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

By Reveal June 5, 2019 - Blog 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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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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How Do Rules and Behaviors Affect Change Management?

By Pete Kovac December 12, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

In life, we have rules set up to guide different processes. There are rules for driving, rules for paying your bills online and there are rules that we set for our kids. Each one of these rules can be in three different states; they can either be followed, bent, or broken. We’ve all seen the…

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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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Did You Just Call My Baby … UGLY?

By Debby Flora August 8, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

There I was, entering the office of the Customer Service manager (we’ll call her Maria because, well, that’s her name) at a new client when a framed picture on her wall caught my eye. It read: DID YOU JUST CALL MY BABY…UGLY? It reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where the gang learned that it’s…

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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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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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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 Optimization

By Reveal January 24, 2018 - Blog 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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The Wellness Experience

By Pete Kovac January 17, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

We all dread going to the doctor for that first wellness checkup of the year. Typically it comes at the start of a new year; after all the holiday goodies we’ve consumed, lack of exercise and sleep, not to mention year-end stress. Some of us put off that check-up for months or even years. The…

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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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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

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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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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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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Leveraging Standard SAP and EDI to Achieve the Perfect PO

By Reveal June 2, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

In late June, I will be talking on this topic at the SAP Insider Supply Chain Management conference to be held in Vienna, Austria. I thought I would just share a few highlights before we get into the details at the conference. The topics I will cover in the talk include the following: Techniques to…

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Do you know whether you are keeping your OTIF customer promise?

By Reveal May 23, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

A customer, placing an order for a product to a manufacturer or distributor, expects a certain service level for that order. In short, the customer typically expects the order to be fulfilled with the correct product, to the correct location, on the promised date and for the correct quantity. These four attributes of an order serve…

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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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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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Inventory Optimization SAP Best Practices – Webinar Series

February 24, 2014 - Blog by Reveal

Throughout March, Reveal’s weekly webinar series will cover Inventory Optimization Best Practices. Each Tuesday starting March 4th through to March 25th, join Jim Schwarz and get all of your Inventory Optimization questions answered! Session’s will focus on the following: What is your Planning and Purchasing Team focused on? Date/Time: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:00…

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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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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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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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