Most of us might not be familiar with the name KWS SAAT SE, but there is a good chance that you have tried and enjoyed the sugar that is based on sugar beetroot seeds. Headquartered in Einbeck in the German state of Lower-Saxony, KWS is the world‘s fourth largest producer of seeds for sugar beetroot, cereals, corn and rape. Despite a competitive agricultural market, the company keeps growing. Its approximately 5,000 employees generated revenues of over €1 billion in 70 countries in its 2016/17 fiscal year.
KWS SAAT SE has a history that dates back as far as 1856. Today, it pioneers the digital transformation of 21st century agriculture, with data being the main “fertiliser.” In order to reduce the time to market as much as possible, KWS relies on camera drones, big data and artificial intelligence to determine which breeds have the greatest potential. Apart from providing seeds, the company also supports customers through powerful precision-farming tools, for example, by analysing and monitoring sowing and harvesting.
Whether it’s new technologies, vibrant markets or changing customer needs, KWS drives the digital transformation of more and more of its own business processes in order to master the flood of data that is being generated in its global organisation spread across 70 countries. One milestone on its digital journey is a centralised Shared Service Centre, which is based in Berlin, Germany. It brings together all administrative tasks of all business units worldwide in one location. In order to achieve seamless processes, paperless or almost paperless, collaboration is key. KWS relies on Adobe Document Cloud and a customised framework agreement to help make this major digital transformation endeavour a success.
Global Transaction Centre goes digital using Adobe Document Cloud
Whether it’s settling an invoice, performing legal contract reviews or preparing a new employment agreement, 270 employees at the new Shared Service Centre, internally referred to as the Global Transaction Centre, manage these and many other operational document processes. KWS wouldn’t be able to make this happen if it wasn’t for a robust document processes infrastructure that promotes collaboration between the Berlin-based staff and the teams in locations ranging from Argentina to China.
“Adobe Document Cloud provides tools and services that are ideal for leveraging global document management to accelerate the digital transformation of our business processes,” says Jens Hittmeyer, Head of Corporate Information Technology at KWS SAAT SE. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe’s complete PDF solution, plays a pivotal role in capturing and incorporating documents into the company-wide SAP system. In addition, KWS has opted for cloud-based e-signing service Adobe Sign to migrate from paper-based to electronic signatures.
“Comparing different PDF solutions, we were impressed at the quality of Adobe applications. Text recognition is second to none. E-signing is very mature and superior integration with existing systems like Salesforce and SAP facilitates deployment significantly. Also, when it comes to IT security, Adobe provides a level of security that competitive solutions don’t offer,” says Hittmeyer.