NO CODE CASE STUDY: AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE

Building a digitally-connected enterprise

Oz Group builds an interconnected enterprise using a no-code app development platform

KEY POINTS

 > Oz Group Co-op, a 100% Australian farmer-owned cooperative that processes and distributes the finest quality berries and berry products in Australia, sought to develop efficiency in their processes

 > For their company operations, Oz Group was using an ERP system that was a challenge to scale and costly to modify

> The company turned to Steer to create a digitally connected enterprise that is convenient to customize to adapt to the company’s changing systems and is more cost-efficient

Bootstrapping digital transformation using no-code development

Oz Group is among the biggest berry suppliers in Australia. It is a cooperative of over a hundred members producing blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries and has grown vastly through the years producing 37 million punnets of blueberries, 1.1 million punnets of raspberries, and 202 thousand punnets of blackberries in the 2017/2018 financial year.

From Oz Group Facebook page

The group was established with the principles of sustainable farming in mind and has promoted the best farming practices through the years.
“One of the most central components of high quality products is having the patience and motivation to be number one,” said Gerard Newbery, Oz Group Production Manager. With this, Oz Group proud of being able to harvest and supply the community with the best available berries in Australia.

Oz Group Before Using Steer

The group was established with the principles of sustainable farming in mind and has promoted the best farming practices through the years.
“One of the most central components of high quality products is having the patience and motivation to be number one,” said Gerard Newbery, Oz Group Production Manager. With this, Oz Group proud of being able to harvest and supply the community with the best available berries in Australia.

“You get in to a point in time when you modify (an ERP) too much, and it becomes clunky”

Like Oz Group, digitally transform your company at lightning speed with Steer

The Key Business Challenge

“There’s no such Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that does everything for you,” shared Gerard. Scalability is a challenge especially in adding components such as a receivable system into an existing ERP. Most often than not, this results to more expenses for both hardware and software. This doesn’t also guarantee that it maps the company’s systems. “This was an issue for us. Once you start having a heavily-modified ERP, it is a big cost. You also get to a point when you modify too much and it becomes clunky. So, my thoughts about having the right system in the job is important,” Gerard added.

From Oz Group Facebook page

From Oz Group Facebook page

How Steer Helped

Having a platform that considers the individual needs or components of a company accelerates the speed of what the company is trying to achieve. “Steer enabled the setting up of mobility, the fact that you can put a lot of your system in place and have them interact with the end user,” Gerard jested. “Traditionally, you have to learn codes to be able to set them up. If you buy SAP, you’re forced into buying their business intelligence and that might not be the exact business intelligence that you need”. For Oz Group, it was more convenient and cost-efficient to go with Steer as it provides robust process structure and the no-code app builder is easy to use. 

“Having a platform like Steer accelerates the speed of what you are trying to achieve.”

Solution Overview

Name

Various

Development Time

Less than 1 month per app

Business Value

Cost saving in ERP fees

Functionality

Multiple apps accessible by various stakeholders, connected to different systems such as accounting, etc.

About Steer

The Steer Team seeks to help you create enormous business value – along with creating potentially life-changing experiences for customers.

We at Steer envision a world where innovators like you are not restricted by the inability to write code in order to create impactful digital solutions.

We have built a platform that allows you and your team to create and experiment with powerful digital solutions that address business challenges, create great customer experiences and cater to new markets that were not viable before. We strive to work with you to build a better world - one digital solution at a time.

Steer was created by the same team behind BlastAsia. Established in 2001, BlastAsia is one of the largest software product engineering companies in the Philippines and is ISO-certified in Quality Management Systems and in Information Security Management Systems. BlastAsia is also a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Development and Cloud Platform.

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