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  • Liturgy Training Publications Goes Live on Advantage

    Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), a not-for-profit agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago, recently went live on Advantage.  Chuck Lorenz served as the LTP project manager, aided by Deanna Keefe, and JohnThomas provided executive sponsorship.  The go-live date was set for early January to avoid LTP's busy season at yearend. Eric Burbeck acted as the ACS project manager, directed by Mike Miklosovic.  Barbara Smith served as lead engineer and several others, including Angie Markel, Bill Pinard and Levi Hyssong provided assistance. LTP publishes materials for use in Catholic churches, schools, and by Catholic individuals and families.  In addition to several magazines and journals LTP primarily publishes and distributes books. They market via direct mail, their …



  • Philippe Rowland – Hard Work and Laughter

    Mention Philippe Rowland and the first things people bring up are his ready smile and booming laugh.  That infectious laugh can be heard all across the ACS office space and you can't help but smile when you hear it.  But although Philippe does have a great sense of humor, he isn't all just fun and games.  His serious side comes out when he is given a project to manage and there is nothing he likes better than defining a new project and coming up with a plan to make it work.  Philippe enjoys gathering the project team and setting the expectations before diving in to the work.  He learns something from each project he tackles, because he says that each one is a little different. "Working with Philippe on a regular basis for the last several years has enabled …



  • More 2010R1 Highlights!

    Advantage 2010R1 has tons of useful new features and functionality, including: ·         With this release, you can incorporate the following into your premium fulfillment flow: 1) you can send a premium set to the referring customer on the order (as opposed to either the bill-to or ship-to); and 2) you can impose a "lifetime maximum" on either premium sets or regular premiums?effectively limiting how many times a given customer may receive the premium set/regular premium on the current order, and across all orders going forward. ·         A customer service pop-up has been added to the Subscription Lookup dialog, which allows you to estimate the price of a subscription given the following input parameters: location, copies, delivery code, and optional promotion code …



  • AUG Meeting in The Big Easy--2010

    Fifty people descended on the New  Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans January 13 - 15 for the annual Advantage User Group meeting.  The 41 clients representing 23 different companies were joined by 9 representatives from ACS.   Although the conference officially opened on Wednesday night, three discussion sessions were planned for Wednesday afternoon for early arrivals and almost everyone attended them.  Attendees had their choice of "XML ICEDIS Standards for Academic Publishers," led by Andy Wright of Oxford University Press, assisted by Dan Heffernan of ACS, or "Implementing Marketing Strategies in Advantage," led by Nikki Lorenz of Kalmbach, aided by Phil Montgomery of ACS.  Much meaningful discussion took place during these highly interactive …



  • Ogden Publications, Inc. Goes Green

    Ogden Publications, a consumer magazine publisher located in Topeka, Kansas, publishes magazines and books for people interested in self-sufficiency, sustainability, rural lifestyles and farm memorabilia.  Their magazine titles include Mother Earth News, Utne Reader, Natural Home, The Herb Companion, Grit, Capper's, Motorcycle Classics, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, and Good Things to Eat. The company also offers select products to its readers, including insurance and financial services. Ogden is a company that practices what it preaches in its office building and publishing operations.  Their numerous green initiatives in recent years include installing solar tubes to supplement with natural light and eliminating artificial light where possible, …



  • ACS: Your Adaptability Partner for the 2010’s

    Ten years ago, as we crossed the millennium threshold, big changes were in the wind for print publishing.   Ecommerce and digital content were visions of growing clarity. Prognosticators abounded, but there was no clear industry direction. Many of our clients were waiting to see what other publishers would do to try and make money with digital content on the web, and what technologies would prevail. Amid much uncertainty, ACS developed several strategies that provided our clients with a competitive advantage: Keep Advantage functionality abreast of the known new developments, such as PCI, direct debit, 24x7 processing, and business intelligence. Aggressively pursue growing industry shifts where publishers could continue to …



  • Dave Rees: Enterprising Engineer

    Although Dave Rees is a 17-year veteran at ACS, the years are not consecutive.  He was first hired as a new college graduate in 1988.  He worked at ACS (then T & B Computing) for two years in the Trackstar group, a product line that has since been phased out.  He left ACS for a few years and, in the interim, he worked at Unisys and then at a small software company that developed electronic communication software for auto manufacturers and their vendors.  Dave returned to ACS in 1995 and joined the development group led by Karl Davis.  He did a lot of work with Farm Journal, as well as other clients, and then became a lead engineer, working on implementation projects such as Weekly Reader, Massachusetts Medical Society and National Auto Research. …



  • Happy New Year, Advantage Community!

    It's a busy time of year, but as you make that transition into the new decade, please remember to do your Advantage end-of-year processing. If you missed the Advantage End of Year Reminder Alert, you can find it here. If you are not currently receiving email alerts, but would like to, simply send a request to support@advantagecs.com asking …



  • First Release of 2010 Offers Cool New Features

    Advantage 2010R1 is full of new functionality and cost-saving features.  Here are some highlights: Auto-renewal Chains --With this release, you can set up auto-renewal "chains," which will allow you to step a customer through a series of structured offers with each CIR350 auto-renewal of the subscription.  For example, the initial offer might be for a basic rate, while term 2 steps the customer up in price, and term 3 offers a "loyalty" premium.  The feature makes use of subscription choices for defining the offers, and the pricing for each step in the chain is up to you. Automatic Migration Path --You can now use the Advantage inventory package feature to set up an "automatic migration" structure, …



  • Harcourt Religion Publishers Goes Live on Advantage

    A Recent Acquisition of Our Sunday Visitor Acquired by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing in June, 2009, Harcourt Religion Publishers, now referred to as Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, recently completed its conversion and went live on Advantage.  The acquisition has …



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