Jason Kaeb Director of Business Development, KSi

A Kansas State University graduate, Jason Kaeb earned a degree in management information systems and operations management. After graduation, he worked for Sprint Nextel before joining KSi, a family-owned startup that has seen double-digit growth in the production and service of bulk seed handling and treatment equipment and automation systems. Kaeb has served in various positions including operations, automation/controls, service and sales. Today, as director of business development, he leverages his broad understanding of the seed handling and treatment industry to provide solutions to end customers, and maintains relationships with some of the largest and most influential companies in the seed industry.

In the world where we have an endless array of gadgets and gizmos at our fingertips, making communication and data analysis easier than ever, paper is a sign of inefficiency.

Think about your paper trail as it relates to treating seed. A customer orders a batch of seed to be treated, which is typically initiated through accounting procedures. That order then must be transferred to the seed treatment facility/operator. Once complete, it must be passed back to accounting for billing. Then there’s the inventory component. That’s a lot of paper — and probably a lot of manual and/or double-entry of data. Without thinking about it, you might not consider how much time is spent tracking, reporting and sharing information as it relates to a seed treatment order.

That’s where application programming interface (API) comes in. This is the next step in seed treatment and seed delivery systems, and it’s a huge gain when it comes to organizational efficiency. Basically, it’s the ability to take a data set and automatically plug it in across multiple departments. The best part: the equipment does the work.

Here’s how it works: seed treatment orders are pushed out to treatment facilities. Simultaneously, recipes are pushed down to treatment facilities from an inhouse team or third party, allowing operators to select the proper recipe that corresponds with an order, without having to manually enter the data. During the actual treatment process, inventory of liquids and seed is automatically tracked, and alerts can be set for thresholds indicating low levels. Finally, when the order is complete, that inventory tracking data is automatically pushed back to the billing software for invoicing, noting the amounts of seed delivered and liquid delivered.

It’s all about improving efficiency and accuracy!

Remember: Data alone is not valuable, it’s what you do with the data that is valuable. This next-step with seed treatment systems will ensure that the data doesn’t get lost on paper and that it makes it into the hands of decision-makers.