Dealing with Disparate Lines of Business as an Agriculture Retailer
Agriculture retailers (Ag retailers) are the most complicated businesses out there today. Every business says they are complex but from a system solution standpoint there’s really nothing more complex than an ag retailer. This is big reason technology is lagging behind at ag retailers. If you want to be on the latest tech, your only option is to cobble together several disparate solutions and spend hundreds of thousands integrating them together. In most cases, this leaves with several on-premise solutions that are not terribly modern and subject to constant ransomware attacks.
Ag Retailers can run up to 6 distinct lines of businesses all under one umbrella, and these lines of businesses all have different system needs. In addition to that there are 4 separate non-standard system needs that are required to support these lines of business.
How do you build a system that supports these 6 lines of business and 4 supporting technologies? The answer is there isn’t a silver bullet answer. The best plan of attack is to build a roadmap for the transition to the right technology. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations can serve as a great platform for all these technologies as it combines world-class financials with add-on solutions that help you connect the various lines of businesses together.
If you’re an ag retailer looking for a cloud-first path forward, reach out to us and we’d be happy to talk about how you can meet your needs with solutions that will grow with your business and remain viable well into the future.