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Imagine – evidencing compliance differently

Imagine farmers, growers, and food producers demonstrating the attributes of their products.  Imagine them showing how they comply with food safety standards, environmental management expectations, social responsibility, animal welfare standards, product traceability and provenance.  Now, imagine farmers doing this without filling in forms and maintaining binders of paper documentation.  You may say I’m a dreamer, […]

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Is your Agritech IT product facing headwinds – where should you be looking for solutions? 

You or your company is heavily investing in an IT product, the success of which is very important to the business projections. Cash is burning, the development is slow, and you are finding many unexpected things to consider You are in new territory and losing sleep – where should you be looking?  Firstly, if you […]

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What makes agritech product teams effective?

A few short weeks ago, my colleague Graeme Ogle posted his thoughts on five essential characteristics of a great product owner. Graeme’s list is made on the back of his experiences and those of product owners he has worked with.  I thought I would riff a little on a related theme, hence this list of skills […]

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What I’ve learned in my new role at Rezare Systems

The last six-months have been enlightening.  The first week started out at Field Days – nothing like jumping into the deep end! I found it particularly challenging moving from auditing where I felt comfortable in the Biosecurity sector to AgriTech where I struggled to keep up with conversation.  I have realised the benefits of interpersonal skills […]

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5 Essential characteristics of a great product owner

I have been involved with bespoke programming projects for 25 years – I have seen projects be both spectacularly successful and dismal failures. The success of a product in the market is in the hands of the product owner – and I have never seen a weak product owner produce a great product. When the […]

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Agritech developers collaborate on map data interoperability

There is no shortage of developers creating software, tools, and technologies for agriculture. Almost the opposite in fact. Farmers tell of the many different tools and solutions they need to use to record compliance information, analyse farm performance, monitor health and safety, and communicate with their staff and suppliers. And there is room for a […]

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What really drives profitability on pastoral farms – the right story

This is the second article in a series reflecting on the building blocks of profitability on pastoral farms in New Zealand. My particular interest is in sheep and beef farming, occupying 70% of New Zealand’s pastoral land. This article focusses on the farm system – a fascinating animal-pasture game of matching the ever-changing pasture growth […]

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International livestock data standard released

The ICAR Animal Data Exchange working group has released a set of JSON and API standards for livestock data exchange. The International Committee for Animal Recording is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that helps members and stakeholders share guidelines, best practices and standards in animal recording and production. The culmination of around two years of […]

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Will Covid-19 result in a shift in attitudes towards digital and data-driven tech?

Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions have placed a lot of strain on us as a society and also required the adoption of new working practices and technologies.

Over the past three or four weeks, I’ve been interested by the number of times someone has said to me something along the lines of: “Well we are all going to have to get used to using tech like Zoom now aren’t we?”.

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Designing agritech together

The background This workshop was originally intended to be delivered interactively at the MobileTECH.Ag conference. Despite switching to digital, we had great participation and a surprisingly interactive experience. We hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to Jeremy Suisted and Andrew Cooke for presenting. Next steps If you enjoyed this video and want to share some of […]

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Platforms – what are they, and why should you be interested?

Platforms 101 – Cutting Through the Jargon One of the joys of my role at Rezare is the conversations I get to have. Week-to-week, I chat with founders of small start-ups, back-yard inventors through to Product Managers, Business Analysts and senior executives at large corporates.

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Four reasons why co-creating with your customers drives business performance

We’ve noticed that the past decades have seen a significant and positive shift in philosophy with product design and development. It used to be that entrepreneurs and designers would be reminding themselves of Henry Ford’s quip – “ If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” If in doubt, the product […]