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  • ACS Welcomes Eva Weissman

    We are pleased to welcome Eva Weissman to the ACS family.  A member of the Client Services division, Eva joined ACS in July.  Most recently, she was an engagement manager (similar to an implementation manager) for the Ann Arbor branch of a software company called MyBuys, which develops product recommendation functionality for online retailers. A native of Stuttgart, Germany, Eva earned a degree in trade and commerce from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Nuremberg.  She was originally interested in the retail industry, and started her career in that field.  But when she moved to the e-commerce side of the business, coordinating 11 different websites for an apparel retailer in Germany, she found she enjoyed that more.  However, Eva had always wanted to live …



  • Matt Varblow: Wizard of the Web

      Matt Varblow has been working at ACS almost before he was of legal age.  He started working here during the summers when he was 14 and 15, helping out with configuration control.  Even at that time, Matt was an old hand at computer programming, having taught himself to program in BASIC around age 10.  His favorite thing then was creating text-based adventure games and he’s still proud that he was able to sell a game that he created while in high school. Throughout high school and college, Matt worked at ACS full-time during the summers and part-time during the school year.  He helped in the development of multi-currency capability and worked in the IT department.  Matt went on his first client visit while still in high school and the client had to pick …



  • ACS Welcomes Mark Sauter

    We are happy to welcome Mark Sauter as a full-time employee, in the Implementation and Engineering Services group led by Karl Davis.  Mark worked at ACS previously as a summer intern before he graduated from Grand Valley State University this past May. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Grand Valley, although his first major was actually creative writing.  He enjoys the problem-solving aspects of computer programming and the satisfaction of building something from the ground up and then seeing it in action. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Mark recently got married to another Ann Arbor-ite, and the couple makes their home in their native town. Mark and Lauren have known each other since they were four years old, as their …



  • Congratulations to Barbara Smith--Soon-to-Be Retiree

    Senior software engineer Barbara Smith is officially retiring from ACS at the end of August.  For a time after that, however, she will continue working to finish up several current projects.  We don't want to say goodbye to Barbara.  But who could begrudge her a retirement she has so thoroughly earned?  In her eleven years at ACS, her contribution has been tremendous.  Barbara served as the lead engineer on many implementations and other assorted projects, many of them for international clients.  She has spent significant amounts of time in London, Paris, Copenhagen and Oxford and enjoyed each city.  Each has its own special charm, she says, explaining that Paris is gorgeous and impressive, while London is more home-y and she likes …



  • "Move Order" at MSTDAT

       Starting at 2011R1, a new right-click action is available at MSTDAT/FST, MSTDAT/MST, SVCDAT/MST, and the Master Orders tab at MSTDAT/CTG.  The action allows you to move one or more orders from any closed control group, or any control group you have open, to any other closed control group, or to any other control group that you have open. One effect of this change is that if you are closed out of Advantage while at MSTDAT/FST, you no longer need to go to MSTDAT/CTG to close and reopen your control group.  Instead, go to MSTDAT/FST and press the Current Control Group button, where the list will contain the control group you were just in.  Select this control group and click the Open button, and you will be presented with the option of reopening the control group. …



  • Highlights of 2011R2

    Here are some of the features you'll find in the second Advantage release of this year.  Contact your account manager for more information.    A new set of AMB tables gives users access to "virtual" information on transactions which Advantage does not otherwise store with the agreement.  Users can access such data as: agreement start date less free and adjustment days, expire date less grace days, and a conversion from trial flag.  At the access point level, data such as the following is available: access point event (add, change delete), price override flags, discount amount, sales amounts.  In addition, deleted access points are now retained for historical purposes.  Users can make use of these tables---which have been implemented as SQL views---in …



  • Agora's Indian Affiliate Goes Live on Advantage

    Through much of the past year, ACS has partnered with Agora to complete an in-conversion from Equity Master, Agora's office in India.   Equity Master provides information about more than 500 leading companies in India, which account for over 90% of India's market value. Through Equity Master, customers can gain access to various stock market recommendations, archives, and special reports. The project of converting Equity Master data into Advantage encompassed customer, promotion, and electronic subscription data; as well as implementing the AMB module for the first time at Agora. To account for the online data-entry into Advantage, the team made adjustments to the website to make use of the AMB capsule calls provided through the AdvantageWEB module. Tara Rebak, …



  • Scripted Request System

    ACS has developed a Scripted Request System to aid clients in requesting processes and/or jobstreams from scripts which run outside of Advantage.  Capsules have been created to allow users to communicate with the Advantage Monitor from the command line, wait until a process finishes and then return a success or failure code. This is not intended to replace the request screens but rather to give clients a way to interface with an enterprise scheduling system for selected processes or jobstreams. The processes still run under the control of the Advantage Monitor and the monitor notifies the scheduling system when the process or jobstream is complet The interface to the scripted request system is a powershell named advantage_submit.ps1 that is …



  • ACS Welcomes Rachel Larson

    ACS is pleased to welcome Rachel Larson as a full-time member of the Advantage family.  Rachel has been working as an intern in the engineering department part-time during school years and full-time over the past four summers.  She graduated from the University of Michigan this spring with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the engineering school. (It's also possible to study computer science through the college of Literature, Science and the Arts.) A dyed-in-the-wool engineer, Rachel freely labels herself a computer nerd.  She has always liked math and science and does not get at all excited about writing assignments.  Her favorite entertainment genre is science fiction, whether it's books, movies or games.  And yes, she's a Trekkie—original …



  • Congratulations to Maney Publishing

    Maney Reaches 100 Journals Reprinted with permission from Maney Publishing Maney Publishing, one of the fastest-growing independent journal publishers, has published its 100th journal with the release of the first 2011 issue of JournalofSpinalCord Medicine. The imprint, whose first journals appeared only in 1998, has become a significant publisher of British society journals and in recent years has extended its publishing activity world-wide, working now for a growing number of learned societies, professional bodies and universities in North America and Australia. "When I launched the imprint of Maney Publishing in 1997," Michael Gallico, Maney's Managing Director, notes, "the company, since its founding in 1900, enjoyed a very high …



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