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Creating Change, Improving Outcomes

By Steven Crooke November 14, 2019 - Blog, Change Management, Reveal, Supply Chain Management by Steven Crooke

Since 1989, I have been executing projects – always using the paradigm of people, process and technology to frame the activities and outcomes of the project charter.  The success and/or failure of each initiative has been measured according to specific project activities under each of these components. Recently, I have found a more powerful application…

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Wait…SAP Can Do That?

By Kristie Bane November 12, 2019 - Blog, Forecasting, Procurement, SAP System by Kristie Bane

Ok, I’ll admit it…I like a good strategy board game- you know, the ones that come with the long rule books and take hours to play.  I like modeling scenarios and playing them through, trying to beat the problem or the clock, learning from the outcomes and repeating it all again.  When my manager came…

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Embrace Frictionless Procurement by Living in the System

By David Morin October 7, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, Exception Monitoring, Master Data, Procurement, Supply Chain Management by David Morin

Becoming a procurement leader in today’s rapidly changing environment often comes down to one key factor: those who actively manage to spend based on real-time insights will generate cost savings. Those who rely on traditional spend management practices will not. For your organization, that means knowing what is bought and how it is being bought…

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Sustainment Starts from the Beginning

By Sandra Rubin November 1, 2019 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability by Sandra

Through my experiences the evolution of change and sustain.  As we have become more and more customer-centric, people often interchange the words retain and sustain.  Through our proven methodology we partner with our clients (retain our relationships) to sustain the business value achieved through the transformation project. We hear often from our clients “how will…

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How Can an Organization Maintain and Sustain Momentum?

By Wayne Thomas November 1, 2019 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, SAP System, Sustainability by Wayne Thomas

Have you ever wondered why some organizations take a few steps forward and then seemingly stumble? Organizations even fall or take a step back when it comes to programs that have been executed to gain performance improvement. There is a large body of material that discusses, shares experiences and even some bloggers/writers propose inventive and…

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Can Your Organization Transform into Intelligent Enterprise?

By Rutul Thakkar October 22, 2019 - Blog, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Enterprise, Master Data, S4/HANA, Supply Chain Management by Rutul Thakkar

First Scenario Mike: “Hello Bob.  We have a big order that is starting production next week.  Let’s make sure everything is to finish that up.” Bob: “Yeah Mike, just got a health check report from one of the equipment on our main production line.  If we run the order through that line, the equipment will…

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Getting to Value Through PM/EAM

By Sean Elliffe October 22, 2019 - Blog, ERP System, OTIF, Production Planning, SAP System, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Planning, Work Management by Sean Elliffe

The True Value That Comes from Effective EAM Working inside the system and effectively using the standard functionality you have already paid for, is a mantra that we at Reveal continue to propagate. The intent is to get the deserved  Return On Investment (ROI) from the SAP ERP investment that you have already made. I…

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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 – 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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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 many…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stocking Strategy is the Door to Supply Chain Optimization

By Reveal January 24, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Stocking Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization 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 a stocking strategy because much of the attention is drawn to the critical items that are in immediate demand and inevitably not available on the shelf thus impacting critical production or…

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How Can Your Company Benefit from Giving Back

By Kelly Kuhlman December 13, 2017 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

It might be common for companies to make charitable donations. There are those few companies that go above and beyond those charitable efforts, with initiatives like donating time, talent, money or goods. Giving back to your favorite charity feels good, there’s no denying that. But your charitable initiatives can have a greater impact on your company…

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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

There’s 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®. These solution works run on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There are a lot of analytical tools that organizations use, but many of them…

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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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In Search of the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy Part II

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

What the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy Looks Like Start simple, keep it simple.  Too many organizations hire high price consultancies to help them develop a strategy.  These consultants create a complex, multi-volume strategy that company executives and managers do not know how to apply to everyday supply chain business issues.  If line supply chain management…

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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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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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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 is to ensure a quality product to the customer.  Unfortunately, few companies understand how to…

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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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Join Reveal at Logistics & SCM 2017 in Orlando

January 16, 2017 - Events by

Reveal is pleased to announce that our supply chain management industry experts will be speaking at Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2017, taking place March 6-8, 2017, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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Does Your Supply Chain Give You the Competitive Edge?

By Reveal September 11, 2013 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

“Through our recent transformation of the ERP (SAP) technology that we already owned, we’ve taken Rust-Oleum’s Supply Chain operations to a more effective and sustainable level that uses SAP for Materials Management, Production/Capacity Planning and S&OP.” -Lisa Stach, Vice President Logistics and Purchasing at Rust-Oleum Come learn strategies from Senior Executives, Lisa Stach from Rust-Oleum and Matt…

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