Monday, November 23, 2009


 Haier is a successful provider of integrated home appliances, meeting the needs of global consumers through continuous innovation. Haier’s business includes the following six units: white goods, brown goods, client solution business, equipment components manufacturing group, retailing and finance.
 Haier will continue to develop grasps, namely any place all pays attention at any time deals with the good three relations. First is the inactivity and the promising relations, second is the relations which the key breakthrough and the closed loop optimizes, third is hundred meters sprints and runs the marathon relations.
 It succeeds three treasures: the dream, the brand (Haier is in our country enterprise most takes the brand, the implementation brand strategy most has the achievement the enterprise. Haier implements the name brand strategy early, most consistent most), the organized group (take Zhang Ruimin, Yang Mianmian as head management organized group, is crucial factor which Haier succeeds, this point already does not need to prove).


Hardware & Software

Haier’s productions include computer. The company utilizes sophisticated hardware and software to keep up with their demanding business tasks. Their hardware includes a combination of input devices, output devices, storage, processing, telecommunications, and connecting devices. Specific hardware used include: personal computers and notebooks, mouse and keyboard, modems, video cards, and routers.
Haier uses both application and system software to efficiently execute the instructions performed by the hardware. System software is Windows Vista. Application software used includes Word processing & Spreadsheet software provided by Microsoft. Graphics software, communications software, and presentation software are also a few other application software used by Haier.
Haier takes advantage of several types of computers to perform business operations. These computers include: PDA’s, Notebooks, Desktop Computers, and Mainframes. They use mainframes for their critical applications such as bulky data processing, transaction processing, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and consumer/industry statistics.

Their Data Administrator is responsible for the IT related issues and provides security privileges for staff and customers. The department is overseen by the CIO (Chief Information Officer) Haiqin Xie. Haier's unique philosophy has merged the business experience of East and West to become an international model of corporate management. And there are some models like OEC approach, the “Ball-on-Slope” theory, the “Active Shocked Fish” theory, market chain management, individual-goal combination management system.

Haier conducts its business with the public over the Internet. Users create an account through Haier’s web page and choose a username and password. The user must log in when they wish to place orders, upload photos, or make payments. The web page is user-friendly and professional.
The internal network at Haier includes a series of switched network LANs and WANs. The different LANs are designated for the different aspects of the business. The switched system ensures that information reaches its designated destination rather than all computers on the network. It also ensures efficient operation of the network in that multiple sets of information can be exchanged at the same time. Haier follows the distributed presentation client/server software model. Haier’s server handles almost all functions including data management and logic, while the client (customer) uploads their photos and enters order and payment information.
LAN is the network that covers a building or buildings in close proximity. Haier uses the LAN to connect their every office and every building together.WAN is the network serving areas or buildings not in immediate proximity to each other. Because Haier is a large company, it need to uses WAN to connect networks at different locations around a city, or in different cities across a province, or even the entire world.

Internet Connection
Haier uses Routers as connection. Routers connect together separate networks of computers, unlike hubs and switches that connect individual computers. As we know, Haier is a large company, it uses not only one router, and also uses hub and switch, and several routers. Haier also uses Voice over IP on washing machine, Wrist Automatic Electronic Blood Pressure Monitor, computer, cellphone. For example, Haier XQSB60-928 uses a voice-navigation feature, your every work can be its clear voice prompts, is very convenient.

Haier is committed to protecting your privacy on the Internet. Confidentiality and availability are focused on more so than authenticity and integrity, though they are important as well. When it comes to consumer data collected electronically, Haier Group will provide notice, choice, access and security in ways described below. In general, customers can visit Haier Group on the World Wide Web without having to reveal any personal information that you do not want to disclose. Their web servers collect domain names and not the e-mail addresses. This information may be aggregated on a "no names" basis just to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the site, or pages viewed. Their web servers also seek (as many Web sites do) to place a "cookie" (a small data file) on your computer's hard drive which allows the server to recognize the computer when it visits again. This helps track statistical information about navigation through our site. This cookie is not used to obtain your name or any personal data, and the information that is tracked is used only for internal purposes, such as to improve site navigation. Haier Group uses these data to measure the usage of, and improve the content of their sites. In an effort to make your visit both efficient and safe, all transfers of personal information via this site meet Haier Group rigorous Internet security standards. Occasionally, our site may contain electronic links to other sites. In case you choose to go to those sites, their own privacy policy and privacy preferences will apply.

Logging In
Haier’s domain name is Users go to this site to know Haier’s news, products, service.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Business Article

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Summary of the article

Haier is the fourth largest goods manufacturer and global consumer in electronic maker in today world. In 2008 they were ranked the 18th top 50 consumer electronic brand. They were also ranked in 2008-2009 the first for the third time in a row the top brand from china. These rankings consist of the entire leading consumer electronic brand from the four areas of North America, West Europe, Japan, Korea and China. This situation where by all the candidates will be assessed by people through online voting on TWICE’s global network of websites and at the end of the voting the final assessment will be made by expert from famous international enterprises. The expert will then show a clear concept of globalization and a strong desire to go global, and have detail strategies for their brands to develop in overseas market. Other criteria include global sales, achievement and the brand awareness. In 1999 Haier campaign there product with a three-in-one strategy: complete localization of design, manufacture and marketing. They now successfully provide high quality and energy efficient home appliances that are designed and manufactured in facilities all over the world, to over 160 countries.

In 2006, they focus on building a global recognized brand that competes with other electronics leaders. They achieve these goals by providing quality home appliances and energy product. According to the article the ranking of the global top 50 really encourage them to continue to globalize there strategy and bring home appliances and consumer electronics to people all over the world.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


1)a. The system did not provide a graphical interface and did not provide for ad-hoc reporting. Students use a tool such as System Architect (Popkin Software) for creating the models.
b. The old system did not provide the ability to monitor student progress. The new system will need to capture this data of students register for designated classes in a batch process using the class rosters provided by the Colleague system. At the end of each semester, a batch of grade rosters will be used to enter the grades into the system too.
c. The old system was not even based on a file server architecture since the client PCs in the program were not part of a single LAN. Active Server Pages has built in objects for connecting to the database and for handling communication with the browser.
d. The old system did not support remote access. A web-enabled system would meet the need for remote access to a common database.
e. The old system did not meet the needs of the program like remotely access a single database, create a semester course schedule and to view student transcripts, reporting on student progress on completing prerequisites, exception reporting on students failing to meet program standards. The process is modeled using Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs). The top level DFD is the Context Diagram, shown as Figure 1, and it lays out the net inputs and outputs to the E-Administrator system. The system consists of 5 functions – Admissions, Registration, Scheduling, Reporting and Data Maintenance. The next level DFD is the System DFD, and it lays out the events associated with the functions.
In a conclusion, they developed a logical process model of the MSMIS system, a logical data model of the MSMIS system, a Network Architecture DFD, a Physical Schema, a prototype of the Reports, a prototype of the Input Forms, a prototype of the User Interface and describe some of the tools used in the construction of a system to solve problems.
2)Yes, it is.
Given the absence of a common LAN and the lack of network support staff, the typical File server and Client/Server distributed architectures were not feasible.
However, every client was now connected to the Internet. There is no need for any special network support. In terms of hardware, the clients already existed in the form of the PCs on each desk. A server with its own IP address would be needed. In terms of software, the system would need a web server, a database management system, an integrated development environment (IDE) for program construction, and browsers on the clients.
3)a)Haier uses B2B and B2C e-Commerce.
In the website (CNNIC), Haier website ranked first in Chinese industrial website. With high technology, high quality products, Haier website has always paid attention to scientific research and development.
Haier is always active to know customer needs, judging if products are competitive based on the questionnaire survey.
b) Haier uses software-as-a-service, push, F2b2c, VoIP and Web 2.0 internet business models. In terms of software-as-a-service, customers can buy products on line. I terms of push, people can get information, services and product offerings on Haier’s network. Customers can find out on the internet that Haier also provides product specification. On the network of Haier, it offers services like send voice communications and online collaboration.
c)Haier adopts Online ads marketing mix.
d)Haier uses Digital Wallet and Smart Cards payments systems.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Business Strategy

1)For your company, which of the 3 generic business strategies is used? If differentiation, then how do they differentiate their services/products?
1) Haier as a company focus on differentiation as our business strategy. We believe that the essence of globalization is localization. For Haier, this means a “three-in- one” operational framework: complete localization of design, manufacture and marketing. Haier aims to use local financing and employees to become a part of the local community while creating a global brand.

2). For your industry, estimate how much power each of the 5 forces has (suppliers include their employees and suppliers of technology). How do they reduce the buyer and supplier power? How do they create switching costs and entry barriers?
Buyer power is great in bargaining. Buyers’ price sensitivity (both big distribution chain and consumers) and relative bargaining power are high. Buyers’ information (more information, more bargaining power) and switching costs are low. Customers compare products or service price and quality which inevitably increase the pressure to manufacturers.
In terms of supplier power, raw materials suppliers and common components are low, the technology suppliers are high and backward integration (R&D department) is possible. Haier's many international suppliers have comparatively higher technology and design capabilities, and thus have greater bargaining powers. The employees in Haier have great pressure.
There are some traditional industry rivals like Intensive competition (both domestic and overseas) , low product differentiation (basic products with some niche products) , high switching and R&D costs ,oligopoly, diversity of competitors is low , barriers to exit is medium , cost conditions(economies of scale and scope ). Firstly, many customers were unable to discriminate low price and low quality air conditioners from low price, high quality products, a price war inevitably ensued. Secondly, sometimes because of the bad weather, there was indeed a greater supply than demand.
In terms of threat of new entrants, because of the industry's huge profit potential, not only do traditional electrical appliance manufactures invest capital to rebuild equipments and expand production, but also other non-electrical appliance corporations also enter the market. Economies of scale and scope is high, capital intensive, low product differentiation, access to channels of distribution channels is high, relation with established producers (technology aspects), brand recognition and customer loyalty .
For the threat of substitute products or services like new generation products, niche products for special customer needs, relative prices and performance of substitutes. Refrigeration mechanisms do not vary and thus a threat of substitutes to Haier's products is slim.

Haier use overall Every Control and Clear (OEC), 3Rs and 3Ts support systems reduce the supplier power. By using OEC, from the CEO to the ordinary workers, everyone knows what they should do each day which helps them to assess their job performance. The logistics center arranges purchasing and distribution, and the product center arranges production; products are sent to the customers by the logistics distribution system, and payment for goods are sent to the suppliers of product center, business center and logistics center. This organizational structure realizes that Haier's external and internal factors are connected by the networks, forming its business process system.
Haier use quality strategy, supply-chain management and customer relationship management reduce the buyer power. Haier’s supreme quality has been validated by many international standards, such as ISO9001, ISO14001, UL, CSA, SAA, CE, etc. The supply-chain management include framework construction, function integration, internal supply chain integration, external supply chain integration and dynamic alliance of integrated supply chain. Customer’s information by computer systems, providing helpful service information to customers and e-Business as a method of effective utilization of information technology are customer relationship managements.

Haier puts clusters affect competition in three broad ways: increasing the productivity of companies based in the area; driving the direction and pace of innovation, which underpins future productivity growth; 3. by stimulating the formation of new businesses, which expands and strengthens the cluster itself. Barriers to greenfield entry appear to be low to medium in the appliance industry as is evidenced by the numerous new entrants over the past few years. Haier increase the speed to market, accelerated internationalization through linkages. Moreover, Haier uses strategic and organizational innovation: knowledge leverage.Now Haier is building global brands.

3) For your company, what major business initiatives are used or being considered? What software is used? Are they top-line or bottom-line initiatives? 3)Haier used Supply chain management and Customer relationship management.
Haier adopted the ERP system and BBP system (raw materials procurement systems)of SAP company to improve the online business flowsheet .After 2 years ,Haier not only improve its
Management system, but also improve the logistics efficiency, and its e-commerce platform was extended to the supply chain management including the customer and supplier which greatly promoted the development of electronic commerce.

Haier established its online mall site, providing customers with personalized products and services by using the network technology, shorting the distance between Haier and customer, improving customer satisfaction and loyalty of haier's. Its website, in addition to product online ordering sales function, the biggest characteristic is four modules for customer service, product customization, personalized intelligent guide, new product online booking and user design proposal.
SCM,CRM,TPS,ERP and OEC are used by Haier.May be you know what are SCM,CRM,TPS, ERP, but donot know what is OEC.OEC is the software of management created by Haier. The purpose of the OEC is to achieve each day's plan, evaluate that plan, and improve upon those daily accomplishments 1% better than the day before. SCM and TPS are bottom-line, CRM,ERP and OEC are top-line.

4)What type of IT organization is used? What philosophical approach do they use.
4)Fully Integrated.
Decentralized,early adopters of technology .They support and encourage the system of technology innovation failure.

Monday, September 21, 2009

CEO of Haier

In 1984, Zhang Ruimin (then the deputy manager of the former Qingdao Home Appliance Company), was appointed director of the Qingdao Refrigerator Factory which was initially a small, ailing and collective-system-based factory with a total debt of RMB1,470,000. The factory has since grown to become what is now known as the Haier Group, China's top home appliance brand name. Haier has witnessed a significant prosperity, and gained worldwide recognition over the past 25 years. In 2008, its global business totaled RMB119 billion. In March, 2008, it was ranked among China's Top 10 Global Brands by the Financial Times for the second time.
To improve Haier's management efficiency, Zhang Ruimin combined Chinese traditional culture and western experiences in modern business management. Haier then established the OEC, the market chain management system, the Individual-goal combination, and the operation excellence. Zhang Ruimin's management systems have been widely acknowledged by domestic and overseas management professionals. Haier's business experiences have been introduced into 16 case studies in business mergers, financial management and corporate culture by 7 foreign educational institutes, including Harvard University, University of Southern California, Lausanne Management College, the European Business College and Kobe University. Haier has been recommended to the EU Case Studies by the Lausanne Management College for Haier market chain management programme. As the informationization era comes, Haier starts its reengineering of IT-oriented process, seeking to realize a business type of operational excellence, which is named in the field of business management as "Haier's informationization revolution".
In 1997, Zhang Ruimin acquired the Entrepreneur Award of the Year issued by Asia Weekly. In 1999, he was ranked the 26th among the World 30 Most Respected Business Leaders by the Financial Times. In September, 2002, he was named a Global Business Leader and the Outstanding Donator by the United Way International (UWI), the only entrepreneur in China that has received the same honor. In August, 2004, he was ranked the 6th among Asia's 25 Most Influential Figures in Business by Fortune, foremost among all Chinese entrepreneurs. In November, 2005, he was ranked the 26th of the World's 50 Most Respected Business Leaders by Financial Times, being the only selected Chinese entrepreneur.
Zhang's goal is to gain global recognition for the Haier brand. According to the Euromonitor, among the global white-goods manufacturers, Haier is ranked the 4th in terms of overall sales and the 2nd in terms of brand sales. Haier has for the fourth consecutive time been rated as the No.1 Chinese Mainland Corporation regarding the Comprehensive Leadership in the annual survey of Asia¡¯s top 200 companies by the Wall Street Journal in 2006. Having ascended to among world top brands with an expanding market, it is now imposing a rapidly growing influence over the global market.
Zhang Ruimin and his colleagues have dedicated their wisdom, time and energy into turning a small collectively-owned factory into a successful, globally recognized multinational company. Now they are creating a process system and a business type of operational excellence to further meet the needs of users worldwide and to contribute to China a truly excellent corporate identity in the global market. They can, they will and they are going to keep enriching this identity, and contributing to the prospering of the national industry of China.