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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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New Product Development (NPD) and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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