It is the time of year for resolutions and Christmas afterglow. What is Christmas afterglow? It is the time just after Christmas where you look forward "playing" with your new toys. Now, toys may be a thing of the past for some of us, but there always seems to be that gift that you look forward to tinkering with. It may be a new tablet, phone, or laptop. It might be a car, a bike, or boat. Whatever it is, there always seems to be one item that is intriguing and peaks some creativity within you.
It is fun to explore the new possibilities that your new favorite toy can provide. Why should it be any different with an ERP system? An ERP Demo is one of the best ways to take an ERP system out for a spin. And if you start now, you could be experiencing dramatically improved business processes & performance, and realizing ROI by the year-end.
In an effective ERP Demo, vendor should use your data to highlight the features of the ERP System. If a vendor's demo team comes in with their data already loaded and ready to go, then you should request a second demo with your data. Demo teams are efficient at showing you the bells and whistles on an ERP system with data that they have created and used before. Remember, if they come in with their own data, it is purposeful, and will make the ERP system appear nothing less than magic.
Demos are as much about testing functionality with your data as well as viewing the features of the software.
You should also send the demo team some scenarios that you would like to see executed on the ERP software from each member of the ERP selection team. Getting each member of the ERP Software selection team to submit process and procedure items to be demoed will provide insight into how daily activities will be carried out. This will allow the Demo team to come prepared to show you the software functionality with your data and daily processes, and will make the most of the time that you have scheduled for the demo.
Taking some time to plan ahead and viewing a demo as an opportunity to try out a new toy will not only allow you to utilize the time that you have with the ERP Software, it will make the process more fun and engaging.