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Giving Back to the Communities Around Us

By Doreen Needham December 28, 2017 - Blog, Giving Back by Reveal

Sitting around a table with some of my co-workers in October, we were discussing the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey. One of my colleagues, who is constantly visiting Houston due to large client projects, was mentioning the slow recovery and how much help is still needed in a couple of the Wards that…

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Critical Thinking to Prepare for What’s Ahead

By Ed Elsbury December 20, 2017 - Blog, oVo® Methodology by Ed Elsbury

Our team was recently conducting a Wellness Assessment for a client that is looking to double their revenue over next 5 years. A key component of realizing this objective is pursuing new markets which will require their supply chain to be more agile and responsive to market changes. Part of the assessment highlighted the need…

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How Can Your Company Benefit from Giving Back

By Kelly Kuhlman December 13, 2017 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

It might be common for companies to make charitable donations. There are those few companies that go above and beyond those charitable efforts, with initiatives like donating time, talent, money or goods. Giving back to your favorite charity feels good, there’s no denying that. But your charitable initiatives can have a greater impact on your company…

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SAP Continues Accelerated Innovation of SAP IBP with Their Q4 Version 1711 Release

By Jim Cameron December 6, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (SAP IBP) solution is a cloud-based real-time supply chain planning solution powered by SAP Hana in-memory technology.  SAP IBP is one of SAP’s best examples of continuous innovation delivery of cloud-based solutions with quarterly releases that cover: Supply Chain Control Tower for end to end visualization of your entire supply chain;…

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Delivering Value on the Road

By Steven Crooke November 22, 2017 - Blog by Steven Crooke

I have always found it interesting to look at the statistics that are kept on the major league sports teams.  I find it jaw-dropping that we are able to generate and store as much data as we do.  This new world of big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning is our new reality. …

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Lighthouse™: Not Just A KPI Collector

By Rutul Thakkar November 1, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Rutul Thakkar

It is an old saying, “What gets measured, gets done.” Lighthouse™ is a critical analytical solution specifically developed to complement the oVo® Methodology Reveal uses as part of their approach toward Business Maturity®. This solution works runs on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There are a lot of analytical tools that organizations use, but many of…

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Lost in a sea of spreadsheets?

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2017 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

Steps to ensure decisions and SC Optimization activities are based upon timely, accurate, and complete data I have worked with multinational organizations on SCM Optimization initiatives for many years and am still amazed how often senior management makes allowances to keep and manage critical data outside of the ERP system in … you guessed it, spreadsheets!…

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Discover and learn the practicalities of Supply Chain Optimization

By Reveal October 8, 2017 - Events by Reveal

The Hands-on Education Seminar at SCM Optimization Bootcamp 2.0 December 4-6, 2017, LondonHouse, Chicago This unique learning experience you will not find anywhere else. The informative three-day SCM Optimization Bootcamp event will showcase a full slate of sessions that offer expert supply chain management advice on how to minimize inventory levels, improve service performance, reduce stock-outs with…

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If Forecasts are Wrong – Why do we Need Them?

By Patrice Matthias November 29, 2017 - Blog by Patrice Matthias

The one thing we know for sure is a forecast can be wrong, so then why are they so important?  Supply chains thrive on data, in this case, demand.  Rules in SAP (or any ERP system) are designed to align supply to demand.  The tricky part of the supply chain is having the right product…

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Risky Business: Using Spreadsheets for Key Supply Chain Activities

By Ed Elsbury October 8, 2017 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Are you aware of one of the Biggest Risks to Your Business? Spreadsheets are 100% Risky Business when it comes to supply chain demand planning, S&OP, materials replenishment and value chain collaboration. “We pull the information from our SAP system and put it into a spreadsheet. After we are done working with the information and putting…

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It’s All About the Numbers … Or is it?

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog by Phil Franz

Using Strategic and Operational Metrics to Effectively Obtain Business Results If you can’t measure it, you cannot improve it An old adage, right?  Who can argue with a quantitative approach to identifying and solving business problems?  After all, numbers don’t lie, but they also don’t tell the whole truth about business performance.  Before you stop…

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How Social is your Extended Supply Chain?

By Jim Cameron October 8, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

Today’s supply chain runs at the speed of now and generates massive amounts of data and events that need to be processed, routed, and shared near real-time across all stakeholders within your company, partners, and customers. In this day and age Supply chain participants are always online, always connected and using mobile devices to stay connected while…

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In Search of the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy Part II

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog, Change Management by Phil Franz

What the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy looks like Start simple, keep it simple.  Too many organizations hire high price consultancies to help them develop a strategy.  These consultants create a complex, multi-volume strategy that company executives and managers do not know how to apply to everyday supply chain business issues.  If line supply chain management…

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Change Management … Why is it so hard to change?

By Philip Franz July 19, 2017 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Phil Franz

Change Management studies and practices began in the 1960’s, gaining business momentum in the 1980’s and is commonplace in 2017.  Change Management incorporates communication, education, training, and deployment as part of the change management process.  Although consultants, corporate change management practitioners, and advisory organizations have developed multiple change management implementation methodologies and best practice recommendations, organizational…

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Valu-ations: Achieving Personal Significance

By Deena Ullom August 7, 2017 - Brand, Reveal by Reveal

Editor’s Note: As an organization, Reveal is committed to 10 principles first outlined by Unleash the Masterpiece, Inc. In her Valu-ations column, Deena Ullom explores the concepts outlined by the respective principles and how she applies them personally. One of our principles is Achieve Personal Significance: Accurate Self-Image — an accurate self-image based on increasing…

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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

By Steven Crooke May 23, 2017 - Analytics, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Steven Crooke

I was sitting with a client this last week and we were talking about SAP’s roadmap to S/4HANA.  We were trying to align it with the client’s IT strategy and Reveal’s recommendations for their Supply Chain initiatives.  This was a lively discussion with just a little bit of tension about how they were going to…

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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

By Steven Crooke May 23, 2017 - Analytics, Brand, Change Management, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization by Steven Crooke

I was sitting with a client this last week and we were talking about SAP’s roadmap to S/4HANA.  We were trying to align it with the client’s IT strategy and Reveal’s recommendations for their Supply Chain initiatives.  This was a lively discussion with just a little bit of tension about how they were going to…

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What’s in an oVo®, a Look From the Inside Out ?

By Patrice Matthias May 18, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization by Patrice Matthias

I have been working for Reveal for almost seven years.  I joined the team because I loved the Reveal message.  Reveal was a home with a methodology, ongoing Value optimization® (oVo®), around principles I had been living by for years. So, the other day when a colleague asked what I go through when I embark…

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You Did What!? Best Practices to Align Human Behavior with Business Rules

By Sean Elliffe April 25, 2017 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Sean Elliffe

MRP, Master Data, and Exception Management Last week I presented the Reveal April 2017 online seminar with the same title as this blog. It followed the theme from my previous blog “Surviving Supply Chain Optimization – Intelligent Demand Segmentation is a key dynamic”. I say that because both subjects aim to drive home the point…

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Implementation Consultants vs. Trusted Advisors

By Martin Rowan April 12, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Martin Rowan

Being a father whose daughter is a freshman in college, I understand the importance of a good education.  More importantly, I also understand it goes beyond textbook smarts.  To bring true value to herself, her future family and the organization she may work for, she will need to apply the education she has received in…

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10 Best Practices to Gain Immediate, Actionable Insight into Your Extended Supply Chain

By Kevin Wilson August 7, 2017 - Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Reveal by David Carroll

Extended Supply Chains have the following characteristics: Multiple geographies – Where do your customers and partners reside? Multiple languages and currencies Multiple systems – SAP, EDI, Website, portals, … Multiple partners – Carriers, freight forwarders, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors Varying regulations and compliance requirements – What’s needed to ensure we conduct business legally across the globe?…

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Is it Easier to Produce a Quality Customer Product or Quality Business Data?

By Philip Franz March 27, 2017 - Analytics, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

By Philip Franz The answer to this question depends on who you talk to in any organization.  Organization employ many people whose job responsibility is to provide research and development, product engineering, manufacturing, quality and logistics. The focus of all of these roles are to ensure a quality product to the customer.  Unfortunately, few companies…

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The Six Ps of the Extended Supply Chain — Part 3 of 3

By Kevin Wilson February 8, 2017 - oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

by Kevin Wilson In this series, we’ve begun to describe the six P’s that make up the modern extended supply chain and highlight how we leverage the Reveal oVo® Methodology to help companies using SAP to run their supply chains to transform them in the most optimal manner. In the first part of this three-part article series, we discussed the Produce…

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Integration Requires Collaboration

January 26, 2017 - Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

by Steven Crooke I spend a lot of my time touting the virtues of a truly integrated supply chain supported by the best (in my opinion) integrated supply chain ERP system available – SAP®. Too often, in searching for solutions for an ailing supply chain, people seem to be consumed by what they do not…

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Join Reveal at Logistics & SCM 2017 in Orlando

January 16, 2017 - Events, Reveal by

Reveal is pleased to announce that our supply chain management industry experts will be speaking at Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2017, taking place March 6-8, 2017, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.  

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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain – Part 2 of 3

By Kevin Wilson January 5, 2017 - oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

Keeping demand aligned with supply in the modern extended supply chain is growing more and more challenging. Globalization, increasing freight rates, capacity constraints, regulatory pressure and partner collaboration are just a few challenges that need to be constantly addressed to maximize the effectiveness of the supply chain. In this series, we’ve begun to describe the…

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