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Can SAP Communicate & Plan Phases in Product Lifecycle Management?

By Steve Kinal December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP by Steve Kinal

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) There are many planning phases of materials within Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Forecasts, inventory levels, and sales may fluctuate within each phase in PLM. Prompt action, realignment, communication channels, and how the process is managed are crucial success factors when managing PLM throughout the supply chain. Is there a way to…

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How Holistic Is Your Organization’s Perspective?

By Marcia Koon December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) by Marcia Koon

With most of my career being spent with the front-of-the-house supply chain (customer service, sales, marketing, logistics), my natural perspective of the product lifecycle is: Introduction: Defining the market and positioning the product, as well as the pricing and strategy planned for growth (i.e. price high to achieve slower volume growth.) Price low and go…

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New Product Development (NPD) and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

By Anna Watson December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP, SAP System by Anna Watson

Many of us have heard the saying, “If you’re not first, you’re last” or “First is the only place that really matters.” Although that isn’t entirely accurate, it can truly feel that way when you miss the opportunity to be first to market with a new product. While Research & Development, Marketing, and Sales may…

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Don’t Change Master Data for Execution Variation

By Anna Watson November 19, 2019 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Production & Supply Planning, SAP System by Anna Watson

Often in supply chain, we talk about breaking down the silos and working across functional areas. However, there is one place where we want to still respect the division of responsibilities and that is the data between master data and transactional data. Master data should be heavily governed and does not typically change that often….

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Break Down Silos to Execute Integration Within the Supply Chain

By Eacliffe Stuart November 19, 2019 - Blog by Eacliffe Stuart

Why Silos Must Be Broken in Order to Execute Within the Supply Chain A key selling point for many companies to choose SAP to manage their business processes is “Integration”.  This is “Integration” through all the logistics modules, all of them being held accountable through the financial modules. An SAP module by itself most likely…

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It’s Time to Hang up Our Supply Chain Superhero Capes

By Kristie Bane November 12, 2019 - Blog by Kristie Bane

Like many, I rose through various roles in Supply Chain due to my skills in crisis management.  I had a cape and I wore it both proudly and regularly.  As my responsibilities grew and I had a scope that covered planning all the way through manufacturing and distribution, it became clear. Organizationally, we needed to…

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Creating Change, Improving Outcomes

By Steven Crooke November 14, 2019 - Blog by Steven Crooke

Since 1989, I have been executing projects – always using the paradigm of people, process and technology to frame the activities and outcomes of the project charter.  The success and/or failure of each initiative has been measured according to specific project activities under each of these components. Recently, I have found a more powerful application…

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Embrace Frictionless Procurement by Living in the System

By David Morin October 7, 2019 - Blog by David Morin

Becoming a procurement leader in today’s rapidly changing environment often comes down to one key factor: those who actively manage to spend based on real-time insights will generate cost savings. Those who rely on traditional spend management practices will not. For your organization, that means knowing what is bought and how it is being bought…

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Sustainment Starts from the Beginning

By Sandra Rubin November 1, 2019 - Blog by Sandra

Through my experiences the evolution of change and sustain.  As we have become more and more customer-centric, people often interchange the words retain and sustain.  Through our proven methodology we partner with our clients (retain our relationships) to sustain the business value achieved through the transformation project. We hear often from our clients “how will…

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How Can an Organization Maintain and Sustain Momentum?

By Wayne Thomas November 1, 2019 - Blog by Wayne Thomas

Have you ever wondered why some organizations take a few steps forward and then seemingly stumble? Organizations even fall or take a step back when it comes to programs that have been executed to gain performance improvement. There is a large body of material that discusses, shares experiences and even some bloggers/writers propose inventive and…

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Plant Maintenance – Work Management

By Pierre Steyn October 22, 2019 - Blog by Pierre Steyn

Work management processes are all following the same principals and even though some minor idiosyncrasies exist between industries the high-level principals remain consistent. Some companies are more successful than others when it comes to performing work management. If the processes are fairly the same, then why are some of us more successful than others? To…

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Automate Your Processes to Achieve Manufacturing Execution

By Eacliffe Stuart October 8, 2019 - Blog by Eacliffe Stuart

What does an enterprise gain by having precise production planning & production execution information in SAP? This is one of the many key questions when trying to achieve 100% customer service levels with the caveat to possess as little inventory as possible. A Make to Order (MTO) planning strategy would satisfy this goal if it…

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Manufacturing Execution – Challenges and Insights in Connected Environments

By Sammy Ngum October 1, 2019 - Blog by Sammy Ngum

Real-time availability of production data and information is increasingly becoming critical in a modern-day connected manufacturing environment. ERP systems like SAP provide the backbone of tools that IT organizations use to model manufacturing processes. An optimized environment allows these organizations to model in detail, their products and processes providing seamless data flow across their internal…

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Manufacturing Execution – Let SAP Do the Heavy Lifting

By Sean Stokke October 1, 2019 - Blog by Sean Stokke

In this series of manufacturing execution, we will start to look into some of the pitfalls of the production planning process. Furthermore, how utilizing SAP as the sole source of information, or one system of record, as we like to say, serves to drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Imagine if you could harness the power…

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Manufacturing Execution – One System of Record

By David Carroll September 12, 2019 - Blog by David Carroll

When I was in the operations department, those of us on the shop floor were seen almost as a nuisance and not seen as the last people to touch our products before they got to our customers, so to my mind we were a pretty important nuisance. This was 30+ years ago and it’s only…

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Featuring What Is Possible by 2025 – Getting over the Hill

By Sean Elliffe September 24, 2019 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

In the digital age, staying competitive requires speed, responsiveness, and innovation, all key drivers of the SAP S/4HANA solution. The impending 2025 deadline, when SAP will end support for ECC6 and by which time all SAP customers should be on S/4HANA, has two possible journeys: The first and most sought after is that all current…

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Does Your Master Data Automate Your Warehouse Processes?

By Steve Kinal September 20, 2019 - Blog by Steve Kinal

Many years ago, when I started a position as Operations Manager for a warehouse, I would ask myself questions, such as: Why is this material in the incorrect storage bin? Why are we picking materials this way? How are we so far behind in closing transactions? How are we losing so many materials? How are…

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

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog 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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The Power of MRP

By David Carroll July 22, 2019 - Blog, Demand Planning, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) 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 Material Requirements Planning (MRP) runs, it touches everything…

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Understanding the Power of Exception Monitoring

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog 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 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 To Reap the Full Benefits of a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

By Ed Elsbury June 21, 2019 - Blog, Demand Planning, Supply Chain Optimization, Warehouse Management / EWM 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 many…

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A Comprehensive Framework for Delivering Change

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog 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, Business Solutions, ERP Systems, SAP Implementation, SAP System by Kelly Kuhlman

Aligning SAP ERP Best Practice functionality with organizational needs translates to reliable, accurate, current data. This gives employees their time back and eliminates the concern that a ticking time bomb of undocumented information or even a missed decimal point may be skewing the results. Integration: The supply chain is one of the most critical processes…

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What Is the Problem with External Data Sources?

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP Systems, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System 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 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 David Carroll June 5, 2019 - Blog, Materials Management, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning by David Carroll

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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How to Become a Demand-Driven Supply Chain?

By Reveal May 31, 2019 - Blog by Reveal

Recently, we were assessing a company’s supply chain. They had forecasted in the system, and at the management level, they spoke highly of their demand-driven supply chain. The business commented on how they can capture the demand changes rapidly and make the necessary adjustment to demand fluctuation in the system. Then we walked the shop…

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Imagine: A Frictionless, Connected, Agile Supply Chain.

By Martin Rowan May 29, 2019 - Blog, SAP Implementation, SAP S/4HANA Migration, SAP System 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 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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Supply Chain Strategy – Proactive or Reactive?

By Ed Elsbury March 6, 2019 - Blog 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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Why did SAP do this to me?

By Jay Freeman January 23, 2019 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Over and over again, I hear people say “SAP did this to me” or ask “Why did SAP do this to me?” While this may be a natural tendency, it is nevertheless a fallacy.  SAP is not a sentient being, and it is not capable of “doing something” to a human.  SAP does not make…

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

By Eacliffe Stuart January 18, 2019 - Blog, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System 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,…

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My First Reveal Give-Back

By Debby Flora January 2, 2019 - Blog by Reveal

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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