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Demonstration Post-Mortem: Why Vendors Lose Deals
In competing for client dollars, one failing makes demonstrations deadly for large and small vendors alike: lack of preparation.

Example Unfamiliar Words  enthusiasm than others. For example, a vendor like SAP is often chosen because of its reputation, something that can be reinforced by a half-day marketing presentation followed by some free coffee mugs. With prospects so eager to become SAP shops, why should SAP want to slog through preparing a scripted scenario demonstration? In contrast, smaller vendors tend to be grateful just for the opportunity to compete toe-to-toe with the SAPs and Oracles of the world. Regardless of its size and market dominance,

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