|Agriculture: Business Intelligence |
|10 Years Ago
||5 years from now|
|Seed, fertilizer and machinery costs recorded on paper.
||Costs tracked in computer spreadsheets and business analysis software.
||Wireless networks in rural areas enable use of handheld computers for tracking and analysis.
|Tractors, combines and sprayers driven by farm workers.
||Heavy machinery guided by global
positioning systems, with drivers in the cab monitoring the activity and, usually, turning the steering wheel at the end
of each row.
||Driverless, robotic machinery with onboard computers pre-programmed with 3D visualization maps of the fields do all plowing, planting and harvesting.|
|Planting decisions made on farmer experience and instinct.
||Experience and "farm sense" supplemented with statistical analysis of historical trend data.
|| Computer analysis and farmer experience further refined to include variables such as near-real-time data on international market demand and pricing.|