Farming giant Frontier Agriculture has announced a £5m deal to roll out Cal Software’s Progress OpenEdge applications across its newly merged company. The deal marks one of the largest IT investments in UK agribusiness.
Frontier, formed from a merger of Banks Cargill and Allied Grain in April, is looking to standardise systems, business practices and culture across both former companies.
The contract covers the provision of the Compac Gold product family for grain and fertiliser trading, seed manufacturing, supply chain management and enterprise resource planning.
The provision of Inteletrade – used to extend near real-time web-based trading to farmers – and OpenAccounts Financials accounting software is also included in the multi-million pound deal.
Before the merger, Banks Cargill had already replaced two disparate legacy systems and moved onto the Compac Gold family, bringing savings of around £1m. New business practices were also introduced with the Cal systems. Frontier Agriculture is now extending this approach to the Allied Grain businesses, where three legacy systems will be replaced.