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Production & Supply Planning

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Risky Business: Using Spreadsheets for Key Supply Chain Activities

By Ed Elsbury October 8, 2017 - Blog, Demand Planning, Production & Supply Planning, Sales & Operation Planning / IBP, SAP System 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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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain – Part 2 of 3

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

Keeping demand aligned with supply in the modern extended supply chain is growing more and more challenging. Globalization, increasing freight rates, capacity constraints, regulatory pressure and partner collaboration are just a few challenges that need to be constantly addressed to maximize the effectiveness of the supply chain. In this series, we’ve begun to describe the…

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

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

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

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