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Penton Media, formerly known as Intertec, just completed a comprehensive seven-month project that included an upgrade that took them from Advantage 7.0-0 to Advantage 2008r3. In addition to making an eight-year jump in Advantage revisions, the company consolidated the Penton Media Loveland, Colorado into the upgraded Overland Park, Kansas operation.  The two business units now co-exist in one happily united installation of Advantage at the Kansas location. 

To make things even more exciting, the project also involved implementing two new modules, Conference and Event (CEM) and Access Management and Billing (AMB).  This involved several CIR to AMB conversions, some software modifications, and a complete rewrite of their web interface.  Additionally, Overland Park moved their cash applications to their Cleveland location.

Evelyn Acton, Penton's Account Manager at ACS has this to say; "This was truly a team effort between all parties involved. The complexity of the project and the sheer number of components coming together under one project displayed the effectiveness of the true working partnership between ACS and Penton Media."

The ACS team on the project included Angie Markel as Project Manager, Tim Zapawa as Project Director, Karl Davis as Lead Engineer, Dan Sneed as Conversion Engineer, Larry Kleber and Martha Krieg as Upgrade Engineers, and Matt Varblow as Manager of eCommerce.  The Penton team was led by Carver Bonine as Technical Project Manager, Caryn Bair and Mary Salvia as business unit leads, Kathy Cone as Project Manager, and Jay Swift as Director of Business Integration.

Jay Swift, Director of Business Integration at Penton Media, shared his thoughts. "I am very proud of the results that Kathy, Caryn, Mary and Carver were able to deliver, particularly in light of the tremendous effort required in such a short timeframe. Their efforts, along with the exceptional focus and turnaround time for requests to Angie, Karl, Dan, Larry, Martha, and Matt at ACS made this project extremely successful. Congratulations to the entire team!"



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