A new control platform for large-scale horticultural companies is born
Sep. 23, 2020
The world is changing and so is horticulture. Ridder has presented HortOS, a new ecosystem to help horticultural entrepreneurs follow important trends and developments in the areas of scaling up, knowledge gaps, and digitization. Collaboration plays an important role in this; in the organization itself, but also throughout the chain. “We want to offer entrepreneurs even more control through collaborations, as well as unlocking and sharing the right information. The goal is for the management of large-scale horticultural companies to be more results-oriented.”
Ridder HortOS offers large-scale horticultural companies a central environment so they can work together on goals. It includes financial and operational data from multiple crops, greenhouses, and locations, and translates it into well-founded information and clear insights to make the right decisions.
HortOS is a platform on which the first Ridder smart modules are available as of today. It will also offer space for collaboration and partnership with other parties.
“We are well aware that joint innovation can play an important role in advancing the greenhouses' autonomous ecosystem. That's why Ridder HortOS is designed as an open platform for creative collaborative partnerships that aim at a more sustainable, autonomous, and profitable future for horticulture,” says Sjaak Bakker, CEO of Ridder Growing Solutions.
First available modules
“The introduction of HortOS goes hand in hand with the launch of the first two modules. The Strategic Manager Module provides owners and investors of large horticultural companies with the most up-to-date insight and control of financial results by organization, location, greenhouse, and crop. The Grower Module gives growers and crop managers an insight into the progress of different locations, greenhouses, and crops, and how to optimize them. It processes the most important data from the greenhouse into an aggregated summary with an emphasis on collaboration and performance control.”
Collaboration for growth
An important focus of HortOS is improving results through extensive collaboration and by unlocking the right data and information. “At HortOS we convert the organization's data in the right context. This allows you to view progress, monitor goals, and adjust where needed. This allows the various layers of the company to work together, using a common language. At Ridder HortOS, farmers, crop managers, department heads, owners, managers at the executive level all work together on growth and performance.”
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