Down on the farm

FF_Logo_for_webToday we announced a partnership with Federated Farmers, where we will work together to tailor Xero to be the ideal accounting system for the rural sector.

This is a significant milestone for us as it demonstrates how online software is now crossing into the mainstream. As we’re matching, and in many areas cases exceeding, the features of traditional desktop software we can look at the needs of specific vertical industries and ensure that our platform meets their needs as well.

Many of our accounting partners are using Xero across an increasing base of their customers and if we can handle rural requirements it will be easier for them to switch their entire practice.

Existing farming and rural software vendors out there are faced with a significant investment to move their solution to an online platform.  We are keen to work with those software providers so they can leverage our investment in the Xero accounting engine. By connecting to our Application Programming Interface (API) they get the benefit of the work we’ve done which frees them up to focus on those aspects of their software that really add value to the rural sector.

During the first half of 2010 we’ll be gathering requirements from various industry stakeholders and intend to have first deliverables in the product ready for the start of the July financial year.

We applaud the foresight of Federated Farmers to reach out to application providers so that as broadband gets to the farm – applications will be available to drive productivity.

6 Comments

David Kime
December 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

We have a very substantial farming client base and would be very interested in assisting on the UK side of this and have tailored our final accounts packages and so have experience in this area.

John Ahern
December 12, 2009 at 1:03 am

Accbooks openned it’s trial account with a Turf Farmer in Queensland. This has been a very successful venture and we are currently working on the document storage system that will allow our farmer to do business anywhere, anytime, simpler and smarter – this is a great move.

Gary Turner
December 12, 2009 at 4:05 am

David, it would be great to get your input – we’ll loop you in.

John Lay
December 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

i.Agri has developed a widely used integrated suite of farm software branded “LandMark”. SaaS is something we have been planning on but why re-invent the wheel. We would be interested in talking to you.

Colin Mcfadzean
December 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Farmworks has developed a SaaS portal called AG-hub. This will be expanded to handle animal management and recording and now has operating soil temperature and moisture management, feed wedges, pasture covers etc. We are keen to talk to you, as we have a portal already operating.

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