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Can SAP Communicate & Plan Phases in Product Lifecycle Management?

By Steve Kinal December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP by Steve Kinal

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) There are many planning phases of materials within Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Forecasts, inventory levels, and sales may fluctuate within each phase in PLM. Prompt action, realignment, communication channels, and how the process is managed are crucial success factors when managing PLM throughout the supply chain. Is there a way to…

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How Holistic Is Your Organization’s Perspective?

By Marcia Koon December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) by Marcia Koon

With most of my career being spent with the front-of-the-house supply chain (customer service, sales, marketing, logistics), my natural perspective of the product lifecycle is: Introduction: Defining the market and positioning the product, as well as the pricing and strategy planned for growth (i.e. price high to achieve slower volume growth.) Price low and go…

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New Product Development (NPD) and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

By Anna Watson December 3, 2019 - Blog, Product Life Cycle Management (PLM), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP, SAP System by Anna Watson

Many of us have heard the saying, “If you’re not first, you’re last” or “First is the only place that really matters.” Although that isn’t entirely accurate, it can truly feel that way when you miss the opportunity to be first to market with a new product. While Research & Development, Marketing, and Sales may…

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Play Your Position

By Sandi Rubin February 21, 2018 - Blog 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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Don’t Change Master Data for Execution Variation

By Anna Watson November 19, 2019 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Production & Supply Planning, SAP System by Anna Watson

Often in supply chain, we talk about breaking down the silos and working across functional areas. However, there is one place where we want to still respect the division of responsibilities and that is the data between master data and transactional data. Master data should be heavily governed and does not typically change that often….

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It’s Time to Hang up Our Supply Chain Superhero Capes

By Kristie Bane November 12, 2019 - Blog by Kristie Bane

Like many, I rose through various roles in Supply Chain due to my skills in crisis management.  I had a cape and I wore it both proudly and regularly.  As my responsibilities grew and I had a scope that covered planning all the way through manufacturing and distribution, it became clear. Organizationally, we needed to…

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Creating Change, Improving Outcomes

By Steven Crooke November 14, 2019 - Blog 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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Embrace Frictionless Procurement by Living in the System

By David Morin October 7, 2019 - Blog 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 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 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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Automate Your Processes to Achieve Manufacturing Execution

By Eacliffe Stuart October 8, 2019 - Blog 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 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 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 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 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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The Power of MRP

By David Carroll July 22, 2019 - Blog, Demand Planning, Exception Monitoring, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) 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 Material Requirements Planning (MRP) runs, it touches everything…

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Understanding the Power of Exception Monitoring

By David Carroll July 29, 2019 - Blog 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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What Is the Problem with External Data Sources?

By Wayne Thomas June 13, 2019 - Blog, ERP Systems, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System 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 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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How to Become a Demand-Driven Supply Chain?

By Reveal May 31, 2019 - Blog by Reveal

Recently, we were assessing a company’s supply chain. They had forecasted in the system, and at the management level, they spoke highly of their demand-driven supply chain. The business commented on how they can capture the demand changes rapidly and make the necessary adjustment to demand fluctuation in the system. Then we walked the shop…

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Why did SAP do this to me?

By Jay Freeman January 23, 2019 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Over and over again, I hear people say “SAP did this to me” or ask “Why did SAP do this to me?” While this may be a natural tendency, it is nevertheless a fallacy.  SAP is not a sentient being, and it is not capable of “doing something” to a human.  SAP does not make…

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Changing Lives, One Supply Chain at a Time

By Steven Crooke December 19, 2018 - Blog 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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Implementing Your Culture Throughout Your Organization

By Sandy Moran November 26, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Culture fit gets a lot of attention by hiring managers, interviewers, and recruiters. But what does that mean? It does not mean to hire everyone just like you, diversity is what makes companies stronger. Make sure you’re not accidentally building a team of people who all think, look and act the exact same way. A…

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#1 Reason Why Companies Struggle to Become World-Class

By Martin Rowan November 15, 2018 - Blog 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 Need For Effective Management of The Supply Chain

By Wayne Thomas October 10, 2018 - Blog by Wayne Thomas

In my many years of working in various industry sectors, I have seen different organizational structures and heard differing opinions of what a Supply Chain is and what the role of the Supply Chain Manager is. In this article, I want to share with you the insight I have formed about what a Supply Chain…

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

By Jay Freeman August 15, 2018 - Blog, Business Solutions, SAP System by Ed Elsbury

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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Sales Forecasting Deja Vu

By Eacliffe Stuart July 11, 2018 - Blog 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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Institutionalizing Exception Monitoring

By Tam Perepa June 27, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

There are several challenges in an oVo® project especially when it comes to the Realization phase leading up to the Sustain phase. The challenges we face are predominantly people-centric and like it or not that is a make or a break kind of deal in terms of whether we can help the Process Aligned Team accomplish…

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What Can I Change About Myself Today?

By Pete Kovac June 20, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

Sometimes we all need to take a break, look ourselves in the mirror and ask the difficult questions. Questions such as: “What can I change about myself today?” or “How can I be a better parent, mentor, friend, or colleague?”. Sometimes we know exactly what we are doing wrong but are afraid of change. It’s so…

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The Social Supply Chain

By Aimee Latuszek June 6, 2018 - Blog by Reveal

As a millennial, it’s obvious to see that there is one aspect of modern marketing that can instill fear deep into the hearts of older generations: ‘Social Media.’ As you may already know, Social Media is no longer a hobby, a trend, or a mere pastime. This once-considered downtime activity is now a booming industry—and…

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The Evolution of the Material Planner/Buyer

By Philip Franz March 28, 2018 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Materials Management by Reveal

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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Standard SAP Capacity Planning Reports

By David Carroll March 14, 2018 - Blog, Demand Planning, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning by David Carroll

Standard SAP ECC Capacity Planning Reports What a Load of Rubbish? Or that they can’t help. Their ugly old and should have died with the dinosaurs. There is a general fundamental lack of understanding of Capacity Planning and how its role is core to achieving the greater plan. Businesses seem not to understand that without…

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Coffee, Helicopters, and Inventory Management

By Sean Elliffe March 7, 2018 - Blog 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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Marketing in the Recruiting World!

By Doreen Needham & Mark Sheetz February 7, 2018 - Blog 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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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 - Blog 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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It’s All About the Numbers … Or is it?

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog, Key Performance Indicators-KPIs, On Time In Full (OTIF), Supply Chain Optimization by Reveal

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 reading this blog because it appears that I am anti-metric,…

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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 by Reveal

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 by Reveal

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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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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Implementation Consultants vs. Trusted Advisors

By Martin Rowan April 12, 2017 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 Reveal January 5, 2017 - Blog, Procurement, Production & Supply Planning, SAP System by Reveal

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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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain — Part 1 of 3

By Reveal October 11, 2016 - Blog, Discrete Manufacturing, Procurement, SAP System by Reveal

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 - Blog 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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What If Your SAP Supply Chain Was Truly Optimized?

By Jim Cameron February 15, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron What if your SAP supply chain was truly optimized — what would it mean for your company? What if your initial SAP implementation focused on how you use SAP to improve your business — not on how you install SAP to run your business? What if your go-live acceptance test on inventory…

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Why Not Prioritize Supply Chain Challenges with SAP?

By Patrice Matthias January 25, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

Have you ever felt overwhelmed attempting to determine what needs to be done to improve business results? In our working with organizations across the world, it is apparent that no matter the industry, the country or the company, supply chain challenges are universal. If you are reading this article, you probably run your company with…

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Getting to a World-class Supply Chain

By Sean Elliffe November 23, 2015 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Sean Elliffe How do we know we have got a world-class supply chain? There are as many arguments as to what constitutes “world-class” as there are detractors who would question if such a thing even exists. In this modern era, there are significant complexity challenges that require us to consider multiple business dynamics, not least…

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Why Forecasting Isn’t Enough?

By Martin Rowan November 13, 2015 - Blog, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Sales & Operation Planning / IBP, Supply Chain Optimization 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Blog 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 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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