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  • ACS Welcomes New Employee: Rob Elliott

    We are pleased to welcome Rob Elliott, who joins ACS as a programmer in the Product Development group led by Howie Brooks.  Rob is a graduate of the University of Michigan: Dearborn, where he earned a degree in Computer and Information Science (CISI).  Rob grew up in Holly, Michigan, where he wrestled, ran Cross Country, and was a vital member of the Quiz Bowl team. Rob has four much older siblings, so was raised essentially an only child, with strong logical influence from his father. Since childhood Rob has seen through the eyes of a scientist, always exploring and seeking to understand the world around him. His family has a long history of engineering, and he follows suit with ease. Rob appreciates the multiplication of effort that computers make …



  • Major Project Goes Live at Our Sunday Visitor

    The Publishing division at Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) has been happily using Advantage for many years and the Curriculum division was brought online in 4th quarter of 2009 with a successful implementation. The remaining division, Offertory Solutions, recently went live on Advantage after an extensive development and implementation project.  Offertory Solutions primarily prints and sells offering envelopes to churches, and although there are some features in common with magazine and book sales, the vast majority of the functionality is unique and required development.   The new system replaces several other outdated systems, as OSV was looking to advance their technology both in the office and on the production floor.  As of July 19th, all of OSV--the Publishing, …



  • ACS Welcomes Ouest France

    ACS is pleased to announce that Ouest France is the latest publisher to choose Advantage.  Ouest France is a large regional newspaper company based in Rennes in Brittany.  They publish 4 daily papers and their flagship--called Ouest France--is the largest daily newspaper in France, with 800,000 copies and 44 editions a day.    Implementation has already begun and the ACS project team includes Levi Hyssong (project manager), Philippe van Mastrigt (project director), and Karl Davis (lead engineer). For Ouest France, the team includes Antoine Péculier (project manager), Jean-Dominique Hardy (project director), Anne-Yvonne Surel, (IT project manager) and Laurence Cuchard (system administrator).  We welcome Ouest France to  the Advantage community. http://www.ouest-france. …



  • Second European Client Meeting Held

    On May 18, ACS hosted a meeting of the Advantage clients in the European region in London.  The purpose of the meeting was to update the EU-region clients on ACS activities and strategy, future software direction, new features in our latest release of the software, and to provide an opportunity for networking with other ACS clients.  18 attendees representing 10 clients were present.  Dan Heffernan hosted the meeting and gave a presentation on news, strategy and software futures.  This was followed by a presentation on direct debit progress by Chris Elson (Saga) and Bob Thornton (ACS).  Philippe Van Mastrigt presented and discussed new features in the 2010r1 release of Advantage, with an eye to those features which are of unique interest to Advantage users in the EU …



  • New Employee: Virginie Motte

    ACS is pleased to welcome Virginie Motte as a new employee.  She is working with Philippe van Mastrigt, Director of European Operations, and is based in Paris.  Currently, Virginie is providing operational support to Bayard Presse, assisting them with campaign and renewal set-up.  In addition, she is in charge of setting up and maintaining the French Translation of Advantage User Manuals.  Virginie has worked at Bayard for the past two years, and handled fulfillment.  She also worked on the VPC project, converting to Advantage.  Prior to that, she worked in the supply chain, helping to implement sales forecast software, and also worked as a customer service manager for a subsidiary of company TOTAL, French main oil company.  In joining ACS, Virginie …



  • Financial Accounting Foundation GASB Website Launched on Advantage

    The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) website store launched successfully on Advantage in mid-April.  GASB establishes standards of financial accounting and reporting for state and local governmental entities.  The project lasted a little over a month and a half.             On FAF's side, the team included Jim Lapinski and FAF website consultants.  Work on the ACS side was done by Molly Mathe and Greg Sharp.  Congratulations on a successful go-live!



  • How the Advantage Launch Pad Benefits You

    With the 2010r1 release of Advantage, it is now easier to manage multiple Advantage configurations from a single location, including a new mechanism for users to launch the Advantage application.  This enhancement follows an industry-standard approach, and is called the Advantage Launch Pad.   In prior releases, the configuration settings for individual areas were located in client and server-side configuration text files (Advantag.ini).  These plain-text files, located on each and every workstation as well as the application server, were prone to users or processes inadvertently deleting or compromising them. These configuration files could also have problems if they become out of synch with global INI file or other application settings. The new …



  • Jobstream Accounting Period Alert

    Advantage gives you the ability to create "jobstreams" -- sequences of processes or reports that you run on a regular basis and in a specific order.  To simplify scheduling of jobstreams, you can enter reschedule information when requesting your jobstream. If the processes within your rescheduled jobstream use an accounting period set by environment variables, then you may run into issues with subsequent runs using an incorrect accounting period. You can find more information about this issue by reading Alert 261305 relating to rescheduled jobstreams. You can review other alerts that affect your Advantage revision by logging into the ACS support website and using the Knowledge Base links at the left. Note that critical alerts are emailed directly …



  • Scott Ghormley: Seasoned Multi-Tasker

    Scott Ghormley's history with Advantage starts before there even was an Advantage Computing Systems.  In 1978, when he was 15 years old, he was hired by Infomatics--one of the precursor companies to ACS--to work in their computer room "flopping tapes and delivering output."  He has come a long way since then.  Scott returned to the company as an intern twice between his first stint and 1986 when he was hired as a full-time employee.  That lasted until 1988.  During his time away, Scott spent four years in the IT department at Domino's Pizza, and also worked as a consultant and network engineer at a variety of Detroit-area based companies (including Lotus Notes Development). Scott returned to ACS in 1997, this time as a lead engineer in the group led by Karl …



  • Advantage Welcomes Laurin Publishing

      We are very happy to welcome Laurin Publishing to the family of Advantage publishers. Laurin Publishing specializes in the photonics industry.  Photonics is a term encompassing the fields of optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing.  Founded in 1954 by a retired Eastman Kodak physicist, the company was purchased by current president Tom Laurin's parents in 1967 and became Laurin Publishing.  Laurin Publishing has 80 employees and is headquartered in Pittsfield, Mass., with several editorial and sales branch offices. They publish 3 magazines (Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics and EuroPhotonics), an annual directory (the Photonics Directory) and several e-newsletters. We welcome Laurin Publishing as an Advantage …



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