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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, Material Requirements Planning (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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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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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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Is it Easier to Produce a Quality Customer Product or Quality Business Data?

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

The answer to this question depends on who you talk to in any organization.  Organizations 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 is to ensure a quality product to the customer.  Unfortunately, few companies understand how to…

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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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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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Drive Value in Your Supply Chain Optimization with a Smart Use of KPI’s – Part 2

By Jim Cameron December 5, 2016 - Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron How do you effectively drive value in your supply chain optimization initiative with smart use of key performance indicators (KPIs)? Part 1 of this article series looked at why the use of KPIs creates change. In part 2, we will review a 10-step process to choose the right KPIs to drive change…

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’tis the Season to Balance Demand, Supply and Fulfillment

By Philip Franz November 28, 2016 - Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

Amazon recently announced that it is hiring 120,000 seasonal workers to support its holiday season fulfillment orders. While this is a boon for people looking for seasonal employment across the United States, adding 120,000 new employees into a complex fulfillment process is a monumental undertaking for any organization. Amazon supply chain professionals are hiring seasonal…

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IQ vs. EQ: Which Is More Important in Hiring?

By Deena Ullom October 24, 2016 - Talent Management by Kelly Kuhlman

According to Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, “[e]motional intelligence [EQ] is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.” The term appeared on the scene in the mid-1990s and seemed to finally explain why people with average IQs…

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Surviving Supply Chain Optimization: Intelligent Demand Segmentation Is Key

By Sean Elliffe October 17, 2016 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

Whether your organization is facing rapid growth or another round of belt-tightening, the need for supply chain optimization remains a business imperative. Maybe there already is an initiative planned or started within the company, or it is possible that you have run out of steam or are not achieving expected results. The reality is that…

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Top Five Things to Consider Before Building an App

By Dara Soumgit September 20, 2016 - Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

by Dara Soumgit Small to medium businesses now are incorporating web apps into their business strategies to increase their sales and help boost employees’ productivity. However, lack of planning can lead to diminished profitability and decreased utility if the app is poorly conceived and does not work well. Before building an app, it is important for…

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SAP Mobility: Get It Right

By Rutul Thakkar August 22, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

At Reveal, we focus on our Business Maturity® Continuum and oVo® methodology to align people, process, and technology and transform supply chains. SAP Mobility solutions are a good way to bring people, process, and technology together. There are a few different tools offered by SAP, SAP partners and third-party sources available for application development, but in…

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Giving Back: When It Matters Most …

By Martin Rowan August 8, 2016 - Giving Back by Kelly Kuhlman

by Martin Rowan At Reveal, we talk a lot about giving back and how it is core to our beliefs. Besides donating a portion of our profits, we also provide all employees with the opportunity to take “give back” time off. Using this give-back time, my family and I recently took a trip to the Philippines, where…

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Drive Value in Your Supply Chain Optimization with a Smart Use of KPIs – Part 1

By Jim Cameron July 27, 2016 - Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron Most people will agree that using key performance indicators (KPIs) in their organization will drive behavior, as well as promote a positive change in the teams that utilize them. Advances in technology and trends in using “Big Data” analytics allow for even more accurate and advanced measures of supply chain processes. This multi-part…

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How Optimizing Your Supply Chain May Be Harder Than Climbing Everest

By Steven Crooke July 5, 2016 - Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

  Why I believe optimizing your supply chain may be harder than climbing Mount Everest: Firstly, a disclaimer: I have not climbed Mount Everest myself; I have only read many accounts of people who have successfully achieved this incredible challenge. Their accounts are awe-inspiring. I am a supply chain guy and an SAP guy –…

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Transforming What Matters: Living the Reveal Brand

By Martin Rowan April 25, 2016 - Brand by Kelly Kuhlman

“Transforming What Matters” is more than Reveal’s tagline — not merely a clever sequence of words, but a notion that took a lot of thought and described our inner belief. It describes what we love doing — helping companies change for the better; it describes how we do it — we assess, we transform and we…

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Gain Control of Your Supply Chain: Eight Points to Ponder

By Kevin Wilson April 18, 2016 - Analytics, SAP Event Management, SAP Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

When it comes to the extended supply chain, it is critical to ensure that any issue that occurs during the process is uncovered in a timely manner. Once an issue has been uncovered, it then becomes critical to take action on it in order to get the process back on track. Without this kind of…

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Skin in the Game: Gainshare on Inventory Optimization

By Sean Elliffe April 7, 2016 - Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

Reveal has had significant success, particularly over the past two years, in continuing to help organizations optimize their inventory and address their process performance issues. Production schedule attainment; fill rate to customers (100% on-time and in-full delivery for the first time in 20 years for one customer); overall service-level improvements across the extended supply chain;…

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What Does SAP Global Batch Traceability Brings to the Table

By Kevin Wilson December 28, 2015 - SAP Global Batch Traceability by Kelly Kuhlman

Industries that have a requirement to track their product movements via batches, whether it is legislated or based on a need for mature supply chain economics, find it difficult to perform these tasks in an efficient manner. Why the inefficiency? They battle to track batches, serial numbers or handling units/packages across the various disparate systems…

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SAP Process Observer and Event Management

By Kevin Wilson November 15, 2015 - SAP Event Management, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

SAP Process Observer for Built-In Processes (POB) allows organizations to monitor and optimize core processes based on SAP Business Suite’s built-in business object events. It’s been around quite a while — since 2011, I believe. The functionality it provides is somewhat close to SAP Event Management (EM), but there are major differences in functionality and…

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Why Forecasting Isn’t Enough?

By Martin Rowan November 13, 2015 - Blog, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

A recent white paper, “Seven Methods That Improve Forecast Accuracy,” suggests that a range of forecasting methods helps companies achieve better results. It cites Gartner, arguing, “companies that excel at demand forecasting average 15% less inventory, 17% stronger perfect order fulfillment, 35% shorter cash-to-cash cycle times, and one-tenth as many stock-outs as their peers.” While forecast…

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SAP Event Management Use Cases – Part 1

By Kevin Wilson October 29, 2015 - Blog, SAP Event Management by Kelly Kuhlman

How can we leverage SAP Event Management (EM) functionality? This is a great question because, after all, SAP EM is a tool that is designed to provide end-to-end business process visibility and exception management. Much like you would leverage a workflow solution to enforce certain activities to take place at the right time by the right…

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What Solutions Does SAP ERP Offer to Cover the Extended Supply Chain?

By Reveal October 20, 2015 - Change Management, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

At Reveal, we focus our efforts on those solution components that SAP ERP has delivered to help create Efficient, Responsive Supply Chains. Global outsourcing combined with increasing demand for better customer service and response while remaining compliant towards regulations is a challenge to any Extended Supply Chain. How can companies leverage their solution technologies to…

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Benefits of Capacity Planning in the system

April 7, 2014 - Blog, Webinars by Kelly Kuhlman

The second session in Reveal’s April Webinar series, Production Execution Optimization, will be focusing on the benefits of capacity planning in the system. All too often manufacturing capacity planning is performed in a spreadsheet by someone working on the production floor. This, however, could be impacting a company’s profitability and limiting its ability to respond…

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