John Deere is offering South African software firms with a focus on the agriculture and logistics sectors the opportunity to link their applications with its online Operations Center solution, a centralized farm management platform that collects machine, logistic and agronomic data to help farmers and their advisors to make more informed decisions.
The company has added a new sub-menu called More Tools to the John Deere Operations Center online platform, which enables third party software providers that already have existing relationships with farmers using John Deere equipment to link their products to the centralised database.
Enabling existing South African software applications to link to the John Deere Operations Center allows local farmers to collaborate with preferred local partners on a world class platform that provides the added benefit of a wider array of globally-benchmarked software tools and farm management systems.
“We would love to see more home-grown South African software makers engage with us on this opportunity as it really offers everyone in the agriculture value chain a chance to benefit by moving toward a more advanced, technologically enabled and precise method of farming,” said Wayne Spaumer, Technology Specialist at John Deere.
“The advantage lies in allowing farmers to choose exactly who they want to transfer their data to, and do it seamlessly via a convenient, centralised online platform. This means they can take existing information and data that they have collected with their existing software providers and make it available to new application providers and farm management systems to gain new insights into historical data.”
John Deere will provide more information on how South African software providers can access the Operations Center platform at its booth at the upcoming NAMPO show which runs from 14 to 17 May 2019. The company will later host a workshop at its head office in Johannesburg where members of its global team will provide further detail.
Farmers can also access the John Deere Operations Center via mobile app, which enables access to farm information from anywhere at any time. Advanced tools allow farmers to see what is happening on their farms and share this with advisers and partners, which can then be used to gain valuable insights over time.
“Achieving optimal efficiencies and reducing waste can have a large impact on overall yields,” says Spaumer. “Using advanced software and analytic tools allows farmers to reduce the chaotic and often inefficient process of having to coordinate and manage farm activities over the phone or via lengthy meetings, which can often cause delays in work and a drop in productivity.”
The Operations Center equips users with tools that make data interpretation easier to understand by providing a bird’s-eye view of the farm in both real-time and via historic data. This allows farmers to be more agile when adapting to changing conditions and make quick decisions based on immediate insights provided by robust data.
“It’s like having your farm in your pocket,” says Spaumer. “The app is easy to use and it connects you to all your machines, your fields and your operators as well as external influences like live weather information.”