Supply Chain Management

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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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Imagine: A Frictionless, Connected, Agile Supply Chain.

By Martin Rowan May 29, 2019 - Business Maturity, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Enterprise 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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SAP Project System in an ETO Environment

By Sean Stokke May 9, 2019 - Blog, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

Working with various industries as a planning manager, I have found Engineer to Order (ETO) to be the most complex environment to plan for, and often times the most frustrating. Coming from a Production Planning (PP) background, it is easy to neglect many of the core principles and fundamentals that must be accounted for in…

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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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The Ultimate Inside Look at By-Product/Co-Product

By Eacliffe Stuart January 18, 2019 - Blog, SAP Education, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management 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, the manufacturing…

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

By Jay Freeman August 15, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Jay Freeman

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, 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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Sales Forecasting Deja Vu

By Eacliffe Stuart July 11, 2018 - Blog, Reveal, SAP Global Batch Traceability, Supply Chain Management 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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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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Are We Stepping Over $100 Bills?

By Ed Elsbury April 4, 2018 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization, Value Solutions 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, Supply Chain Management by Phil Franz

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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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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Play Your Position

By Sandi Rubin February 21, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management 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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Buried Treasure in Logistics Information System (LIS)

By Eacliffe Stuart January 31, 2018 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions 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 has 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 Optimization

By Tam Perepa January 24, 2018 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management 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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Lighthouse™: Not Just A KPI Collector

By Rutul Thakkar November 1, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Rutul Thakkar

It is 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®. This solution works runs on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There are a lot of analytical tools that organizations use, but many of…

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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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You Did What!? Best Practices to Align Human Behavior with Business Rules

By Sean Elliffe April 25, 2017 - Blog, 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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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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Is it Easier to Produce a Quality Customer Product or Quality Business Data?

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

By Philip Franz The answer to this question depends on who you talk to in any organization.  Organization 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…

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The Six Ps of the Extended Supply Chain — Part 3 of 3

By Kevin Wilson February 8, 2017 - oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management 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 - Supply Chain Management 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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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain – Part 2 of 3

By Kevin Wilson January 5, 2017 - oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

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, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization 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

October 11, 2016 - oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by

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

October 3, 2016 - Supply Chain Management by

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…

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A Strong Supply Chain is Integral to Effective Brand Management

September 12, 2016 - Supply Chain Management by

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 Kevin Wilson September 1, 2016 - SAP Event Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

by Kevin Wilson 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 discus how we can provide full visibility into the inbound logistics process by leveraging SAP’s Event Management module and…

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How Optimizing Your Supply Chain May Be Harder Than Climbing Everest

By Steven Crooke July 5, 2016 - Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

by Steven Crooke Why I believe optimizing your supply chain may be harder than climbing Mount Everest: Firstly, a disclaimer: I have not climbed Mount Everest myself; I have only read many accounts of people who have successfully achieved this incredible challenge. Their accounts are awe-inspiring. I am a supply chain guy and an SAP guy…

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Gain Control of Your Supply Chain: Eight Points to Ponder

By Kevin Wilson April 18, 2016 - Analytics, SAP Event Management, SAP Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

When it comes to the extended supply chain, it is critical to ensure that any issue that occurs during the process is uncovered in a timely manner. Once an issue has been uncovered, it then becomes critical to take action on it in order to get the process back on track. Without this kind of…

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Why Forecasting Isn’t Enough?

By Martin Rowan November 13, 2015 - Blog, Supply Chain Management 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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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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What is Your Planning and Purchasing Team Focused On?

By Patrice Matthias August 29, 2013 - Blog, Reveal, Supply Chain Management by Patrice Matthias

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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