Cooperatives: Organize your research to provide accurate agronomical information to your members
How research activities enable cooperatives to provide accurate agronomical information to their members
Agricultural cooperatives aim to provide services to their members which can be much diversified and highly specialized. Agronomic advices and recommendations are based on real studies done internally and/or in collaboration with multi-disciplinary network.
Agricultural Cooperatives evolve in a multi actor network. Agronomists had to find strategies to plan their activities and coordinate their research work with external actors. They notably try to implement centralized and integrated information systems that help them manage their relationships with their Suppliers for their Agronomical studies like Breeding Companies, Chemical companies, Machineries…
Having a tool integrating technical work for their Agronomical research and facilitating the orders they require from suppliers can be a high benefit to track material orders and shipments:
- calculating automatically doses and quantities required,
- printing order forms ;
- Keeping a track in real time of the material used and remaining quantities.
Agricultural Cooperatives are also looking for systems which can make the communication of results easier to external persons and notably their members. So implementing an Information System which provide shaped results under restricted and secured access to third parties remains a big advantage.
Furthermore, new communication systems currently allow to build automatic bridges between different systems e.g. intranet, web application, client-server application, remote database systems. Agricultural Cooperatives can benefit greatly from highly specialized IT consultants to accompany them in designing the right Information System Architecture for their specific seasonal and constantly evolving business.