Use our handy hints to help short list and identify the correct software solution for your farm.
View a live demonstration
Book a live demonstration with your shortlisted software vendors. Most vendors can perform a demonstration online and over the phone. You will be able to ask questions and view the solution in action. Avoid purchasing a solution from any vendor that will not provide a live demonstration.
Read the specifications
Whilst an interactive demonstration of farm software is very useful, reading the full specifications of the farm software should provide a full insight into the details of the software. Specifications should outline in detail how each feature/module works, including farm processes, and technical detail. Avoid purchasing farm software from any vendor that doesn’t provide specifications (note: ‘specifications’ refers to user level specifications, not
Ask about support services, most vendors will provide various levels of support to choose from. If a vendor does not have a support service you should avoid purchasing from them.
Service Level Agreement & Disaster Recovery Plan
Software vendors that can provide these items immediately upon request are generally quite professional. The SLA should detail cloud server availability and uptime, data backup systems, and redundancy plans. Any vendor that cannot provide these items immediately should be avoided.
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