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  • Ken Nemerovski: An ACS Institution

    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 …



  • 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 …



  • 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 …



  • 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 …



  • 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 …



  • Highlights of 2012R1

    Exciting new features abound in 2012r1.  In addition, these highlights include features from 2011r3.  A new method of order upload---Order Stream---is available with this release. This upload framework employs .xml input to a new MST125 process that can be used to add CIR, PRO, AMB, CEM, and MBR orders. Order Stream includes an error correction process whereby you can define correction rules that automatically repair and resubmit records that were placed into error status by the MST125 process. Also, the feature includes a robust and flexible error correction view, where you can manually review and repair error records, and then resubmit them for processing. A consolidated payment view, MSTDAT/PAY, has been added. This view combines (and replaces) the ARPCSH …



  • 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 …



  • 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 …



  • An Informal Survey on the State of Publishing

     

    During the holidays, we attended the requisite round of get-togethers with family and friends.  This year, my family hosted four events, which actually made all the cleaning and decorating worthwhile.

    My conversations frequently migrated to publishing and information technology.  While sampling the wine and cheese pairings, I noted a number of common topics that were on the minds of my small, statistically-challenged sampling of the general public.  

    Why are bookstores going out of business?

    My sample noted   that bookstores are now hosting special events or selling video games, candles, collectibles, board games, jigsaw puzzles, coffee, and sandwiches rather than selling books.   New library branches appear to have more computers than books.

    All of my classes now use course packs. …



  • 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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