AGXML and Appterra: Pushing B2B Interactions Online


Ag-XML is a consortium of businesses that develop standards to bring efficient e-business in the oilseed, biofuel, grain and other agriculture-related business processes. It aims to improve efficient internal and external processes via the internet, define business documents, and ultimately, achieve supply chain adoption. It creates a common language so business partners and competitors can easily exchange information and transactions online. There is no doubt that Ag-XML sparks a business-to-business e-commerce revolution in the agriculture industry.

Pushing B2B interactions online helps serve customers more efficiently. It also lowers transaction-related operating costs by as much as 30 percent annually. Without Ag-XML, businesses place orders, receive them, ship them and execute any transaction with a lot of paperwork. This means lots of overhead expenses. On the other hand, moving everything to the Web speeds business and lowers costs. Ag-XML serves as the common language used by both partners and competitors to perform online transactions such as purchases, contracts and invoices.

Using the Ag-XML standards goes far beyond than improving B2B processes. Sure, there are other alternatives such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and faxes but they can be too expensive for farmers. The combination of Ag-XML standards and B2B integration is a way for partners and suppliers to link to the online market. It eliminates the unnecessary costs and inefficiencies in various business processes within the agriculture industry. In the long run, it ensures the survival of the agriculture industry.

How can Appterra help you with Ag-XML standards?

Appterra supports any format with a well-defined structure, including Ag-XML. We enhance your experience with your partners and change your internal processes. We provide data translation, transformation and transportation between you and your partners. With our Connect Once, Reach Any model of business integration, we let you exchange information with your trading partners minus the intrusive integration requirements.

We only connect once to your business. After that, we take care of the different requirements of your partners. We also provide them with various integration options for a seamless exchange of information. Our solutions are delivered as SaaS (hosted services model). You do not need to purchase, install or maintain software. We help you accelerate your project’s ROI without added costs, substantial investment or disrupted processes.

Are you in the agriculture industry? We will help you integrate XML-based messaging and understand that process. We specialize in multi-company commerce and collaborative software solutions for small and midsize businesses. With Appterra, we will help you achieve improved business process efficiency and effectiveness.

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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