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    Welcome New Employee David Zick

    David Zick has joined AdvantageCS as a member of the development team led by Paul Sauter. David is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, but he isn’t a stranger to AdvantageCS---he worked here as an intern last summer, and we’re delighted to have him back as a full-time employee.

    Following in the footsteps of more than one member of his family, David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science engineering. His father is a software developer, his older sister earned a degree in industrial operations engineering, and his uncle, Ray Zick, has been a fixture of the engineering department here at AdvantageCS for more than 30 years. 

    Aided by his intern experience, David has hit the ground running. His team employs an agile development method in which tasks are …



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    AdvantageCS Celebrates 36 Years

    Surface Changes Aplenty, Unchanged at the Core

      

    On July 1st, 2015, AdvantageCS celebrated our 36th anniversary. The company was formed in 1979 as a custom software development house by some computer science graduates of the University of Michigan who wanted to stay in Ann Arbor. The first client was a book publisher and the second was a magazine publisher, and almost before they knew it, they were publishing software specialists.

    It is said that in the technology world, the only constant is change. In 36 years, AdvantageCS has gone through four location moves, three company names, four logos, countless hardware platforms (Prime, DEC, multiple Unix flavors, 10 flavors of Windows from 3.11 up through 2012R2), and half a dozen programming languages (from Fortran and COBOL to C#). …



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    European Advantage Users Group meets in London

     

    The 2015 European Advantage User Group meeting was held 15 April at the conveniently located London Paddington Hilton.  Attending were 33 clients representing 12 companies from England, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Portugal.  AdvantageCS was itself “multi-national,” with staff from England and France as well as the United States.

    Dan Heffernan, VP of Sales and Product Direction, led the day and kicked it off with an overview presentation of AdvantageCS news and the roadmap looking ahead.  He highlighted our three newest clients, including Talentum from Finland, who had three representatives at the conference.

    One (of many) entertaining images that Dan showed in his Prezi presentation was a pair of blue jeans, indicating a recent dress code change at the AdvantageCS …



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    Welcome New Employee Stephen Oller

    Stephen Oller has joined AdvantageCS as a business analyst in the Client Services division, reporting to Doug Moore. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw State University, where he studied computer information systems.

    After graduation, he worked as an application developer for a mortgage company and then as a developer in a software consulting firm. His most recent position was in technical support for H & R Block. Stephen found that although he enjoys programming, he prefers a job that offers more contact with other people. The position at ACS allows him to use his technical ability, as well as providing frequent interaction with team members and clients.

    In addition to his technical skills, Stephen enjoys analyzing situations and fixing problems, which is also a …



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    American Psychiatric Association Upgrades to 15.3

    Congratulations to the American Psychiatric Association who recently went live on Advantage 15.3. This means they are now on the continuous update track of Advantage, in which updates are released every four to six weeks.  Clients now have the option of moving to this Feature update track, which eliminates the traditional upgrade project.  Instead, participants get the changes as they become available. (For more information on the continuous update method, see story in the Sept/Oct 2014 eVantage).

    APA’s update also included the implementation of SOAP/Web services and CyberSource with tokens.

    The APA team included Roger Domras, Debra Eurbanks, Christie Couture, Brian Cole, Shruti Kulkarni and Sreeni Reddy.

    Philippe Rowland led the charge on the AdvantageCS side, with assistance from …



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    2015 Advantage Users Group Review

    After the recent user conference, several coworkers inquired as to how it went. Before answering, I asked myself: what really makes a user conference successful? Was it successful because of the many smiles in the room throughout the conference? What about the presentations? The weather? Maybe the end-of-week surveys? In the end, I determined, it all boils down to one thing: relationships. 

    Why is this so important? For one thing, sharing ideas and solving problems are a direct result of building successful relationships. Many of the roundtables demonstrated this. In the upload and upgrade roundtables alone, lessons learned were shared, questions were answered, and creative solutions explored. We also had some excellent presentations and panel discussions that really helped facilitate …



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    European Taxation Change 1/1/15

    Starting 1 January 2015, supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronically supplied services made by EU suppliers to private individuals and non-business customers will be taxable in the member state of the customer. Current rules stipulate that the place of taxation is the supplier’s location, but starting 1 January 2015, this will change to the place of consumption (i.e. the customer’s location).

    Suppliers of such services will therefore need to determine where their customers are established and to account for VAT at the applicable rate in that member state. This is a requirement irrespective of where the supplier itself is established or registered for VAT.

    If your organization is located in the EU and you are using the Advantage taxation feature, this means you will …



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    Aller Media Sweden Goes Live on Advantage

    Abstract: Aller Media’s Swedish operations—located in Helsingborg--recently went live on Advantage, the second country to go live, following the Danish cutover in May.

    Aller Media’s Swedish operations—located in Helsingborg--recently went live on Advantage, the second country to go live, following the Danish cutover in May. The remaining countries, Finland and Norway, are soon to follow.  Aller Media is the leading publisher of weekly magazines in the Nordic countries with a weekly circulation of approximately 2.7 million issues.  

    The core Aller team consisted of Lena Nyqvist as the project manager, Anders Myrén as the integrations lead, Marcus Eberhagen as the test lead, Diana Tegnér and Joanna Wieckowska as the fulfillment leads, Madleine Victor as the finance lead, Lotta Björling as the marketing lead, Annelie Andersson as the distribution lead, Charlotte Andersson and Emma Petrisson as the customer service leads, and Tommy Hansen as the lead …



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    AdvantageCS Welcomes Talentum

    AdvantageCS is pleased to announce our newest client: Talentum.  Talentum is a B to B publisher based in Helsinki, Finland.  Their history goes back to the year 1938 and the establishment of the financial journal Talouselämä. Talentum provides media, professional literature and online and information services for professionals whose interests include technology, finance, management, health care, advertising and law. Additionally, Talentum implements training courses for these target groups and organizes events of various types. Its key products are magazines, books, online services, training and events. 

    Talentum operates in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Baltic countries, and Russia. In the Nordic countries, Talentum has a total of some 1.1 million readers of journals and magazines and …



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    Help Is Just A Click Away!

    New User Interface on Advantage Help Website Offers Click-through Browsing, Focused Search, and Proximity Search

    Now it’s much easier to find the help you need on the Advantage help website.  It’s been reformatted using the Orchard online platform. This change, effective with the 2014r1 version of the help, offers an improved user interface, easier click-through browsing, and powerful search tools to help focus your search results.

    The help content remains what you’re used to seeing, with how-to explanations, screen images, and report samples for the standard documentation set. However, hyperlinks have been added for each level of the help to allow you to quickly access the subsidiary topics underneath. For example, the topic “Basic Agreement Information” includes quick links to …



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