SaaS Comes to the Farm

You may not know that in my 'other life' I own a working organic farm near Merrickville, Ontario. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and meats and deliver them right to our customer.

This represents a three-way management challenge – managing production, managing deliveries, and managing customers accounts.

I recently found software to help us manage those challenges, and serendipitously it's based on Software as a Service (SaaS), just like our own PracticalPRS tool.

I chose this particular service for a few reasons. First, it was designed by actual farmers who understand the business; apparently there are more computer programmer/organic farmer/consultants out there besides me ;-)

Second, because SAAS software doesn't need to be installed, I can get up and running within a week – including configuration and training! Compare that to the 'never-ending story' that is your typical software deployment.

Third, since the software is based in the 'Cloud', I can access the tool from anywhere; I can check 'pick and pack' lists in my processing shed, and I can confirm customer orders and payment status right at the customer's door (using a tablet).

Fourth, I can give access to the tool to other farms that supply me some produce; the tool manages our joint 'inventory'.

Fifth, I can also give (limited) access to my customers, so they can provide a degree of 'self-care' i.e. placing orders, informing me when they will be on vacation and don't want deliveries.

Sixth, I am always working with the latest version of the software, no upgrade or 'patch' required.

Seventh, despite the fact I am 'technically competent', I appreciate the fact that don't have to take on maintaining this software; support is included.

Eighth, I pay for this software based on a percentage of my sales each month. NO huge upfront capital cost to acquire it.

The point of all this (and I do have one) is to demonstrate that SaaS is a very real and growing trend. That's why we chose this platform for PracticalPRS.

If you would like to learn more about an SaaS-based performance data collection, analysis and reporting tool that:

  • Was designed by experts in publc sector performance;
  • Doesn't need to be installed, and thus can be working for you within weeks rather than years;
  • Can be securely accessed from anywhere using your web browser
  • Your Branches, Regions, and even remote community partners can also access it (at a level you control)
  • Allows ANYONE in the organization to easily see performance reports (again as controlled by you)
  • Is always 'current' with the latest release
  • Doesn't require support from your corporate IT
  • Does not require a large capital investment

Call or e-mail and we'll be happy to arrange a live demo.

I tell people that as a management consultant and an organic farmer, I am occasionally required to shovel horse poop in both my jobs. But the benefits of Software as a Service are 'shovel-free'.

Contact PRS for more information

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Or call PRS Vice President Charlie Snelling 613 744-4084

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