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

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog 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 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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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’tis the Season to Balance Demand, Supply and Fulfillment

By Philip Franz November 28, 2016 - Blog 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 - Blog 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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Top Five Things to Consider Before Building an App

By Dara Soumgit September 20, 2016 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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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Are You Watching Your Company’s MRP Game Within the Game?

By Mike Hayes July 12, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Humans, by nature, are focused on outcomes; especially in sports. Take baseball, for instance: the number of wins, loses, batting average, a pitcher’s ERA; the list goes on.  In America’s game, there is another dimension that most fans don’t pay attention to, “The game within the game.” There have been dozens of books published about…

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Data Analytics: Why Less Can Be More

By Pete Kovac June 13, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Pete Kovac Believe it or not, there can be too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to your supply chain analytics With the emergence of Big Data and everyone wanting to get as much data as humanly possible, we have to ask one question: Is this data helping or hurting the business?

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Golf vs. SAP Extended Supply Chain Optimization

By Sean Elliffe May 31, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Common traits in golf and SAP supply chain optimization: Why getting to golf perfection and the perfect extended supply chain are similar in nature! The Basic Hypothesis Our high-performance ERP system has taken a sizeable investment to implement. It is designed to take our business where it needs to go, has been / should be set…

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Transforming What Matters: Living the Reveal Brand

By Martin Rowan April 25, 2016 - Blog 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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Skin in the Game: Gainshare on Inventory Optimization

By Sean Elliffe April 7, 2016 - Blog 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 If Your SAP Supply Chain Was Truly Optimized?

By Jim Cameron February 15, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron What if your SAP supply chain was truly optimized — what would it mean for your company? What if your initial SAP implementation focused on how you use SAP to improve your business — not on how you install SAP to run your business? What if your go-live acceptance test on inventory…

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What Does SAP Global Batch Traceability Brings to the Table

By Kevin Wilson December 28, 2015 - Blog 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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Did You Get the ROI You Anticipated?

By Sean Elliffe December 7, 2015 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Sean Elliffe   Your SAP implementation is behind you, and you are up and running. Transactions all are working, and the system is collecting and building data that is rich in content for analysis and improved decision-making. All the same, a question more often posed than not is “Did you get the ROI you…

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Getting to a World-class Supply Chain

By Sean Elliffe November 23, 2015 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Sean Elliffe How do we know we have got a world-class supply chain? There are as many arguments as to what constitutes “world-class” as there are detractors who would question if such a thing even exists. In this modern era, there are significant complexity challenges that require us to consider multiple business dynamics, not least…

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SAP Process Observer and Event Management

By Kevin Wilson November 15, 2015 - Blog 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 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 2

By Kevin Wilson November 5, 2015 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

In the first article on use cases for SAP Event Management (EM), I took you through some of the use cases for SAP Transportation Management (TM), Global Trade Services (GTS) and Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC), as well as the highly popular Track and Trace where folks simply want to know from their carriers or freight…

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SAP Event Management Use Cases – Part 1

By Kevin Wilson October 29, 2015 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 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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