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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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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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Implementing Your Culture Throughout Your Organization

By Sandy Moran November 26, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Culture fit gets a lot of attention by hiring managers, interviewers, and recruiters. But what does that mean? It does not mean to hire everyone just like you, diversity is what makes companies stronger. Make sure you’re not accidentally building a team of people who all think, look and act the exact same way. A…

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Creating Innovation in Supply Chain Management

By Philip Franz September 19, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Current State Perspective Supply Chain Management is alive and well in 2018.  Large and small enterprises that only a few years ago that did not have a formal Supply Chain Management organization have one today.  Why?  Effectively managing your supply chain has become increasingly important as customers expect better and faster service at a lower…

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Demand, Integration, and Education

By Udo Bunger August 22, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

ERP systems are primarily software components used to optimize business process management. Modern ERP systems comprise real-time data integration between the various modular components which are connected to complete a specific business process. SAP©’s integration between different modules is not new to us, but we do not communicate the benefits of what we understand about…

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Institutionalizing Exception Monitoring

By Tam Perepa June 27, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

There are several challenges in an oVo® project especially when it comes to the Realization phase leading up to the Sustain phase. The challenges we face are predominantly people-centric and like it or not that is a make or a break kind of deal in terms of whether we can help the Process Aligned Team accomplish…

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What Can I Change About Myself Today?

By Pete Kovac June 20, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Sometimes we all need to take a break, look ourselves in the mirror and ask the difficult questions. Questions such as: “What can I change about myself today?” or “How can I be a better parent, mentor, friend, or colleague?”. Sometimes we know exactly what we are doing wrong but are afraid of change. It’s so…

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The Social Supply Chain

By Aimee Latuszek June 6, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

As a millennial, it’s obvious to see that there is one aspect of modern marketing that can instill fear deep into the hearts of older generations: ‘Social Media.’ As you may already know, Social Media is no longer a hobby, a trend, or a mere pastime. This once-considered downtime activity is now a booming industry—and…

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An Exchange of Promises

By Gerald Cassioppi May 30, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Have you ever wondered what makes a business contract tick? How do organizations determine what to put in them—and what should stay out? Unless you are exposed to this area of business, you may not be able to recognize the in’s and outs of a binding contract. While the word ‘contract’ may seem daunting, a…

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Resetting the Supply Chain

By Patrice Matthias May 9, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

As organizations begin the journey to move from SAP ECC to S4 Hana, Reveal has launched a free webinar series this year to help prepare for the transition. The series started in February with an introduction to the 10 smart things an organization should do to prepare for the journey to S4 Hana. Here, I’ve…

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The Evolution of the Material Planner/Buyer

By Philip Franz March 28, 2018 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Materials Management by Reveal

A 40 Year Perspective A lot has changed in manufacturing in the past 40 years.  The globalization of manufacturing has moved manufacturing all over the globe.  Supply chains have become extended and complex.  Planning and executing in manufacturing facilities across multiple global locations has been greatly influenced by the implementation of ERP solutions.  ERP systems…

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Learning from the Best

By Finus Rascoe February 28, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Working with Reveal the past 6 months has been a favorable opportunity, not only do I gain new knowledge related to my skillset, but the overall experience, culture, and the values they live by are remarkable. One of the many reasons why I joined this organization as I heard that Reveal had an oVo® Methodology,…

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oVo® – What’s SD Got to Do with It?

By Debby Flora February 14, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Back when I began my SAP SD career, Sales and Distribution (SD), Materials Management (MM), Production Planning (PP), and FICO (Finance and Controlling) were referred to as modules.  At some point, this changed, and they were called functional areas, but they were still easily identifiable as SD, MM, etc., at SAP conferences, on the ASUG…

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Marketing in the Recruiting World!

By Doreen Needham & Mark Sheetz February 7, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Recruiting today has become more of a marketing job for us at Reveal because we hire such a unique skill set that old recruiting techniques are just not relevant anymore. We are constantly seeking ways to reach the passive candidates with the perfect technical skills, business background, consulting experience, and most importantly finding someone who…

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Stocking Strategy is the Door to Supply Chain Operations

By Reveal January 24, 2018 - Blog, Demand Planning, Production & Supply Planning, Supply Chain Optimization by Reveal

Many organizations underestimate the significant value of analyzing their inventory stocking strategy on overall supply chain operations. It is difficult to zero in on a stocking strategy because much of the attention is drawn to the critical items that are in immediate demand and inevitably not available on the shelf thus impacting critical production or…

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Giving Back to the Communities Around Us

By Doreen Needham December 28, 2017 - Blog 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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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 an end to end visualization of your entire supply…

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Discover and Learn the Practicalities of Supply Chain Optimization

By Reveal October 8, 2017 - Blog 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 Reveal

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

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog, Key Performance Indicators-KPIs, On Time In Full (OTIF), Supply Chain Optimization by Reveal

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 reading this blog because it appears that I am anti-metric,…

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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 by Reveal

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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In Search of the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy

By Reveal October 8, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

I have been on the trail of the illusive supply chain strategy for over 30 years.  Just when I think I am getting close to a supply chain strategy, it vanishes and the search begins anew.  Why is something that is so needed, so difficult to find? As a supply chain consultant who has been…

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Change Management … Why is it so hard to change?

By Philip Franz July 19, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

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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Valuations: Achieving Personal Significance

By Deena Ullom August 7, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

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

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

By Patrice Matthias May 18, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

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

By Reveal January 5, 2017 - Blog, Procurement, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System by Reveal

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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How to Fix MRP Exceptions? When You’re Told One Thing, But Need to Do Another

By Reveal November 14, 2016 - Blog, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning by Reveal

Have you ever been told to do one thing and know you should do the exact opposite? Being a consultant, I travel incessantly – new airports, new cities, new addresses and different rental cars. Every week, I have to figure out how to connect my phone via bluetooth to a different car model (I need…

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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain — Part 1 of 3

By Reveal October 11, 2016 - Blog, Discrete Manufacturing, Procurement, SAP System by Reveal

by Kevin Wilson 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’ll describe…

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SAP Track and Trace Solution — Part 2: Inbound Logistics

By Reveal September 1, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

In the first part of this article series, I described what Track and Trace is and how it relates to outbound logistics; if you missed it, check it out here. In this article, I will discuss how we can provide full visibility into the inbound logistics process by leveraging SAP’s Event Management module and EDI carrier status…

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Why Not Prioritize Supply Chain Challenges with SAP?

By Patrice Matthias January 25, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

Have you ever felt overwhelmed attempting to determine what needs to be done to improve business results? In our working with organizations across the world, it is apparent that no matter the industry, the country or the company, supply chain challenges are universal. If you are reading this article, you probably run your company with…

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What Does SAP Global Batch Traceability GBT Brings to the Table?

By Reveal December 28, 2015 - Blog, Global Batch Traceability (GBT), Track & Trace by Reveal

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 Track and Trace Solution – Part 1: Outbound Logistics

By Reveal November 30, 2015 - Blog by Reveal

Most organizations deal with the shipment of goods into and out of their premises — in other words, inbound and outbound logistics. With the increasing demand for a better customer experience, it is a challenge to provide a high level of customer service when parts of your supply chain fall somewhat outside of your “sphere of influence.” Sure, through…

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SAP Master Data Governance and Maturity webinar series

July 15, 2014 - Blog by Reveal

Reveal is hosting a 2 part webinar series regarding SAP Master Data Governance and Maturity. Sean Elliffe will present these sessions on July 22nd and July 29th – both at 11AM CST. This webinar series of two, provides guidelines to leverage supply chain data as a foundation for process optimization across the organization. The focus…

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Maintenance Organization Excellence

May 5, 2014 - Blog by Reveal

Maintenance Organization Excellence Reveal’s John Bassi will cover 4 webinar sessions throughout the month of May, regarding the topic of Maintenance Organization Excellence. Each session will begin at 11AM CST every Tuesday in May. The sessions will cover:   1. Using core SAP R3 functionality to gain control of your maintenance planning and execution Do your…

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Using Standard Reports to Improve Planned Maintenance

November 21, 2013 - Blog by Reveal

Rounding off the Maintenance Organization Excellence webinar series, we will follow through to look at some of the LIS reporting tools that help us evaluate our maintenance activity. With processes in place to capture all of the maintenance activity, as well as damage codes, see how this information can be used to drive further process…

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The Evolution of Maintenance Planning

November 4, 2013 - Blog, Plant Maintenance, SAP System by Reveal

Why Information Systems have become pivotal in driving successful Maintenance Strategies Reveal’s November Webinar Series, Maintenance Optimization Excellence, Tomorrow’s topic, The Evolution of Maintenance Planning – Why Information Systems have become pivotal in driving successful Maintenance Strategies, is the first of four webinars in this series. As the strategy to improve plant reliability has evolved, so…

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Supply Chain Bootcamp, Las Vegas

October 9, 2013 - Blog by Reveal

Find out why 100% of Supply Chain Bootcamp attendees in Chicago, IL recommend and approve of this seminar! The Supply Chain Bootcamp seminar is the only seminar for teams that optimize and improve supply chain management processes using the standard SAP systems already in place. Through interactive lectures and demonstrations you will: *Walk through proven…

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Does Your Supply Chain Give You the Competitive Edge?

By Reveal September 11, 2013 - Blog by Reveal

“Through our recent transformation of the ERP (SAP) technology that we already owned, we’ve taken Rust-Oleum’s Supply Chain operations to a more effective and sustainable level that uses SAP for Materials Management, Production/Capacity Planning and S&OP.” -Lisa Stach, Vice President Logistics and Purchasing at Rust-Oleum Come learn strategies from Senior Executives, Lisa Stach from Rust-Oleum and Matt…

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What is Your Planning and Purchasing Team Focused On?

By Patrice Matthias August 29, 2013 - Blog by Reveal

Is it putting data into, or getting information out of your system? Information systems have become an integral part of the business management landscape.  It does not replace the years of business knowledge or experienced decisions to situations, but it does enhance the information available to make informed decisions.  Is your planning team focused on…

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Find out why your ERP solution is letting your customers down!

By Reveal August 22, 2013 - Blog by Reveal

  Learn strategies used by Senior Executives that we have worked with from Rust-Oleum and Hu-Friedy that will uncover how to scale your business, and reduce operating costs; while improving service levels to your customers! Most large organizations today have made significant investments putting in world-class systems to manage their business; however, they still struggle to leverage this investment…

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Rust-Oleum to Improve Supply Chain Management

By Reveal July 5, 2012 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP by Reveal

Reveal engaged with the world leader in paint and coating supplies Reveal has been selected to engage with Rust-Oleum, a worldwide leader for home and industry paints and coating products, in a comprehensive supply chain optimization project that will drive greater value out of their existing SAP system and make better use of leading SAP®…

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The oVo® Methodology Inspires Culture Change at Blount International

By Reveal September 23, 2011 - Blog by Reveal

Blount’s successful application of Reveal’s ongoing Value optimization® (oVo®) Methodology has inspired a culture change in the way SAP is used for their supply chain operations. Improvements have been made across the entire supply chain in sales forecast planning, production planning, and raw material inventory planning. A new culture of management by exception will continue…

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