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Getting Ready to Step into the Faster World of S/4 HANA

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, S4/HANA, SAP Best Practices by David Carroll

There are many reasons why it is important to manage by exception. Some include reliance on a single record of truth, full integration throughout the supply chain, greater efficiencies in process and implementation, balanced achievement of supply and demand, improved customer service, and far greater cost efficiencies. Yet there is one more urgent reason to…

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Using the Power of MRP

By David Carroll July 22, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, MRP, SAP Best Practices, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management by David Carroll

Understanding, and using the power of MRP has many benefits and can help your organizations supply chain greatly. Setting off on the path from imbalance and inefficiency to balanced integration requires recognizing that data and material requirements planning (MRP) are the glue that holds everything together. As MRP runs, it touches everything — materials, BOM,…

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Understanding the Power of Exception Monitoring

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, MRP, SAP Best Practices, SAP User Experience by David Carroll

One way to think of exception monitoring is that it is a catalyst for change, letting you know what processes are out of balance and identifying where your energies need to be expended. The goal of understanding the power of exception monitoring is end-to-end supply chain integration. From sales and operations planning through demand management,…

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Can You Hear SAP Speak?  What Exactly is Exception Monitoring?

By David Carroll July 9, 2019 - Blog, Exception Monitoring, Master Data by David Carroll

Exception monitoring is SAP’s way of showing you where your supply chain imbalances are.  It’s a very simple method that works extremely well, but only works if everybody who uses SAP has their data set up correctly, trusts the data implicitly, and behaves correctly while analyzing the outputs of the data. Exception monitoring is such…

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5 Steps Organizations Must Take to Reap the Full Benefits of a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

By Ed Elsbury June 21, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Demand Planning, Digital Supply Chain, MRP, OTIF, SAP Best Practices by Ed Elsbury

There is a natural progression to reap the full benefits of a supply chain that is demand driven, and it starts with optimizing the performance of your people, processes and SAP.  Is everyone working from one system of record and viewing the same set of information to make decisions? Or, are spreadsheets being utilized in…

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A Comprehensive Framework for Delivering Change

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Digital Supply Chain, ERP System, SAP Best Practices, Supply Chain Management by Wayne Thomas

Your SAP ERP system provides decision-driving high-performance analytics that personal information systems (aka. spreadsheets) don’t because of features such as: All this is not to say that spreadsheets don’t have their place. They still offer value for ad hoc analysis and the visualization of data. They can even be linked with advanced digital solutions. But…

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Core Building Blocks to Consider in Debate over ERP vs. Personal Information Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Master Data, MRP, SAP Best Practices by Kelly Kuhlman

Integration: The supply chain is one of the most critical processes within an organization and it demands that all systems and processes always remain linked. Using multiple personal information systems prevent an organization from becoming fully integrated. Tracking the details of business performance through a series of spreadsheets can quickly morph into a complex patchwork…

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What Is the Problem with Dueling Sources of Truth?

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Value Solutions by Wayne Thomas

The simple answer: external data sources, such as spreadsheets, kill integration, process efficiency, and visibility. They can cripple a company’s ability to react nimbly, to meet and exceed business goals, and build sustainable and enduring customer relationships. At their best, spreadsheets are good at analyzing historical data without being able to truly excel (no pun…

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Evolution of Integrated Business Solutions Through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 5, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, ERP System, MRP, Value Optimization by Wayne Thomas

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) began in the 1960s with efforts at planning and scheduling materials for complex manufactured goods. In the 1970s, expensive and clunky MRP solutions began to take shape. In 1972, five engineers in Mannheim, Germany started SAP Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung) with the purpose of producing and selling software to drive integrated business…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Make to Stock or Make to Order?

By Reveal June 5, 2019 - Blog, Demand Planning, Digital Supply Chain, Forecasting, Make to Order, Make to Stock by Reveal

It starts with aligning your business to your customer reality. Are you Make to Order? Make to Stock? Assemble to Order? Often, companies are misaligned with what they believe they are, how they operate, and how they set up their ERP system. You might think SAP is one-size-fits-all, or that your company is all one…

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Imagine: A Frictionless, Connected, Agile Supply Chain.

By Martin Rowan May 29, 2019 - Business Maturity, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Enterprise by Martin Rowan

It’s responsive, real-time, reliable, and predictable. It’s transparent, trustworthy, and integrated. The Intelligent Enterprise is just that, the ultimate data-driven organization, digitized through integrated systems and empowered to change paradigms. SAP defines the Intelligent Enterprise as one that leverages data assets to achieve desired outcomes faster and with less risk, by enabling employees through process…

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Become an Intelligent Enterprise and Turn Your Digital Investment into a Competitive Advantage

By Martin Rowan May 29, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Enterprise by Martin Rowan

SAP research shows that 72% of CEOs believe that impending technological changes over the next 3 years will have more impact for their industries than the last 50 years combined. Only 5%, however, have been able to turn “digital” into a competitive advantage. Our research has shown there are 9 fundamentals that hold organizations back…

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SAP Project System in an ETO Environment

By Sean Stokke May 9, 2019 - Blog, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

Working with various industries as a planning manager, I have found Engineer to Order (ETO) to be the most complex environment to plan for, and often times the most frustrating. Coming from a Production Planning (PP) background, it is easy to neglect many of the core principles and fundamentals that must be accounted for in…

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Supply Chain Strategy – Proactive or Reactive?

By Ed Elsbury March 6, 2019 - Asset Management, Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Ed Elsbury

In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin, a printer by trade and a scientist by fame, said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   Recently, I received a call from a supply chain professional who has 30+ years of operations and supply chain experience, is Lean and APICs certified, and needed some help. He shared…

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The Ultimate Inside Look at By-Product/Co-Product

By Eacliffe Stuart January 18, 2019 - Blog, SAP Education, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management by Eacliffe Stuart

There are times when using By-Product/Co-Product functionality is mandatory, or else be ready to pay significant consequences in managing your manufacturing operations using related SAP ECC functionality. What is By-Product/Co-Product? By-Product/Co-Product is manufacturing functionality where a single PP-PI/PP (Incl.PP-REM) order reflects that fact, and when attempting to produce inventory for a single material, the manufacturing…

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My First Reveal Give-Back

By Debby Flora January 2, 2019 - Blog, Culture, Giving Back, Reveal by Debby Flora

Something that sets Reveal apart from most other companies I know is not only how folks here promote volunteering time for charitable causes, but the fact that so many people here actually do so and on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I spend more time this time of the year than any other feeling…

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