Independent Management and Solution Consultants for Wine and Agriculture
Continuous Improvement & Business Process
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT & BUSINESS PROCESS
With increasing labor costs, new regulations coming every day, and new farming and wine making technologies and techniques available, mergers, acquisitions, divergers, and organization changes, it doesn’t take long for processes to become inefficient.
With a methodology based on Lean, we can help you implement a program and culture of Continuous Improvement across your operations. Our goal is to help your teams work safer, better and do what they do well, easier.
Sick of talking to consultants who don’t know a grape from an olive, veraison from bud-break, pre-emergent from post-emergent, brix from acid? Are your teams tired of explaining that no, farming and winemaking aren’t manufacturing processes, they have variable and changing inputs, often outside of their control, and the outcomes can vary day-by-day, let alone year by year. We know wine and agriculture and we know JD Edwards; let us help you implement JDE the right way, the first time.
The IT world is changing every day. If your company doesn’t have the resources to manage your technology investment, has disgruntled staff because of inadequate systems or is wanting to embark on new systems, let us help you. From strategic plans and reviews to project and change management, we can bring our expertise and experience to help you focus on your expertise. We have years of experience in C-Level and Senior Management in wine and agricultural IT and business roles to bring a relevant and broad perspective to help solve your problems.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE? OUR APPROACH
We are not system implementers. We are solution implementers dedicated solely to serving Wine and Agriculture.
We deliver solutions that are grounded in people, processes and systems. Everything we do is anchored in understanding these three aspects of your business in order to design and implement the solutions you need to solve your business problems.
We recognize that any project is actually a change initiative, and that success requires a strategy to manage the change, minimizing the risks and maximizing the benefits.
We know how to ask the questions so you can better understand the problem you are trying to solve as well as your options.
Standard Work All farms and wineries follow some form of “Standard Work”. They have at least some documented processes or system controls (purchases and expense
Background Bell-Carter’s Field Department was relying on a 20-year-old home-grown system to track Growers, Orchards, Varieties, and Grower payments. Olive Growers are paid based on
"Azmera is one of the few Consulting firms I have ever worked with who actually understands and gets how agriculture works.
Azmera's knowledge of how crops move from the farm to the processor enabled Azmera to very quickly create a high-level design that met our unique needs.
With only three months before harvest Azmera was able to convert that design into a working Grower System that streamlined our operations with virtually no impact to our business or growers. With Azmera we were able to spend valuable time discussing and creating a system that met our needs rather than educating them about how the agriculture system works."
Cody McCoy, Field Manager
"Azmera continues to exceed our expectations resulting in us turning to them on more than one occasion to help with various special projects.
Our first project with Azmera was during the tail end of an ERP implementation. In addition to helping with project management, process mapping and training, they were able to refocus our internal implementation team and vendor to get our project and system back on track, helping to regain the lost confidence of our employees from the back office to the customer facing tasting rooms.
Our second project was at the front end of a new Business Intelligence tool implementation to help us get off to a great start when we were lacking internal project management capacity. Azmera provided project and vendor management along with business analysis expertise and guidance and successfully trained and transitioned those responsibilities to internal resources when capacity freed up.
I would highly recommend Azmera without hesitation."
As CFO Crimson Wine Group, Now CFO Huneeus Vintners
Director of Operations
Ward had a 23 year career with Agilent Technologies (formerly part of Hewlett Packard) Solution and Application Management and Development before working on the grower and blend implementation at Treasury Wine Estates, with a focus on the grower pricing configuration and execution.