage system,” explains Baggiani. After the system went live, Prima Power extended the system to also cover the requirements of the Beijing economic zone and expand it with the area of spare parts management. “The next step will be to implement the Service module and Project Management and Accounting module of Dynamics AX at Prima Power,” says Philip Zhang.
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About Sycor China
Sycor China is the Shanghai‐based operation of the Sycor Group, a global IT company headquartered in Göttingen, Germany. As a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), Sycor China specializes in enterprise resource planning (ERP) business and IT consulting. In addition to ERP implementation and support (SAP, Microsoft Dynamics), Sycor China also provides management consulting, outsourcing of systems and applications (with support from Germany), and other IT services. Sycor China is networked closely with and supported by the Sycor Group’s global teams in Germany, Singapore, the USA and Canada.
The Sycor Group is a full‐range IT service provider with 500 employees around the world. With headquarters in Göttingen and further locations in Germany, Austria and North and South America, the company has an international presence.
SYCOR GmbH maintains a quality management system certified according o DIN EN ISO 9001. Sycor is a Gold‐Level Channel Partner and Hosting Partner as well as Partner Center of Expertise of SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. As a Microsoft partner, Sycor has various Gold and Silver competencies and is Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider as well a Global Independent Software Vendor (GISV).
The Sycor Group generated sales of EUR 66.7 million with an average of 520 employees in 2015.
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