Ball Horticultural Company has completed the implementation of the first of three sites of the Agriware 365 Business management software implementation. Ball CIO Kevin Lutz is very pleased with the implementation: “This successful go-live is impactful for the people at Ball. We were able to make a 100% cutover from the old to the new system and meet all our production and shipping targets on time.”
Ball Horticultural Company is a provider in all facets of horticulture. Its global family of breeders, research and development teams, suppliers, and distribution companies has a strong presence on 6 continents in over 20 countries. In 2020, Ball Horticultural Company and Mprise Agriware signed a contract to replace the legacy system used at Ball FloraPlant farms in order to make a big step forward and to be fit for the future.
Sander Paternotte, Consulting director at Mprise Agriware: “After 20 months of development and implementing by both teams to replace a legacy system, we reached a major milestone. By using a combination of Agriware 365 BC, Agriware 365 Operations, and Agriware Analytics, all cuttings were sent out on time. The next step is to replace the legacy system at two other Ball farms with the same solution.”
In the greenhouse industry, there is a trend toward digitizing everything. Separate applications demand integration. That is why Ball has chosen integrated software. This way, everything can be connected, including external data sources. This means companies receive valuable insights and run their businesses more intelligently than before.
With a software platform, Agriware 365, based on Microsoft Dynamics, customers stay ahead in the ever-changing digitalization landscape and maximize their overall success.
In 2020, Ball FloraPlant President Mike Klopmeyer gave a glimpse of the future: “The software will make an immediate and long-term impact on our production farms and give us a foundation for success for many years. In the next several years, we will build a new farm in Mexico, and this will allow us to transfer the technology and programming easily. We will have a production management platform that will be customized for us giving us security in running efficient production farms.”
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