How the cloud can ‘enhance growth and innovation’ in milking robotics

By Katy Askew

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Lely looks to cloud computing for tech upgrade / Pic: Lely
Lely looks to cloud computing for tech upgrade / Pic: Lely

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Industry cloud company Infor is working with milking robotics supplier Lely to leverage cloud technology to ‘enhance growth and innovation’ in milking robotics.

Netherlands-based Lely has chosen to work with Infor CloudSuite Equiptment to ‘deliver growth and environmental impact’, the companies announced today. By deploying what they describe as a ‘future-proof’ and ‘flexible’ solution, Lely hopes to see benefits in areas such as tracking capabilities, quality management and supply chain management.

"The Infor solution provides the flexibility to manage the most complex value chains, such as supply chain management, procurement insight and more efficient production processes. With the ERP solution, organisations can quickly adapt as industry trends change. This optimizes their operations and helps to increase revenue opportunities,"​ explained Hein Kivits, Infor’s senior sales director in Benelux.

The potential of cloud technology in milk production

Lely, a Dutch family-owned company active in the agricultural sector since 1948, designs and manufactures automated systems for dairy farmers around the world. With the new cloud-based Infor ERP, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Lely wants to increase flexibility to support innovation in milking robotics.

This is vital as the agricultural world is forced to adapt to challenging conditions, meeting the needs of a growing world population within finite planetary boundaries. Through automation and robotics, agricultural entrepreneurs can perform simple analyses to, for example, monitor their livestock and increase productivity, Lely believes. The Infor CloudSuite application supports the necessary flexibility to achieve this.

"We are pleased to provide Lely with a solid foundation that will help them achieve their ambition to remain the market leader in the agricultural sector,”​ Kivits added.

Importantly, Lely’s head of data, value & IT, Bart Kuijpers revealed, the company was able to implement the switch to ERP without disrupting service. "I am very proud of the way we did the implementations as a team with Infor’s alliance partner Apex Systems and Infor. We made it a team success. The requirements were that it should be implemented in a short time, that the users and customers would not feel it and that there would be no downtime in production. Every requirement was met. The servers were replaced and the new system switched over during the weekend, so by Monday morning, the cloud applications were already working perfectly. The ultimate measure was our customers never felt any disruption,"​ he noted.

What benefits does the switch deliver to Lely’s operations? “A huge advantage is we no longer need to do any system updates or maintain any servers. Everything is looked after by Infor. The ERP is at the centre of our IT landscape, and now we can take advantage of regular functionality updates and the Infor Data Lake as a central data repository,”​ Kuijpers said.

In the next phase of the implementation, Infor's cloud-based application will be deployed in the other countries where Lely is active in 2022 and 2023. The focus is to improve the supply chain and financial processes.

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