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    Scott Ghormley: Seasoned Multi-Tasker

    Scott Ghormley's history with Advantage starts before there even was an Advantage Computing Systems.  In 1978, when he was 15 years old, he was hired by Infomatics--one of the precursor companies to ACS--to work in their computer room "flopping tapes and delivering output."  He has come a long way since then.  Scott returned to the company as an intern twice between his first stint and 1986 when he was hired as a full-time employee.  That lasted until 1988.  During his time away, Scott spent four years in the IT department at Domino's Pizza, and also worked as a consultant and network engineer at a variety of Detroit-area based companies (including Lotus Notes Development). Scott returned to ACS in 1997, this time as a lead engineer in the group led by Karl …



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    Advantage Welcomes Laurin Publishing

      We are very happy to welcome Laurin Publishing to the family of Advantage publishers. Laurin Publishing specializes in the photonics industry.  Photonics is a term encompassing the fields of optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing.  Founded in 1954 by a retired Eastman Kodak physicist, the company was purchased by current president Tom Laurin's parents in 1967 and became Laurin Publishing.  Laurin Publishing has 80 employees and is headquartered in Pittsfield, Mass., with several editorial and sales branch offices. They publish 3 magazines (Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics and EuroPhotonics), an annual directory (the Photonics Directory) and several e-newsletters. We welcome Laurin Publishing as an Advantage …



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    Advantage Welcomes Value Line

    We are extremely pleased to welcome Value Line as a new Advantage client.  Value Line is a New York corporation founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard.  The company serves both individual and professional investors with investment research and data, and it is best known for publishing The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment newsletters.  Its well-known Timeliness Ranking System ranks stocks on a scale of 1 to 5 for probable market performance over the next 6 to 12 months. The company also produces numerous specialized print and online investment publications and information services covering mutual funds, convertible securities, options, special situations and more. We welcome Value Line to the …



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    ACS is Your Partner in Change

    Death, taxes and change.  The human certainties.  Change is constant.  Who could possibly argue with this, especially now?  So much is changing:  technology, business models, advertising, communication, housing prices, dietary restrictions, airline fees, the accelerator in my Toyota…I'll stop here.  It is indisputable that change in our industry is occurring.  But where the change will take us is probably at the forefront of every CEO's mind.  Is it just me, or is there a new buzzword out just about every week now?  It wasn't that long ago that I hadn't heard of "monetizing" or "cloud computing" or "chatter."  I find myself using Wikipedia more than ever before as our engineers casually mention a new acronym each time we meet.  More and …



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    Congratulations to Motor, NAR and APA on Recent Upgrades

    Upgrade activity was busy in recent months as a number of clients moved to new releases of Advantage.  MOTOR went live on Advantage 10 R1 in early April and, due to their thorough testing procedures, the go live was nearly flawless.  Todd Ladson, Motor's Director of Financial Services, had this to say to ACS:  "I just wanted to drop a note to let you know how smoothly MOTOR's upgrade to 2010R1 went.  With Paul DesRosiers' leadership throughout the process and the support of your employees such as PhilippeRowland, Larry Kleber, Martha Krieg and of course, my favorite, Ken Darnell, the upgrade went extremely smooth.  We have been live for the last 2 ½ weeks with no problems at all (and I mean no problems)." National Auto Research (Black Book) upgraded from 200 …



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    ACS Welcomes New Employee: John Hughes

    John Hughes has joined ACS as an analyst in the Client Services Division.  He is currently working in the Support Center, led by Ev Acton, although he is expected to join the implementation services team later this year. While John was born and raised for the most part in the Ann Arbor area, he had the opportunity to experience life in another country when his GM executive father took a 2 ½ year assignment in France when John was eight.  John and his four siblings were forced to learn French as quickly as possible when they were placed in French schools.  Fortunately, kids find it easy to pick up new languages and they all did just fine.  John admits that although his French accent is excellent, since he learned it as a child, his vocabulary does …



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    Advantage Online Help Gets a Facelift with 2010r2

    Historically, online help in Advantage has been presented in compiled help (.chm) format.  However, over time, Microsoft has introduced security controls that prevent users, in certain intranet scenarios, from accessing help files that use this format.  To work within the MS Windows framework, the help files beginning with the 10R2 release will use HTML help (.htm) format.   The differences between .chm help and .htm help are as follows:  1) a slightly different user "look and feel"; and 2) whereas .chm help opens directly within the application, .htm help will launch a browser session for presentation of the content.  When you open the online help from the Menu option in your Advantage session, Advantage will open the browser session automatically, and route to the …



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    Bayard Milan Goes Live on Advantage

    Milan is a large publisher of regional and youth magazines based in Toulouse, France. It was purchased by Bayard in 2004.  The year-long Bayard Milan in-conversion project went live on Advantage in early May.   Data entry began on the 4th, and the combined processing with both Bayard and Milan orders ran successfully. The Milan websites were also integrated with Advantage during the project and have seen increased traffic compared to their previous sites.  With Milan activity now on Advantage, Bayard is planning to implement a strategy of marketing and organizational optimization. Benoit Marchal, Anne-Marie Massiot and Corinne Cabirol teamed up on the project on the Milan side. They have been strongly supported by Bayard team, managed by Emmanuel Chevalier. …



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    Liturgy Training Publications Goes Live on Advantage

    Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), a not-for-profit agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago, recently went live on Advantage.  Chuck Lorenz served as the LTP project manager, aided by Deanna Keefe, and JohnThomas provided executive sponsorship.  The go-live date was set for early January to avoid LTP's busy season at yearend. Eric Burbeck acted as the ACS project manager, directed by Mike Miklosovic.  Barbara Smith served as lead engineer and several others, including Angie Markel, Bill Pinard and Levi Hyssong provided assistance. LTP publishes materials for use in Catholic churches, schools, and by Catholic individuals and families.  In addition to several magazines and journals LTP primarily publishes and distributes books. They market via direct mail, their …



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    Philippe Rowland – Hard Work and Laughter

    Mention Philippe Rowland and the first things people bring up are his ready smile and booming laugh.  That infectious laugh can be heard all across the ACS office space and you can't help but smile when you hear it.  But although Philippe does have a great sense of humor, he isn't all just fun and games.  His serious side comes out when he is given a project to manage and there is nothing he likes better than defining a new project and coming up with a plan to make it work.  Philippe enjoys gathering the project team and setting the expectations before diving in to the work.  He learns something from each project he tackles, because he says that each one is a little different. "Working with Philippe on a regular basis for the last several years has enabled …



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