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5 Steps Organizations Must Take to Reap the Full Benefits of a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

By Ed Elsbury June 21, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Demand Planning, Digital Supply Chain, MRP, OTIF, SAP Best Practices 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…

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A Comprehensive Framework for Delivering Change

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Digital Supply Chain, ERP System, SAP Best Practices, Supply Chain Management 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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Evolution of Integrated Business Solutions Through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 5, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, ERP System, MRP, Value Optimization 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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Supply Chain Strategy – Proactive or Reactive?

By Ed Elsbury March 6, 2019 - Asset Management, Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management 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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Changing Lives, One Supply Chain at a Time

By Steven Crooke December 19, 2018 - Blog, Business Maturity, Change Management, Giving Back, Reveal, Supply Chain Management 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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#1 Reason Why Companies Struggle to Become World-Class

By Martin Rowan November 15, 2018 - Blog, Business Maturity, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management 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, Change Management, Supply Chain Management 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, Change Management, Events, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization 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…

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The Value of Accurate Data

By Stephen Smith October 17, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Steven Smith

SAP is an incredibly powerful tool with organizations investing significant time and money to implement SAP. So why then do so many companies that run SAP do so much outside of SAP? Inevitably they think SAP functionality is wrong or under-delivering so they start using spreadsheets without realizing that SAP is a wonderfully designed system…

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Creating Innovation in Supply Chain Management

By Philip Franz September 19, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Value Solutions by Phil Franz

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, Change Management, Supply Chain Management 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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Demand, Integration, and Education

By Udo Bunger August 22, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management 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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Global Process Aligned Team Organization

By Sandra Rubin August 2, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions 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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Justification for Inventory

By Sammy Ngum May 17, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Solutions 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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Coffee, Helicopters, and Inventory Management

By Sean Elliffe March 7, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions 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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Stocking Strategy is the Door to Supply Chain Optimization

By Reveal January 24, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Stocking Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Value 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 stocking strategy because much of the attention is drawn to the critical items that are in immediate demand and inevitably not available on shelf thus impacting critical production or maintenance operations….

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In Search of the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy Part II

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog, Change Management by Phil Franz

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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Change Management … Why is it so hard to change?

By Philip Franz July 19, 2017 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Phil Franz

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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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

By Steven Crooke May 23, 2017 - Analytics, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization, Value Solutions 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 - Analytics, Brand, Change Management, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization 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 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization by Patrice Matthias

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 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization 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 - Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Reveal by David Carroll

Extended Supply Chains have the following 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?…

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Is it Easier to Produce a Quality Customer Product or Quality Business Data?

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

The answer to this question depends on who you talk to in any organization.  Organizations employ many people whose job responsibility is to provide research and development, product engineering, manufacturing, quality, and logistics. The focus of all of these roles are to ensure a quality product to the customer.  Unfortunately, few companies understand how to…

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The Seven Most Expensive Words in Business

By Martin Rowan December 19, 2016 - Change Management 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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What Solutions Does SAP ERP Offer to Cover the Extended Supply Chain?

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

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

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