Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

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Don’t Change Master Data for Execution Variation

By Anna Watson November 19, 2019 - Blog, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), S4/HANA, Supply Chain Planning 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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Who’s on First? Managing Multi-Source Environments

By Kristie Bane November 12, 2019 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Procurement, SAP Best Practices, Supply Chain Management by Kristie Bane

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” – states the proverb of the Spanish or Italian origin.  The meaning, to rely too much on a single resource or effort and to risk everything on a single venture.  This idiom seems quite apropos as it relates to how we might think about mitigating risk…

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Automate Your Processes to Achieve Manufacturing Execution

By Eacliffe Stuart October 8, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Make to Order, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), OTIF, Production Planning, SAP Education, SAP System, Supply Chain Management 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 – One System of Record

By David Carroll September 12, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Forecasting, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management 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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Does Your Master Data Automate Your Warehouse Processes?

By Steve Kinal September 20, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Extended Warehouse Management, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP Education, SAP System, SAP User Experience, Stocking Strategy, Supply Chain Management 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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Using the Power of MRP

By David Carroll July 22, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management 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 MRP runs, it touches everything — materials, BOM,…

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Understanding the Power of Exception Monitoring

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP User Experience 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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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, Material Requirements Planning (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 many…

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

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices by Kelly Kuhlman

Integration: The supply chain is one of the most critical processes within an organization and it demands that all systems and processes always remain linked. Using multiple personal information systems prevent an organization from becoming fully integrated. Tracking the details of business performance through a series of spreadsheets can quickly morph into a complex patchwork…

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Evolution of Integrated Business Solutions Through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 5, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, ERP System, Material Requirements Planning (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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You Did What!? Best Practices to Align Human Behavior with Business Rules

By Sean Elliffe April 25, 2017 - Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Sean Elliffe

MRP, Master Data, and Exception Management Last week I presented the Reveal April 2017 online seminar with the same title as this blog. It followed the theme from my previous blog “Surviving Supply Chain Optimization – Intelligent Demand Segmentation is a key dynamic”. I say that because both subjects aim to drive home the point…

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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 - ERP System, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management by Reveal

Have you ever been told to do one thing and know you should do the exact opposite? It happens to me all the time. 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…

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