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    OrderStream: A Giant Step Forward for Uploads

    Are you interested in a streamlined and unified way to import orders into Advantage and process them? A way to combine much of the functionality in the CIR125, PRO301, CEM125, and AMB125 Advantage uploads? How about the ability to create rules to automatically correct bad incoming data? If so, OrderStream may be right for you.  Available in the 2012r1 release of Advantage, OrderStream offers a new process to standardize and unify the various uploads in Advantage.  Many of the current upload transactions are now available through a standard Advantage XML schema. The newly developed process supports the wide variety of files and formats of data to be uploaded into Advantage. In addition, it supports various file locations, types, and formats. OrderStream also solves …



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    ACS Expands Intern Program--Welcomes Brian Roskamp

    Finding just the right technical people is a vital part of growth at ACS and the intern program has been a great source of excellent employees.  In addition to providing valuable services in their stints as interns, it gives both intern and management staff time to evaluate whether or not the fit is a good one. Brian Roskamp is the newest intern at ACS, working in the engineering division.  A junior at the University of Michigan, Brian is studying computer science and engineering.  It only took one introductory computer science class as a freshman in high school for Brian to decide what he wanted to do for a living.  That was at Howell High School in Howell, Michigan, where his family still lives. Brian is especially interested in software engineering for …



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    Dynamic Customer Search

      Starting at 2011R1, Advantage has to ability to perform the customer search when you tab out of the field or with each keystroke. The search behavior for the TAB and KEYSTROKE is activated with the CDS option SRCHWHEN. The valid values are: ENTER: the default behavior; works as currently, and requires clicking the Search button. TAB:  performs the search each time the search data is entered and the user tabs out of the field---there is no need to click the Search button as a separate action.  This can be a way to progressively narrow your search as you enter your search criteria. It may enable you to locate the desired customer more quickly than if you had used the conventional search method. KEYSTROKE:  performs the search each time a character is …



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    Ken Nemerovski: An Advantage Icon

    Ken Nemerovski—known to all as "Nemo"—has been a fixture at ACS since 1982.  Only four people predate him and, when it comes to remembering company history, he is unrivaled.  With his excellent memory for names, faces and dates, he is the go-to guy for information about the early days here. Nemo has always worked in sales in some capacity, and even though he officially moved to the Client Services Division in 2006 as a Senior Account Manager, he still keeps his hand in the sales game, being responsible for selling additional software licenses and third-party products to ACS clients.  He manages third-party relationships for the company and also handles license compliance, monitoring usage for clients with such agreements.  He is the account manager for six ACS …



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    ACS Welcomes New Employee: Ryan Powers

    ACS is pleased to welcome Ryan Powers to our employee family.  Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in computer science engineering.  He is assigned to the Product Development Group, led by Howie Brooks.  Born and raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Ryan has always had an interest in technology.   As a child, his parents soon learned to let him take care of the technical stuff at home as he had an aptitude for it.  When he took his first computer programming class at the University of Michigan, he made up his mind that computer programming was the career for him. One of Ryan’s favorite aspects of programming is that you are free to try out your ideas within the safe confines of a controlled …



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    AUG Report: Once Upon a Time...

    … in a place warm and sunny in early February, a group of individuals descended upon Orlando, Florida.  Some were sneezy (from the Midwest cold), others were sleepy (from the west, due to time difference), most were happy, and although a few might have been grumpy or bashful, none were dopey.   No, these were not Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, in spite of meeting right on the grounds of the Walt Disney World Resort.  Rather, they were attendees of the Advantage Users Group Conference. By all accounts, the conference was a tremendous success.  After several years of dealing with bad weather in January, this was the first time that the conference was held in February.  The weather cooperated beautifully and surrounding activities were fabulous.  All told, there were 80 …



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    Europe Links In

    After their successful meeting in Paris last fall, Advantage’s European users decided to create a dedicated European Advantage User Group on the professional online network Linked In. They discovered a growing need to share not only Advantage usage and administration knowledge, but to do so within the dynamics and business practices unique to Europe. At the group’s request, ACS provides the administration for this Linked In group, which extends but does not replace the ACS Message Board.   Linked In is an easy way to strengthen the ties between European users, and also an efficient means to "push" information to the community, through regular "latest news" posts.   ACS actively supports the news effort with regular updates on approved modifications available on the …



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    The Economist Intelligence Unit and Bauer Media Now Live on Advantage

    Congratulations to CDS Global clients The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Bauer Media, who both recently completed successful implementations of Advantage.   The Economist Intelligence Unit is a global leader in country, industry and management analysis, providing trusted business intelligence and advice to over 1.5 million decision-makers from the world’s leading companies, financial institutions, governments and universities. EIU is especially excited about the streamlined renewal processing features in Advantage, and the convenience of meeting their distribution and reporting needs for their 450 publications via jobstreams.    ACS Project Manager Daryl Vautour wishes to thank the following EIU and CDS employees for their efforts on the project: …



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    Agora, Crain, Kalmbach and Massachusetts Medical Complete Upgrades

    Successful upgrade projects were recently concluded at various Advantage clients.  Agora is now live on 11r3 and Suzanne Earley was highly pleased with the efforts of the upgrade team, which included Doug Moore, Larry Kleber, John Moore and Molly Mathe.  "We had such a great experience with all the members of team," said Suzanne.  "Doug was a terrific project manager; he was always available and very supportive. Larry went above and beyond so many times on this upgrade. He worked several weekends to get dry runs done so I could avoid down time. John and Molly keep the issues moving and resolved quickly. Overall, it was a great experience." Crain Communications recently went live on 11r1, completing a five month upgrade project.   They are …



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    ACS' Sultan of Swat Retires--Farewell to Stan Pyett

      Stan Pyett earned the nickname "The Sultan of Swat" early in his career at ACS and it’s stuck ever since.  ACS folklore has two explanations for how the term "SWAT," (which is our designation for work done investigating and fixing software bugs) got started.  One is that it came from the 70s police term "SWAT team"-- an elite tactical unit using Special Weapons And Tactics.  The other option is that it stands for "SoftWare Attack Team."  Either way, Stan has made it happen for more than 25 years. There isn’t a client company—current or former—that Stan hasn’t worked with at one time or another.  He has endeared himself to dozens of users over the years by tracking down and fixing some pretty gnarly issues that were causing said clients to tear their hair …



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