David Carroll

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

By David Carroll July 9, 2019 - Blog 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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One Size Doesn’t Fit All… Make to Stock or Make to Order?

By David Carroll June 5, 2019 - Blog, Materials Management, Production & Capacity Planning, Production & Supply Planning by David Carroll

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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Do You Know What Exception Monitoring Is?

By David Carroll August 29, 2018 - Blog by David Carroll

Most companies do not use Exception Monitoring or even know what it is. There is always someone who will put their hand up and say, “I know what it is” but the truth of the matter is, they really don’t.  In 8 years and all the companies I have worked with, I rarely come across…

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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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The Ugly, Old and They Should Have Died with the Dinosaurs

By David Carroll November 15, 2017 - Blog by David Carroll

Why do companies see the Standard ECC capacity planning reports, you know CM01,04,05 etc. and think, what a load of rubbish? Or reports can’t help us. They’re 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….

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Reveal Production Functionality Webinar Series

By David Carroll October 4, 2013 - Blog 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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