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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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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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My First Reveal Give-Back

By Debby Flora January 2, 2019 - Blog, Culture, Giving Back by Reveal

Something that sets Reveal apart from most other companies I know is not only how folks here promote volunteering time for charitable causes, but the fact that so many people here actually do so and on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I spend more time this time of the year than any other feeling…

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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, 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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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 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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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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An Exchange of Promises

By Gerald Cassioppi May 30, 2018 - Blog, Brand, Supply Chain Management by Gerald Cassioppi

Have you ever wondered what makes a business contract tick? How do organizations determine what to put in them—and what should stay out? Unless you are exposed to this area of business, you may not be able to recognize the in’s and outs of a binding contract. While the word ‘contract’ may seem daunting, a…

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Learning from The Best

By Finus Rascoe February 28, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology by Reveal

Working with Reveal the past 6 months has been a favorable opportunity, not only do I gain new knowledge related to my skillset, but the overall experience, culture, and the values they live by are remarkable. One of the many reasons why I joined this organization was I heard that Reveal had an oVo® Methodology,…

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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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A Motto To Live By

By Martin Rowan January 16, 2018 - Blog, Giving Back by Martin Rowan

I had the pleasure of having dinner with Chris Bertish this year. Chris successfully completed a solo, unassisted and unaided crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard. A custom-built 20 ft stand-up paddle craft helped him cross the Atlantic Ocean on a journey of 4,600 miles starting in Morocco, Africa and ending in Antigua, Caribbean. The story…

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Lost in a sea of spreadsheets?

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2017 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

Steps to ensure decisions and SC Optimization activities are based upon timely, accurate, and complete data I have worked with multinational organizations on SCM Optimization initiatives for many years and am still amazed how often senior management makes allowances to keep and manage critical data outside of the ERP system in … you guessed it, spreadsheets!…

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Discover and learn the practicalities of Supply Chain Optimization

By Reveal October 8, 2017 - Events by Reveal

The Hands-on Education Seminar at SCM Optimization Bootcamp 2.0 December 4-6, 2017, LondonHouse, Chicago This unique learning experience you will not find anywhere else. The informative three-day SCM Optimization Bootcamp event will showcase a full slate of sessions that offer expert supply chain management advice on how to minimize inventory levels, improve service performance, reduce stock-outs with…

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Risky Business: Using Spreadsheets for Key Supply Chain Activities

By Ed Elsbury October 8, 2017 - Blog 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 putting…

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It’s All About the Numbers … Or is it?

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog by Phil Franz

Using Strategic and Operational Metrics to Effectively Obtain Business Results If you can’t measure it, you cannot improve it An old adage, right?  Who can argue with a quantitative approach to identifying and solving business problems?  After all, numbers don’t lie, but they also don’t tell the whole truth about business performance.  Before you stop…

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How Social is your Extended Supply Chain?

By Jim Cameron October 8, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

Today’s supply chain runs at the speed of now and generates massive amounts of data and events that need to be processed, routed, and shared near real-time across all stakeholders within your company, partners, and customers. In this day and age Supply chain participants are always online, always connected and using mobile devices to stay connected while…

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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Reveal has been listed as one of the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Companies

By Martin Rowan December 18, 2013 - Awards and Recognition, Newsroom 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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Reveal’s December Webinar Series: Thought Leadership Outlook – What’s Next!

December 3, 2013 - Events by

Reveal invites you to join our upcoming December webinar series, Thought Leadership Outlook – What’s Next! On Tuesday, December 10 from 11AM – 12PM, Reveal Thought Leader Joseph Grobler will discuss Basic Techniques that make global supply chains more effective. As supply chains are stretched globally with manufacturing on different continents and consumers stretching across the…

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The Evolution of Maintenance Planning – Why Information Systems have become pivotal in driving successful Maintenance Strategies

November 4, 2013 - Events by

Reveal’s November Webinar Series, Maintenance Optimization Excellence, begins tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5th at 11AM CST. 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 too has the…

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Supply Chain Bootcamp, Las Vegas

October 9, 2013 - Events by Reveal

Find out why 100% of Supply Chain Bootcamp attendees in Chicago, IL recommend and approve of this seminar! The Supply Chain Bootcamp seminar is the only seminar for teams that optimize and improve supply chain management processes using the standard SAP systems already in place. Through interactive lectures and demonstrations you will: *Walk through proven…

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Reveal Production Functionality Webinar Series

By David Carroll October 4, 2013 - Events by David Carroll

Join Reveal on Tuesday Webinars during the month of October 2013.  The topic is Production.  If you struggle with using the Production functionality in standard SAP these sessions are a good place to start exploring the power of standard SAP.  This Webinar series will walk through the process of setting up value streams and then…

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What is Your Planning and Purchasing Team Focused On?

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

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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Find out why your ERP solution is letting your customers down!

By Reveal August 22, 2013 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

  Learn strategies used by Senior Executives that we have worked with from Rust-Oleum and Hu-Friedy that will uncover how to scale your business, and reduce operating costs; while improving service levels to your customers! Most large organizations today have made significant investments putting in world-class systems to manage their business; however, they still struggle to leverage this investment…

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