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Automate Your Processes to Achieve Manufacturing Execution

By Eacliffe Stuart October 8, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Make to Order, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), OTIF, Production Planning, SAP Education, SAP System, Supply Chain Management by Eacliffe Stuart

What does an enterprise gain by having precise production planning & production execution information in SAP? This is one of the many key questions when trying to achieve 100% customer service levels with the caveat to possess as little inventory as possible. A Make to Order (MTO) planning strategy would satisfy this goal if it…

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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 – Let SAP Do the Heavy Lifting

By Sean Stokke October 1, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Master Data, Production Planning, SAP Best Practices, SAP System, Supply Chain Management by Sean Stokke

In this series of manufacturing execution, we will start to look into some of the pitfalls of the production planning process. Furthermore, how utilizing SAP as the sole source of information, or one system of record, as we like to say, serves to drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Imagine if you could harness the power…

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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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Featuring What Is Possible by 2025 – Getting over the Hill

By Sean Elliffe September 24, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, ERP System, oVo® Methodology, S4/HANA, SAP Best Practices, SAP System, Supply Chain Management by Sean Elliffe

In the digital age, staying competitive requires speed, responsiveness, and innovation, all key drivers of the SAP S/4HANA solution. The impending 2025 deadline, when SAP will end support for ECC6 and by which time all SAP customers should be on S/4HANA, has two possible journeys: The first and most sought after is that all current…

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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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Getting Ready to Step into the Faster World of S/4HANA

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, S4/HANA, SAP Best Practices by David Carroll

There are many reasons why it is important to manage by exception. Some include reliance on a single record of truth, full integration throughout the supply chain, greater efficiencies in process and implementation, balanced achievement of supply and demand, improved customer service, and far greater cost efficiencies. Yet there is one more urgent reason to…

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Using the Power of MRP

By David Carroll July 22, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management by David Carroll

Understanding, and using the power of MRP has many benefits and can help your organizations supply chain greatly. Setting off on the path from imbalance and inefficiency to balanced integration requires recognizing that data and material requirements planning (MRP) are the glue that holds everything together. As MRP runs, it touches everything — materials, BOM,…

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Understanding the Power of Exception Monitoring

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices, SAP User Experience by David Carroll

One way to think of exception monitoring is that it is a catalyst for change, letting you know what processes are out of balance and identifying where your energies need to be expended. The goal of understanding the power of exception monitoring is end-to-end supply chain integration. From sales and operations planning through demand management,…

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Can You Hear SAP Speak?  What Exactly is Exception Monitoring?

By David Carroll July 9, 2019 - Blog, Exception Monitoring, Master Data by David Carroll

Exception monitoring is SAP’s way of showing you where your supply chain imbalances are.  It’s a very simple method that works extremely well, but only works if everybody who uses SAP has their data set up correctly, trusts the data implicitly, and behaves correctly while analyzing the outputs of the data. Exception monitoring is such…

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5 Steps Organizations Must Take to Reap the Full Benefits of a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

By Ed Elsbury June 21, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Demand Planning, Digital Supply Chain, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), OTIF, SAP Best Practices by Ed Elsbury

There is a natural progression to reap the full benefits of a supply chain that is demand driven, and it starts with optimizing the performance of your people, processes and SAP.  Is everyone working from one system of record and viewing the same set of information to make decisions? Or, are spreadsheets being utilized in…

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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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Core Building Blocks to Consider in Debate over ERP vs. Personal Information Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Master Data, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), SAP Best Practices by Kelly Kuhlman

Integration: The supply chain is one of the most critical processes within an organization and it demands that all systems and processes always remain linked. Using multiple personal information systems prevent an organization from becoming fully integrated. Tracking the details of business performance through a series of spreadsheets can quickly morph into a complex patchwork…

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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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Evolution of Integrated Business Solutions Through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

By Wayne Thomas June 5, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, ERP System, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Value Optimization by Wayne Thomas

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) began in the 1960s with efforts at planning and scheduling materials for complex manufactured goods. In the 1970s, expensive and clunky MRP solutions began to take shape. In 1972, five engineers in Mannheim, Germany started SAP Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung) with the purpose of producing and selling software to drive integrated business…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Make to Stock or Make to Order?

By Reveal June 5, 2019 - Blog, Demand Planning, Digital Supply Chain, Forecasting, Make to Order, Make to Stock by Reveal

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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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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Become an Intelligent Enterprise and Turn Your Digital Investment into a Competitive Advantage

By Martin Rowan May 29, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Enterprise by Martin Rowan

SAP research shows that 72% of CEOs believe that impending technological changes over the next 3 years will have more impact for their industries than the last 50 years combined. Only 5%, however, have been able to turn “digital” into a competitive advantage. Our research has shown there are 9 fundamentals that hold organizations back…

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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, 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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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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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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Marketing in the Recruiting World!

By Doreen Needham & Mark Sheetz February 7, 2018 - Blog, Brand by Reveal

Recruiting today has become more of a marketing job for us at Reveal because we hire such a unique skill set that old recruiting techniques are just not relevant anymore. We are constantly seeking ways to reach the passive candidates with the perfect technical skills, business background, consulting experience, and most importantly finding someone who…

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SAP Continues Accelerated Innovation of SAP IBP with Their Q4 Version 1711 Release

By Jim Cameron December 6, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (SAP IBP) solution is a cloud-based real-time supply chain planning solution powered by SAP Hana in-memory technology.  SAP IBP is one of SAP’s best examples of continuous innovation delivery of cloud-based solutions with quarterly releases that cover: Supply Chain Control Tower for end to end visualization of your entire supply chain;…

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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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If Forecasts are Wrong – Why do we Need Them?

By Patrice Matthias November 29, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

The one thing we know for sure is a forecast can be wrong, so then why are they so important?  Supply chains thrive on data, in this case, demand.  Rules in SAP (or any ERP system) are designed to align supply to demand.  The tricky part of the supply chain is having the right product…

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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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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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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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Transforming What Matters: Living the Reveal Brand

By Martin Rowan April 25, 2016 - Brand by Kelly Kuhlman

“Transforming What Matters” is more than Reveal’s tagline — not merely a clever sequence of words, but a notion that took a lot of thought and described our inner belief. It describes what we love doing — helping companies change for the better; it describes how we do it — we assess, we transform and we…

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Maintenance Organization Excellence

May 5, 2014 - Events by Reveal

Maintenance Organization Excellence Reveal’s John Bassi will cover 4 webinar sessions throughout the month of May, regarding the topic of Maintenance Organization Excellence. Each session will begin at 11AM CST every Tuesday in May. The sessions will cover:   1. Using core SAP R3 functionality to gain control of your maintenance planning and execution Do your…

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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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Using Standard Reports to Improve Planned Maintenance

November 21, 2013 - Events, Webinars by Reveal

Rounding off the Maintenance Organization Excellence webinar series, we will follow through to look at some of the LIS reporting tools that help us evaluate our maintenance activity. With processes in place to capture all of the maintenance activity, as well as damage codes, see how this information can be used to drive further process…

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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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