Ballance Agri-Nutrients, in partnership with leading SAP and technologies provider Soltius, has won a prestigious global award for its new omni-channel farm management system, MyBallance.

MyBallance – “your farm at your fingertips” – connects multiple data sources to provide real time information and analytics to Ballance customers across all devices; helping inform on-farm decision making as well as simplifying business processes

The digital solution, which leverages multiple SAP HANA applications, stood out amongst 170 entries to win the Best Run Award at the SAP Innovation Awards 2018.

CEO of Soltius New Zealand, Nick Mulcahy, says they are proud to have worked with Ballance’s team over the past two years, to design, develop and execute a truly transformative digital change within the agricultural industry.

“Leveraging SAP’s progressive technologies, like SAP Hybris Commerce and Marketing, we were able to connect siloed data systems to create a seamless digital experience for farmers across all Ballance offerings; from nutrient analysis and planning through to purchasing and placement.

“Combining and consolidating information and processes into a single customer experience platform also offers better information about fertiliser placement and volume, helping farmers to operate sustainably and protect the environment while maximising production profitability,” Mulcahy says.

Dave Scullin, CDO at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, reinforces that Soltius has been pivotal to Ballance being able to execute its digital strategy and take a big step towards its future vision of a connected farm.

“We would not have been able to take this transformative step in our business – or win this global award for MyBallance – without Soltius challenging what is possible and delivering exceptional results.

“They have been an extension of the Ballance team and this award is just as much theirs as it is ours,” he says.

Ballance will continue to work with Soltius, in executing its digital roadmap, to further develop innovative industry solutions which help New Zealand farmers maximise production profitability.

“By re-designing our business from the inside out, Soltius has helped us set the stage for the next phase of connected agriculture with the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive analytics”.