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Manufacturing Execution – Challenges and Insights in Connected Environments

By Sammy Ngum October 1, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), SAP Best Practices, SAP Global Batch Traceability, SAP System, Value Optimization by Sammy Ngum

Real-time availability of production data and information is increasingly becoming critical in a modern-day connected manufacturing environment. ERP systems like SAP provide the backbone of tools that IT organizations use to model manufacturing processes. An optimized environment allows these organizations to model in detail, their products and processes providing seamless data flow across their internal…

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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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What Is the Problem with Dueling Sources of Truth?

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Value Solutions 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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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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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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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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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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A Macro Trend for How We Manage the Supply Chain

By Steven Crooke July 25, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Steven Crooke

What Does Globalization Entail for the Modern Supply Chain? Before we had the luxury of exchanging information at the pace we do today, we relied on discussions by telephones, letters or memos. International transportation was limited to ships and local transportation moved at a snail’s pace. Business was localized and large companies were siloed. This…

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Sales Forecasting Deja Vu

By Eacliffe Stuart July 11, 2018 - Blog, 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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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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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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Old Paradigms Inhibit New Decisions

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

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

By Reveal March 27, 2017 - Analytics, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, 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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Top Five Things to Consider Before Building an App

By Dara Soumgit September 20, 2016 - Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

by Dara Soumgit Small to medium businesses now are incorporating web apps into their business strategies to increase their sales and help boost employees’ productivity. However, lack of planning can lead to diminished profitability and decreased utility if the app is poorly conceived and does not work well. Before building an app, it is important for…

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SAP Track and Trace Solution — Part 2: Inbound Logistics

By Reveal September 1, 2016 - SAP Event Management, SAP Global Batch Traceability, SAP Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Solutions by Reveal

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 EDI carrier status…

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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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What Does SAP Global Batch Traceability Brings to the Table

By Kevin Wilson December 28, 2015 - SAP Global Batch Traceability by Kelly Kuhlman

Industries that have a requirement to track their product movements via batches, whether it is legislated or based on a need for mature supply chain economics, find it difficult to perform these tasks in an efficient manner. Why the inefficiency? They battle to track batches, serial numbers or handling units/packages across the various disparate systems…

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SAP Track and Trace Solution – Part 1: Outbound Logistics

By Reveal November 30, 2015 - Blog, SAP Best Practices, SAP Education, SAP Global Batch Traceability, SAP Transportation Management by Reveal

Most organizations deal with the shipment of goods into and out of their premises — in other words, inbound and outbound logistics. With the increasing demand for a better customer experience, it is a challenge to provide a high level of customer service when parts of your supply chain fall somewhat outside of your “sphere of influence.” Sure, through…

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SAP Process Observer and Event Management

By Kevin Wilson November 15, 2015 - SAP Event Management, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

by Kevin Wilson SAP Process Observer for Built-In Processes (POB) allows organizations to monitor and optimize core processes based on SAP Business Suite’s built-in business object events. It’s been around quite a while — since 2011, I believe. The functionality it provides is somewhat close to SAP Event Management (EM), but there are major differences…

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SAP Event Management Use Cases — Part 2

By Kevin Wilson November 5, 2015 - SAP Event Management, Value Solutions by Kelly Kuhlman

by Kevin Wilson In the first article on use cases for SAP Event Management (EM), I took you through some of the use cases for SAP Transportation Management (TM), Global Trade Services (GTS) and Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC), as well as the highly popular Track and Trace where folks simply want to know from their carriers or freight forwarders…

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