The dry spell of this past summer has been a challenge to many farmers. It forced the entire industry to think on its feet, facing the changing circumstances and adapting quickly. In the future, this will be much easier. More and more, the agricultural industry is evolving to smart agriculture, investing in innovative technology to collect and use digital data. And, for good reason: these data are the key to boosting profits and future-proofing your business. A digital core is essential to support these technological innovations.

On our way to sustainable agriculture
The ecosystem of agriculture spans from farmers to factories and from auctions to wholesale. But it also includes those who produce equipment, machines, sensors and software. Eventually, every participant in this ecosystem should be focused on the same goal: to optimize the yield (in both quantity and quality) of the crops in a sustainable way, as to secure their existence in the future. Technology can help to achieve this.

A digital core: infinite possibilities
Modern technology offers us a wide range of innovative ways to reduce costs and increase yield in smart agriculture. Today, farmers can use sensor technology to acquire all sorts of useful information on their crops and fields, use machine learning and IoT to leave part of their business activities (such as placing an order or even harvesting) to fully automated equipment, and gather big data about the conditions of the crops, the land, the weather and so on. The possibilities are infinite, provided that there is a strong digital core in place.

Equipped to progress with cloud ERP
Without a well-designed digital core, there’s little use in investing in any innovative technology. Intelligent, cloud-based ERP is the perfect base to build on, as you can equip it to progress. It will not only enable you to embed any innovative technology and to use it to its full potential. It will also provide you with real-time insight in your business: operation, stocks, condition of the crops.

The future of agriculture
Imagine a farmer, out in the field, overlooking his crops. He no longer has to use valuable time creating sales orders from behind his desk, because entire backend processes are automated. He can manage his business through an app. The dashboard shows him an accurate and up-to-date overview of the progress of each farming process, including the expected delivery quantity and revenue amount of the order. He can access these data on any device, at any location. Once the farming process is completed, the farmer is notified, and the delivery and shipping process begins. Automatically.

Smart innovation
This may sound very futuristic, but smart agriculture is not only a real possibility, it is happening today. Businesses are innovating as we speak, applying upcoming technological advancements to further their gain and to strengthen their position in an ever increasing international market. Unfortunately, they are not always as successful as intended. The main culprit: a legacy system that does not (fully) support the new technology.

Digital core is key
If you are ready to take the next step in your digital transformation, keep in mind that the key element that makes the difference in smart agriculture is a digital core. It will form the backbone that your enterprise needs to successfully make the transfer. As it can (and should!) be cloud-based, it will provide you with a real-time overview of the entire value chain, anytime and anywhere, on any device.

The importance of a cloud-based ERP
A cloud-based, digital ERP will make it possible to regulate the requirements of a crop at any explicit location and instant in a way that will be increasingly accurate. Valuable time will no longer be wasted on tedious recurrent tasks, as entire backend processes are automated. This will make your enterprise agile, flexible and able to react to changes very quickly. In short, it will enable you to create a business environment that is ready for the future.