Agricultural organizations require ERP software that is specific to the farm and feed industry. The agricultural industry includes a diverse group of companies and includes everything from feed mills and nurseries to cattle ranches, dairy and grain farms. This variety creates a very unique set of functional requirements that are unnecessary in the average manufacturing or distribution company and unavailable in the average ERP solution.
When reviewing potential agricultural software packages, it is important to consider the functional criteria set unique to this industry. Focusing on agricultural specific features such as livestock tracking or crop production will quickly begin to highlight an ERP vendor’s industry experience and differentiate one ERP software package from another. Reviewing and documenting the organization’s functional requirements will be the key to finding an agricultural accounting software package that will provide measurable results and rapid return on investment.
Agricultural Software Functional Requirements
- Commodity pricing
- Formulation and recipe management
- Livestock tracking and flock management
- Breeding calendars and diet management
- Field mapping
- Yield predictions
- Crop production recording
- Laboratory testing
- Lot tracking
- Grade management
- Recall management
- Regulatory compliance
- Cop-op management
Panorama’s ERP consultants are aware of the potential pitfalls of ERP selection projects and can help hedge against project cost overruns, software that is misaligned with business needs, and lack of return on investment. The ERP team has industry specific expertise that helps facilitate a successful ERP selection project and measurable business improvements.