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SAP Extends Business Suite 7 Maintenance Support

By Ed Elsbury February 6, 2020 - Business Solutions, SAP S/4HANA Migration, SAP System by Ed Elsbury

What Does This Mean for You? On February 4, 2020, SAP announced a maintenance commitment for SAP S/4HANA until the end of 2040. S/4HANA enables organizations the ability to take advantage of digital capabilities including greater levels of automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. It is the platform to help organizations improve customer and…

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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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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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Join Reveal at Supply Chain Optimization

August 25, 2016 - Blog by Anna Watson

Reveal is proud to announce that our top SAP experts will be presenting at SAPinsider’s Supply Chain Optimization events, taking place in Orlando and Chicago in the last quarter of 2016:

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

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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Play Your Position

By Sandi Rubin February 21, 2018 - Blog by Sandra

This is an old adage that I have believed in when dealing with complex situations. I leverage this as part of a team when we are working with a client, optimizing their Supply Chain. Optimizing is about leveraging existing People, Process and Technology to their fullest capability/ability and to be successful everyone must “play their…

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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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Changing Lives, One Supply Chain at a Time

By Steven Crooke December 19, 2018 - Blog by Steven Crooke

Reveal promotes the phrase “Changing lives, One Supply Chain At a time.”  We turned these words into a core belief just less than 5 years ago in recognition that true change is really about the people, not about the technology. Truthfully, that might be over-simplifying the matter. We all understand that in today’s world, anything…

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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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#1 Reason Why Companies Struggle to Become World-Class

By Martin Rowan November 15, 2018 - Blog by Martin Rowan

The Lack of Alignment Between Strategy and Execution Recently Gartner commented at a conference that, if organizations want to be or remain world-class, they need to consider spending 8 times more on execution than they spend on innovation. What?! Just yesterday everyone was saying ~ “innovate or die”. The context to the statement was not…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), Logic and the Expert System

By Sammy Ngum November 7, 2018 - Blog, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System by Sammy Ngum

This article introduces the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and knowledge-based systems in a world where AI is now the buzzword. In doing so, this first part of the article looks at AI’s historical origin. In a subsequent article, the generic architecture that embraces such systems and a reasoning strategy based on fuzzy logic concepts…

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The Intelligent Enterprise and Change

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2018 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

Value from Transformational Change Being business and people-focused ensures sustainable change that drives organizational transformation As we enter the age of intelligent enterprises the requirement for effective change that drives organizational transformation becomes a strategic imperative. So, in this sense, what then is change management? It is a process of creating an enabling environment within…

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The Need For Effective Management of The Supply Chain

By Wayne Thomas October 10, 2018 - Blog by Wayne Thomas

In my many years of working in various industry sectors, I have seen different organizational structures and heard differing opinions of what a Supply Chain is and what the role of the Supply Chain Manager is. In this article, I want to share with you the insight I have formed about what a Supply Chain…

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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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Good Habits Can Be Applied to Your Supply Chain, Too!

By Ed Elsbury September 5, 2018 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Tom Corley is an internationally recognized authority on habits and wealth creation. Tom conducted a five-year study of the rich and poor and identified over 300 daily habits that separate the “haves” from the “have not’s. Tom’s studies found that 40% or more of all of our daily activities are habits. Habits are unconscious behaviors,…

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Do You Know What Exception Monitoring Is?

By David Carroll August 29, 2018 - Blog by David Carroll

Most companies do not use Exception Monitoring or even know what it is. There is always someone who will put their hand up and say, “I know what it is” but the truth of the matter is, they really don’t.  In 8 years and all the companies I have worked with, I rarely come across…

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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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What Is Success, If Not for Connection…

By Martin Rowan August 15, 2018 - Blog by Martin Rowan

I am humbled and amazed at how we humans need each other. Yet we still hear how our abilities, our courage, our drive, our “go it alone” attitude will help us achieve our goals and ultimately make us successful. In an increasingly connected world, we seem to be disconnected more now than ever. Yet, human…

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Training vs. Education – What’s the Difference, Anyways?

By Jay Freeman August 15, 2018 - Blog, Business Solutions, SAP System by Ed Elsbury

Many people use the words “training” and “education” interchangeably.  While in some cases this may be appropriate, the reality is there are nuanced differences.  As defined by Wikipedia: Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Training is teaching or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. The differences become more pronounced…

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Global Process Aligned Team Organization

By Sandra Rubin August 2, 2018 - Blog by Sandra

How many times has it been announced that your company is going to partake in a new “global” project during the fiscal year – after the budget has already been set, after personal and department goals have been established and communicated, and resource plans have been completed and approved? I can assure you, the answer…

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A Macro Trend for How We Manage the Supply Chain

By Steven Crooke July 25, 2018 - Blog by Steven Crooke

What Does Globalization Entail for the Modern Supply Chain? Before we had the luxury of exchanging information at the pace we do today, we relied on discussions by telephones, letters or memos. International transportation was limited to ships and local transportation moved at a snail’s pace. The business was localized and large companies were siloed….

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Sales Forecasting Deja Vu

By Eacliffe Stuart July 11, 2018 - Blog by Eacliffe Stuart

Have You Experienced Forecasting Déjà Vu? My client is describing the challenges experienced when Sales Forecasting inaccuracy is being blamed for inventory issues and availability date (ATP). After so many years in the field, why do I still feel this is a commonly experienced issue within the industry? Seasoned professionals will agree that in order to…

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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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Justification for Inventory

By Sammy Ngum May 17, 2018 - Blog by Sammy Ngum

Inventory management continues to be a contentious issue in organizations due to the costs (storage and holding) often tied to excess or shortages in inventory. Excess inventory is often symptomatic of inherent problems in the manufacturing and/or procurement processes. Shortages, on the other hand, result in missed sales, reduced customer loyalty and the inability to…

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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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Leadership and Change Management

By Wayne Thomas April 25, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, SAP System by Wayne Thomas

Have you ever wondered why organizations appear to have Change Management programs that are separate from Leadership programs? I have! In my own experience with these programs, I have noticed that change is a constant theme … and Leaders are always in the midst of it in their organization or project. This change that Leaders…

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Thank You, Keep the Change

By David Morin April 18, 2018 - Blog by David Morin

I heard this expression the other day and I could not help but think how that expression has changed over the years.  First and foremost, who pays with cash anymore, and secondly who even carries cash? This world over the last several years has changed so significantly from how we pay for goods and services…

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Are We Stepping Over $100 Bills?

By Ed Elsbury April 4, 2018 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

“70% of profitability can be tied to the performance of an organization’s supply chain”. The statement made by an academic keynote speaker at a recent supply chain conference. A Deloitte survey noted, “79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve revenue growth greater than the average within their industries. Conversely, just 8% of businesses with…

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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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Standard SAP Capacity Planning Reports

By David Carroll March 14, 2018 - Blog, Demand Planning, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning by David Carroll

Standard SAP ECC Capacity Planning Reports What a Load of Rubbish? Or that they can’t help. Their ugly old and should have died with the dinosaurs. There is a general fundamental lack of understanding of Capacity Planning and how its role is core to achieving the greater plan. Businesses seem not to understand that without…

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Coffee, Helicopters, and Inventory Management

By Sean Elliffe March 7, 2018 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

A Day in the Life of an Off-Shore Materials Coordinator Todd Jenkins arrived at the Pearcy Shore Base outside Aberdeen at around 5:30 am. Fifty minutes earlier, having downed the last of his Java deep roast coffee, he said goodbye to his wife of 22 years, Janet. Both were now accustomed to the 28-day rotation…

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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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Buried Treasure in Logistics Information System (LIS)

By Eacliffe Stuart January 31, 2018 - Blog by Eacliffe Stuart

As a long time, SAP practitioner (20+ years) with lots of experience in the Logistics Information System (LIS) space, I am astonished and shocked at the optimization opportunities that have been revealed to me by Reveal using Logistics Information System (LIS) data. I am calling this epiphany “Buried Treasure” given that very few companies are aware…

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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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A Motto To Live By

By Martin Rowan January 16, 2018 - Blog by Martin Rowan

I had the pleasure of having dinner with Chris Bertish this year. Chris successfully completed a solo, unassisted and unaided crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard. A custom-built 20 ft stand-up paddle craft helped him cross the Atlantic Ocean on a journey of 4,600 miles starting in Morocco, Africa and ending in Antigua, Caribbean. The story…

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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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Critical Thinking to Prepare for What’s Ahead

By Ed Elsbury December 20, 2017 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Our team was recently conducting a Wellness Assessment for a client that is looking to double their revenue over next 5 years. A key component of realizing this objective is pursuing new markets which will require their supply chain to be more agile and responsive to market changes. Part of the assessment highlighted the need…

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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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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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The Ugly, Old and They Should Have Died with the Dinosaurs

By David Carroll November 15, 2017 - Blog by David Carroll

Why do companies see the Standard ECC capacity planning reports, you know CM01,04,05 etc. and think, what a load of rubbish? Or reports can’t help us. They’re ugly, old and should have died with the dinosaurs. There is a general fundamental lack of understanding of capacity planning and how its role is core to achieving the greater plan….

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Lighthouse™: Not Just A KPI Collector

By Rutul Thakkar November 1, 2017 - Blog by Rutul Thakkar

There’s An Old Saying, “What Gets Measured, Gets Done.” Lighthouse™ is a critical analytical solution specifically developed to complement the oVo® Methodology Reveal uses as part of their approach toward Business Maturity®. These solution works run on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There are a lot of analytical tools that organizations use, but many of them…

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Lost in a Sea of Spreadsheets?

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2017 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

Steps to Ensure Decisions and SC Optimization Activities Are Based upon Timely, Accurate, and Complete Data   I have worked with multinational organizations on SCM Optimization initiatives for many years and am still amazed at how often senior management makes allowances to keep and manage critical data outside of the ERP system in … you…

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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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Risky Business: Using Spreadsheets for Key Supply Chain Activities

By Ed Elsbury October 8, 2017 - Business Solutions, SAP System, Supply Chain Optimization by Ed Elsbury

Are You Aware of One of the Biggest Risks to Your Business? Spreadsheets are 100% risky business when it comes to supply chain Demand Planning, S&OP, Materials Replenishment, and Value Chain Collaboration. “We pull the information from our SAP system and put it into a spreadsheet. After we are done working with the information and…

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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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EDI Maturity and the Supply Chain

By Rutul Thakkar October 8, 2017 - Blog by Rutul Thakkar

What is EDI Maturity?  How does EDI capability relate to the Supply Chain? Before we get into those questions, let me tell you a story.  I have a three, soon to be a four-year-old daughter.  Like any other kid, she loves her sugar – chocolates, ice cream, cake, etc.  When she was young she would…

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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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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

By Steven Crooke May 23, 2017 - Blog by Steven Crooke

I was sitting with a client this last week and we were talking about SAP’s roadmap to S/4HANA.  We were trying to align it with the client’s IT strategy and Reveal’s recommendations for their Supply Chain initiatives.  This was a lively discussion with just a little bit of tension about how they were going to…

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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

By Steven Crooke May 23, 2017 - Blog by Steven Crooke

I was sitting with a client this last week and we were talking about SAP’s roadmap to S/4HANA.  We were trying to align it with the client’s IT strategy and Reveal’s recommendations for their Supply Chain initiatives.  This was a lively discussion with just a little bit of tension about how they were going to…

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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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Implementation Consultants vs. Trusted Advisors

By Martin Rowan April 12, 2017 - Blog by Martin Rowan

Being a father whose daughter is a freshman in college, I understand the importance of a good education.  More importantly, I also understand it goes beyond textbook smarts.  To bring true value to herself, her future family and the organization she may work for, she will need to apply the education she has received in…

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10 Best Practices to Gain Immediate, Actionable Insight into Your Extended Supply Chain

By Kevin Wilson August 7, 2017 - Blog by David Carroll

Extended Supply Chains Characteristics Multiple geographies – Where do your customers and partners reside? Multiple languages and currencies Multiple systems – SAP, EDI, Website, portals, … Multiple partners – Carriers, freight forwarders, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors Varying regulations and compliance requirements – What’s needed to ensure we conduct business legally across the globe? Various physical events…

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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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Join Reveal at Logistics & SCM 2017 in Orlando

January 16, 2017 - Blog by

Reveal is pleased to announce that our supply chain management industry experts will be speaking at Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2017, taking place March 6-8, 2017, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.  

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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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The Seven Most Expensive Words in Business

By Martin Rowan December 19, 2016 - Blog by Martin Rowan

In our line of business, we often hear, “We are successful despite ourselves” – words that imply the organization is making money, growing and ensuring is delivered to its customers in spite of the internal efforts, stress, anxiety, cost, frustration and manual intervention to achieve it. The result of realizing this folly is typically a…

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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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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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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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Surviving Supply Chain Optimization: Intelligent Demand Segmentation Is Key

By Sean Elliffe October 17, 2016 - Blog, Business Solutions, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP System 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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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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Why Education Is Key to SAP Optimization

By Ed Elsbury October 3, 2016 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP System, Supply Chain Optimization by Ed Elsbury

Recently, I overheard my daughter’s soccer coach instructing the team on when to use certain tactical skills to move the ball upfield. He used two different scenarios to make his point. The first scenario entailed having the ball on the run in the open field and going up against one defender. The second scenario was…

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Hear Reveal Present at CSCMP’s 2016 Annual Conference

September 22, 2016 - Blog by

Reveal will speak at CSCMP’s 2016 Annual Conference, taking place Sept. 25-28, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. Martin Rowan, senior partner at Reveal, and Steve Boebel, vice president of finance, Minuteman International, will present an educational session at the annual supply chain management event. On Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, the two executives will present “Transforming your supply chain? Start…

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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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A Strong Supply Chain is Integral to Effective Brand Management

September 12, 2016 - Blog by Anna Watson

by Lisa Roberts Too often supply chain-based organizations operate in siloed environments. At Reveal, we see it frequently — procurement does not communicate effectively with production; production does not communicate effectively with warehousing; warehousing does not communicate effectively with distribution; distribution does not communicate effectively with customer service; sales does not communicate effectively with any of…

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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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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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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Why is Accurate Data So Critical in SAP?

By Patrice Matthias June 27, 2016 - Blog, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Implementation by Kelly Kuhlman

In my experience, SAP is an incredibly powerful tool, and any organization that invests so much time and money to implement SAP should feel the same. So why then do so many companies that run SAP do so much outside of SAP? Thats why Accurate Data is a must to ensure your SAP system will…

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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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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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Meet Reveal at SCM 2016: Plan Your Schedule

March 15, 2016 - Blog by

If you are heading to Las Vegas to participate in the Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016 Conference, taking place March 21-23, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, be certain to interact with Reveal. Take advantage of the array of educational sessions, both pre-conference workshops and conference sessions,…

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Meet Reveal at SCM 2016, March 21-23, in Las Vegas

February 24, 2016 - Blog by

Get the most out of your time in Vegas: Meet Reveal at SCM 2016 Join Reveal at Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016 Conference, taking place March 21-23, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Take advantage of the array of educational sessions led by Reveal’s supply chain experts…

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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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Join Reveal in Texas: Best Practices for Chemicals 2016

February 8, 2016 - Blog by

Reveal will be exhibiting and presenting at this industry-leading event Best Practices for Chemicals, taking place March 14-16, 2016, in The Woodlands, Texas, is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three days…

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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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Join Reveal in Las Vegas at HANA 2016

December 30, 2015 - Blog by

Reveal is proud to announce that Thought Leader Jim Cameron be presenting at HANA 2016, taking place Feb. 16-19, 2016, at the Wynn Las Vegas. Join us at the definitive conference for organizations evaluating, implementing and optimizing SAP HANA® for big data and real-time analytics. Reveal’s collaboration with event organizer SAPinsider has made it possible…

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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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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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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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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, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP, Supply Chain Optimization 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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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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20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Companies

By Martin Rowan December 18, 2013 - Blog, Business Solutions, ERP Systems, SAP System by Martin Rowan

CIO Review Magazine has listed Reveal as one of the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Consulting Companies! CIO Review is a technology magazine that talks about the enterprise solutions that can redefine the business goals of enterprises tomorrow. It is the leading source that shares innovative enterprise solutions developed by established solutions providers, upcoming hot enterprises…

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Reveal’s December Webinar Series: Thought Leadership Outlook – What’s Next!

December 3, 2013 - Blog by

Reveal invites you to join our upcoming December webinar series, Thought Leadership Outlook – What’s Next! On Tuesday, December 10 from 11AM – 12PM, Reveal Thought Leader Joseph Grobler will discuss Basic Techniques that make global supply chains more effective. As supply chains are stretched globally with manufacturing on different continents and consumers stretching across the…

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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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Reveal Production Functionality Webinar Series

By David Carroll October 4, 2013 - Blog by David Carroll

Join Reveal on Tuesday Webinars during the month of October 2013.  The topic is Production.  If you struggle with using the Production functionality in standard SAP these sessions are a good place to start exploring the power of standard SAP.  This Webinar series will walk through the process of setting up value streams and then…

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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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