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TECHNOLOGY

Collaboration can help businesses drive the behavioral changes
necessary to get the most out of
an ERP system.

The belief seems to be that, with the
knowledge of just one more T-code, they
will be better equipped to address all the
issues in their supply chain and put their
company on the path to integrated supply
chain success. While we recognize that, in
most cases, their intentions are pure, their
solution to "fixing" an ailing supply chain
is little more involved than a spot fix. In
fact, in most cases we have found the problem may not involve a technical fix at all.
We find the primary challenge most
organizations face is not to fix their system. The challenge is that they invested
in an ERP system for the integration but
forgot (or were not told) that the system
requires organizational collaboration to
operate it. In other words, integration
requires collaboration.

Why Collaboration Matters

BY STEVEN CROOKE

How to Integrate
At Reveal, we spend a great deal of time touting the virtues of a truly
integrated supply chain supported by the best (in our opinion) integrated
supply chain ERP system available - SAPĀ®. In searching for solutions for
an ailing supply chain, people are consumed by what they do not know
about the technology.Organizations search only for technical solutions
that involve training and quick tips on a variety of transaction codes.
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Collaboration is achieved by a set of human behaviors that align with the tools
that we use. Said another way, we need
the tool - and a process for using the tool
- if we are to achieve integration success
for our organization. In the supply chain
context, your ERP manages the business
operations of your entire enterprise and
in the case of SAP, thousands of business
enterprises across the globe. If used
correctly, it is the ultimate system for the
integration of an enterprise.
We are evangelists about learning as
much as you can about SAP and understanding how it can be best leveraged to
effectively run your business and provide
valuable information for decision-making. Learn all you can, but realize that
SAP implementation requires collaboration with people and your organization's
business behaviors to allow your supply
chain to function optimally.
Look for ways to enable human behaviors that align with how SAP operates
and facilitates the real-time accuracy of
data in your enterprise - as reflected
in your SAP system. Recognize that the
toughest part of using a system like SAP is



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