When making a major investment, most consumers want — and deserve — a clear sense of what they’re buying. For example, would you purchase a new car without taking it for a spin around the block? Probably not, and for good reason. Without a test drive, you have little way of knowing whether you’re investing tens of thousands of dollars in a car that will meet your needs, whether for size, comfort, safety, or utility.
In nearly every major purchasing scenario today, consumers have the option to try before they buy. And yet this concept is often conspicuously absent in the technology world. Organizations are frequently required to invest considerable sums in software and hardware without ever being given the chance to test them in a real-world environment.
That’s why SHI has teamed up with Microsoft to offer hands-on introductions to the Microsoft Productivity Suite. In a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) session, we bring technology decision-makers into our labs to test drive Microsoft software in a number of true-to-life, work-related scenarios, such as working remotely, social networking to locate expertise and share information, and connecting in real time with coworkers and customers via video and voice conferencing, instant messaging, simultaneous SharePoint and document editing, help-desk and IT ticketing.
An MEC session also provides a first-hand look at Windows 8 and the features of Lync, Exchange, SharePoint, Office, CRM, and other Microsoft desktop offerings across a variety of devices, including tablets, PCs, and smartphones. Organizations have time to interact with these software and devices in order to make an informed decision on whether or not they fit their current IT landscapes.
We’ve already hosted a number of MEC sessions and have gotten great feedback. It seems that most organizations value the opportunity to get their hands on the software they’re buying before signing the dotted line. To that end, we’re working to pin down our schedule of MEC tour dates for the remainder of the year. Email us or sign up here to find the next MEC session near you.