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Agriculture 2018, 8(9), 139; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8090139

The O3-Farm Project: First Evaluation of a Business Process Management (BPM) Approach through the Development of an Experimental Farm Management System for Milk Traceability

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Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma, Via di Val Cannuta 247, 00166 Rome, Italy
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Centro de Tecnologías de la Información, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias y Pecuarias, Universidad de Chile, Santa Rosa 11735, La Pintana, 8820808 Santiago, Chile
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Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 20 August 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 8 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Knowledge and Techniques Application in Agriculture)
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The modeling of farm workflows, and the use of a business process management (BPM) paradigm, could enable improvement in the development of farm management information systems (FMIS). A rapid design of software applications could be possible and quick development, intrinsically service oriented, could be achieved through the use of a software suite for the implementation of BPM diagrams. As the first evaluation of this paradigm, an experimental FMIS was developed considering a “use-case” whose target was to develop a hardware and software solution for the traceability of milk. The outcomes of this activity have shown that the software application developed (O3-Farm) was able to provide all features of the database application previously used for the traceability of milk. At the same time, it was able to provide some new features such as increased usability, portability and efficiency. Also, the chance to integrate it with other possible software applications was increased as a result of a better sharing of agricultural data. This seems to suggest that a design, and a software suite, based on the BPM paradigm, could be a valid way for the development of FMIS also in line with the farm software environment models if its abilities to describe, use and deploy, workflows and software services are taken into consideration. View Full-Text
Keywords: farm management systems; business process management; workflows; data sharing; dairy farms farm management systems; business process management; workflows; data sharing; dairy farms
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Zaninelli, M.; Reyes Pace, M. The O3-Farm Project: First Evaluation of a Business Process Management (BPM) Approach through the Development of an Experimental Farm Management System for Milk Traceability. Agriculture 2018, 8, 139.

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