Bayer is to work with Microsoft to build a new cloud-based set of digital tools and data science solutions for use in agriculture and related industries to support sustainability across value chains.
The company already offers its Climate FieldView™ platform, which is used on more than 180 million farming acres across more than 20 countries. FieldView helps farmers to easily collect, store, and visualize field data — recording every pass throughout the season. Data can be collated directly from many equipment types such as tractors, combines, liquid applicators, and planters without the hassle of manual data entry.
Under the agreement, Bayer will work with Microsoft to co-develop new solutions that address critical industry scenarios such as farming operations, sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and supply chain improvement.
Bayer will also migrate its digital farming core capabilities to the new infrastructure for its own customer-facing solutions. This is a significant, strategic step forward in Bayer’s ambitious target of 100-percent digitally enabled sales in the Crop Science division by 2030.
The partnership builds upon a longstanding relationship between Bayer and Microsoft and aims to unlock even greater agricultural innovation by bringing together Bayer’s agronomic expertise and the power of Microsoft Azure to produce data driven insights.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros.
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