AgVantage has deployed Db2 as their core database, and its system runs on IBM legacy code. The firm has implemented a process called customer-driven development wherein AgVantage develops new software based on customers’ requests and feedbacks. “We rely on our customers to become the foundation of our research and development,” says Blomberg. Every week, the company conducts a meeting and evaluates the ideas or requests sent by clients. The firm ensures to track all calls and cover all the customers’ inputs. Afterward, AgVantage engages in the process of in-house designing, development, and testing. The in-house capability enables it to process an idea on paper rapidly and build software out of it in minimal timeframes. Moreover, deployment and training documentation are conducted internally. “We have an agile workflow and our skillful employees collaborate productively in a fast-paced environment,” adds Blomberg.
Apart from its IBM hosted system, the firm has a disaster recovery system, and both these systems work in synchronization in case of a tragic event.
AgVantage has formed close relationships with its customers. Every year in June, the firm conducts a conference to engage with clients either through live stream or in-person. It entices the bonding between the customers and its employees. The company has a solid customer base in the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. AgVantage releases new software every single week and constantly fulfills the needs of the pipeline of enhancement requestscoming in from itscustomers.“Besides an ERP solution, we have software applications for every agriculture diversity, all working together as one. It’s one phone call for all your needs. This sets us apart from all others.” concludes Blomberg.
We write cutting edge, ag-focused technologies on the foundation of the IBM power systems,” states Michelle Blomberg, president and CEO of AgVantage