The real picture of a proposed ERP product can become clear when the live demonstration of the product is given. The sincereity of the solution providers and efficiency of the product becomes evident in the live demonstration. The demo also makes it possible for both the parties to propose feasible modifications in the package. The credibility of the system can also be scrutinized here. Moreover, it acts as a cross check for the functionalities offered by the developers in the compliance of the product.
The top management and all the other people connected to an organization must realize that whatever be the reason for the changeover to an ERP system, i.e. technical or strategic, it is impossible to separate them, since they affect each other.
Live Demos are a better tool to understand the various integration/touch points and the participants could experience the different functionalities as well as they can also check for any shortcomings in the system which can be rectified as per their requirement.
It is usually better to get a brief about the product before seeing the demo, which can be obtained through the website of its developers. The time and method of the demo could be finalized by the demonstrator and let set their own sequence. Any doubts about the product can also be cleared in the demo stage. Demo scripts in the form of brochure or function details through the website are a better tool to present the demo as there is uniformity in the flow of the demo and the various integration/touch points among the different functionalities can be checked.
The workflow becomes clear during the demo, and users can have a feel of the proposed product at the demo itself. This will determine the acceptability of the product in the minds of the customer. The quality of the product also becomes clear at this stage.
Based upon the markings obtained in all the above-mentioned points, those products that cross the threshold mark get qualified to be evaluated. Before finalizing one more important point to be considered is the cost factor. Though all the products have its own price line, all developers may be willing to for a negotiation considering the competitive mindset existing in the market today. However, some developers of the product won’t alter the price tag, majority of them will agree to some climb down.
Once it has been agreed on technical and the terms and conditions in the financial front, a suitable product can be finally selected for the ERP implementation.