Monsanto Earns Third Consecutive CIO 100 Award for Supply Planning Analytics Platform

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Tuesday May 2, 2017

CIO Magazine has named Monsanto to its list of 2017 CIO 100 Award Winners. Monsanto is being recognized for the implementation of its innovative analytics platform to optimize seed production. The honor represents a collaboration of teams from Monsanto’s various business hubs and functions that includes IT, Supply Chain, R&D, Analytics, Finance and Project Management.

For 30 years, CIO Magazine has recognized organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT) through the CIO 100 Awards.

“This was Monsanto’s first-ever effort to utilize data for every part of the season and create a standardized, automated and robust field production forecast from pre-planting to harvest,” said Sarath Kureti, Monsanto’s Global Supply Chain IT Planning Lead.

IT and Supply Chain partnered to develop new analytical approaches to tackle problems such as customer demand variability, supply forecasting, crop placement, and environmental classification. By collaborating on geospatial innovations through analytics, science research and engineering, Monsanto can now classify 90-plus billion data points in a matter of days.

“The output of this work has enabled improved planting decisions and supply planning, which strengthens our ability to deliver a great customer experience,” said Cheryl Stuckmeyer, Global Supply Chain Planning Lead. 

More specifically, the new analytical platform, which is data driven, allows farmers to determine both the amount of product to grow as well as its location for growth. This model minimizes production risk and maximizes yield while also reducing the number of acres needed.

Recipients of this year’s CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges, many of them former CIOs, reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and selected the final 100.

More information about Monsanto’s recognition on the 2017 CIO Awards list will be available August 1 at CIO.com and in the August edition of CIO Magazine.

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