There are few human needs more basic than food, and few occupations older than farming. But the ancient business of farming is transforming all the time.

GROWMARK, Inc. is a regional agricultural cooperative based in Illinois that provides members and other customers with modern crop protection products, seed, fuels, lubricants, plant nutrients, structures, equipment, and grain marketing assistance. It serves customers in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. In addition, GROWMARK provides a host of services from warehousing and logistics to training and marketing support.

GROWMARK can trace its roots back to the 1920s, but this company is anything but old-fashioned. These days the cooperative is looking to simplify its business operations. GROWMARK selected SAP Business Suite on HANA over other ERP systems to replace their legacy systems. Additionally, GROWMARK will be deploying SAP’s full HR cloud solution including payroll and talent management. GROWMARK expects to harvest better information flow across business units and provide company management with the kind of insight needed to drive the business like never before.

This includes improving customer service by implementing multiple digital channels that its members and customers can use.

Adopting the SAP HANA platform and Run Simple principle will also nourish continued innovation for generations to come. And that’s important because GROWMARK is in the farming business for the long haul. GROWMARK believes a significant part of its corporate responsibility comes in caring for the local communities and developing the leaders of tomorrow.


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