A thriving bounty in the hilly regions of India’s Himachal Pradesh, an apple is every healthy eater’s pick. With health-conscious foods now becoming an increasingly profitable business segment, not to mention opportunities resulting from booming ecommerce marketplaces, establishing the online presence of some 5,000 apple farmers was an essential operation for the Prakat team. These apple farmers would need help managing and marketing their produce, supporting their farming efforts, and improving distribution channels. The bottom line was that an end-to-end technology transformation solution was necessary to empower this core of the agricultural industry.
India’s Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (HPMC) is currently instituting a series of e-governance transformations through Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) implementation across its entire business organization. This SAP implementation requires both an internet and intranet portal to facilitate external access of HPMC information by farmers, vendors, and distributors.
- Designed and developed the business blueprint document with user stories and achieved positive buy-in from stakeholders.
- Re-engineered system design based on current usage and future scale.
- Created a bi-directional matrix to map requirements.
- Helped build technical maturity inside the firm to support initiatives.
- Designed interface and data flow screens for the ERP portal.
- Developed and integrated open source/Liferay-based internet and intranet web portal.
- Tested and deployed the system into production.
The Apple-ied solutions had the following results:
- Great appeal with the masses and locals alike with more traction and user interaction.
- Improved system performance and scalability accommodating future expansion.
- Reduced User Acceptance Testing (UAT) defect reporting due to optimization of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
- High-quality tracking mechanisms led to a more efficient supply chain, ultimately saving farmer revenue.