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Monsanto Earns 2nd Consecutive Digital Edge Award for Innovative IT, Supply Chain Practices

Monsanto has been named a 2017 Digital Edge 50 award winner for its initiative, “Securing Our Food Supply through Modernization of Hybrid Seed Production.” The global effort spans Monsanto’s supply chain and IT departments to integrate the company’s various platforms – from research to production to the commercial teams – connecting processes and systems to advance Monsanto’s field and facility practices around the world.

“The complexity and scale of the initiatives in the Digital Edge 50 show how quickly organizations are progressing to the next phase of digital transformation,” said Anne McCrory, Digital Edge program chair and Group VP, Customer Experience and Operations, IDG Enterprise Events. “They are taking advantage of new capabilities, such as AI and deep machine learning, to enhance their mobile and analytics practices worldwide. They are finding dramatic results from the cloud, and serving customers in faster and more elegant ways. Their adoption of agile, extreme programming and completely reworked business processes show how even the most traditional businesses can go big with digital with the right vision and leadership.”

“With a need to meet growing demand, Monsanto is leveraging cutting-edge technologies, data and analytics to improve data access and decision making across our product pipeline,” said Jim Swanson, Monsanto Chief Information Officer. “Our digital transformation is already delivering benefits to growers by ensuring even greater product availability and quality.”

This is the second consecutive year Monsanto has won the Digital Edge Award for its innovative IT practices. In early 2016, Monsanto received the award for developing a free platform (now called FarmRise™, Mobile Farm Care) that provides 4 million smallholder farmers with access to key agricultural insights and weather forecasts via SMS text, as well as advisory on seeds and planting, and agronomic practices with respect to pest and disease management through voice-recorded messages.

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