The CNC-II (2nd Implementation) Project’s purpose is to further streamline the crop nutrient supply chain by implementing industry defined business processes, functions and electronically connecting using an industry standard set of messaging tools and web services with companies that did not participate in the original CNC project. Project participants will utilize and leverage the implementation tools and standards developed by AgGateway and implemented by the original CNC Project participants. CNC-II participants will increase efficiencies and reduce the cost of doing business by using a proven approach already in use in the Crop Nutrient industry.
The project will be conducted in two distinct parts. The primary activity in the first part of the project is standards alignment (design review). The purpose of this activity is to ensure resolution of systems conflicts between the companies that are new to the CNC process and those that are already operating under the AgGateway standard established in the initial project. During standards alignment, all companies involved will review the standards, business use cases and business rule to evaluate them against their systems. The companies that did not implement CNC previously, will align themselves with the original CNC standards, business rules and business use cases and/or will work with all project companies to modify the standards, business rules or business use cases in a coordinated manner. It is anticipated that this part of the project will last approximately 90 calendar days and will required each company to provide the appropriate business and technical resources for weekly conference calls during this period.
The second part of the project is transaction implementation. This part of the project is more accurately described as a process rather than a project, per se. The purpose of the implementation process is to initiate electronic data exchange among all the companies that trade with one another. Companies will implement the capability to securely connect with their respective trading partners, will create or have created the appropriate programs to export and import data in their business application system, will work with the entire project group to resolve any additional issues or conflicts that arise during implementation, and will migrate the standards into their production systems. The duration of this part of the project is entirely dependent on the independent implementation schedules agreed upon by each participant. During this part of the project, participating companies will agree to make the appropriate business and/or technical representative available for one or more conference calls on an ‘as needed’ basis should an issue arise that requires a change to the standards.
We completed a successful kick-off meeting in February 2012, in Phoenix, AZ hosted by TKI. This project will be a slightly different format where the project will focus around the standards alignment/design review and implementation will be between the trading partners. This project is targeted for new trading partners in the Crop Nutrient segment to connect with the original CNC project participants. The following companies at this time have committed to this project: Agrium, Ameropa, CHS, Inc., Crop Production Services (CPS), GROWMARK, Inc., International Raw Materials (IRM), Mosaic Company, Richardson International, and Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI).