Advantage’s OrderStream Framework Breaks the Log Jam of Order Upload
While Advantage is a customer-centric system, order transactions are a central component of the customer profile. Getting orders processed quickly and efficiently is paramount, and the flexibility to accept order transactions from a variety of sources is a critical component of the system. Our clients take orders from sources such as eCommerce sites, trade shows, phone calls, postcards, mobile applications, agents, lockboxes, SMS, and other third-parties. To accommodate these sources, Advantage offers three basic types of input---through the application’s user interface, through the use of the Software Development Kit (SDK), and through file uploads. Over its history, Advantage has consistently been the market leader …
These are just some of the new Advantage features that will be available in the fall of 2015. Contact your Advantage account manager for more information.
Autocomplete Feature: An optional autocomplete feature is available (triggered at the user level), whereby Advantage will suggest values for validated fields based on what the user has typed in to that point. Under this feature, the more the user types, the narrower the list of possible matches (the user can arrow up and down to see the possible matches). At any time, the user can stop and select one of the suggested values.
Separate “Promote by Phone” Flags: You can now expose and use separate “promote by” flags on each of the three telephone numbers on the customer address record. (The fourth telephone number field is dedicated …
Congratulations to Our Sunday Visitor who recently upgraded from Advantage 12r1 to 15.0. In addition to the software upgrade, they also moved to a clustered server configuration. And kudos to both teams for making the original cutover date!
The OSV team included Troy Payton, Dennis Kerlin, Max Sallaz and Beth Hoover. On the AdvantageCS side, major players were Ken Darnell, Stephanie Widrig, Mike Hasey and his team of engineers, and Larry Kleber (AKA “Cutover Master”).
Congrats to all!
The newest member of the AdvantageCS development team led by John Moore, is Chris Long. Chris recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Chris began his college career in the biomedical area, but found that the amount of research work involved was more than he was interested in doing. Programming was much more to his liking and so he switched majors.
In his brief stint at AdvantageCS, Chris has gotten involved in improving the functionality of the AdvantageCS internal website. He enjoys breaking a large task into smaller pieces and working through each one. The collaborative atmosphere of the AdvantageCS engineering division appeals to Chris---he works well in a group and appreciates having lots of others around …
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 …
On a recent trip to England, a group of us took a hike up a hill past a flock of sheep. Sheep are so charming: pleasant to see on the side of a hill, not terribly wild or boisterous, and very compliant when it is time to get their wool sheared. At one point, the farmer pulled up to a corner of the very large field the sheep were occupying and they started bleating and running toward the truck. They clearly were trained that this was feeding time, and responded with the enthusiasm of my 19-year-old son under similar circumstances. This was, without meaning to sound too trite...so stick with me here...an example of when it's a good idea to follow the flock. However, we all know that sheep are, in fact, too compliant for their own good, and can walk willingly to be slaughtered. That' …
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#). …
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 …
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 …
Americans can be some of the laziest language users on earth, creating nicknames and abbreviations for everything from celebrities to common phrases. Texting can be blamed for some of this, certainly, but it doesn't explain our penchant for cutting syllables out of our speech. Furthermore, there are people texting all over the world who still take the time and effort to use lots of words in their speech to make their thoughts clear. Being married to a native speaker of another language has provided an at-home testing platform for my claim. Many other languages seem to require more words to express something that an American will use fewer words to express. Is it because American English is so rich that we have a word for everything? I don't think so. There are many words in Spanish …