Contact us to schedule a demo or ask a question to learn how AdvantageCS can help you.
  • The Bountiful Benefits of Regular Upgrades

    Here are some of the benefits you can experience by upgrading to new releases of Advantage regularly. Enhanced Efficiency  Regular upgrades bring new efficiencies to streamline workflow.    Some recent examples: ·         New UI displays are more intuitive and easier to learn and train on. ·         MSTDAT/FST and INVDAT/FST allow scripting to speed entry of new items and updates to existing items. ·         The single Process Request Display is more intuitive and easier to use, allowing reports, processes, and jobstreams to be scheduled in one place at one time. Revenue Opportunities Expanded Regular upgrades provide enhancements to revenue generating modules. Some recent examples: ·         Enhanced package …



  • Motor Information Systems Has Advantage Under the Hood

    MOTOR Information Systems is the world's premier supplier of automotive data.  In business since 1903, MOTOR has compiled a vast knowledge base - most of which is categorized by year, make, model, engine, VIN and AAIA vehicle classification. The company provides millions of data points to its customers, which include software and/or interactive developers who need automotive data to drive their end user applications, business owners who need parts and labor data for accurate repair estimating and technicians who need the most current automotive reference materials to diagnose and repair any vehicle that comes into their shop. It's no surprise that the methods of compiling and then distributing that data have changed drastically since the company's …



  • Boy Scouts Approach Centennial – and Upgrade Advantage

    The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years of Scouting in February 2010.  This year has been a busy one for the Scouts as they have planned events all across the country to commemorate the upcoming milestone.   They also recently went live on a new revision of Advantage, which involved a platform migration as well. The upgrade project was an ambitious one, moving from Advantage 2003R1 to 2009R1 plus a migration from UNIX Oracle to Windows and SQL Server.  It went smoothly and was heralded as a great success by both ACS and the Boy Scouts.  The data port and upgrade scripts were completed in about 40 hours, which allowed the Boy Scouts to upgrade within a normal two-day weekend. The benefits have been remarkable, including: o   Using multi-queues, …



  • Removing The Clutter! Maintaining a Clean Advantage System Using Advantage Purge Processes

    Fall is here in Michigan. The carefree lazy days of summer have faded away.  For some of us, it's time to adjust to new schedules, figure out how to juggle kids' school, and make that difficult transition to a season of much shorter and colder days.  For me, the fun part about fall is shopping for new clothes.  Of course, before I cram my closets with new outfits, I need to get rid of the old stuff.  A clean closet holding only the essentials keeps me organized and moving efficiently every morning – important when you have two kids who ask for more sugar on top of their Count Chocula! I've found that those same principles of cutting clutter in order to operate more efficiently at home also apply to Advantage.  And, it's with that thought that I hope to inspire you to also tune- …



  • Oxford University Press

    Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the University of Oxford, is the world's largest and most international university press. Their mission is to fulfill the University's objective of excellence in education, scholarship, and research. They believe in bringing the highest quality educational resources to the widest possible audience. Founded in 1478, OUP has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and journals.  Currently they publish more than 6,000 new publications a year. OUP approached …



  • Ray Zick: Problem Solving With A Smile

    Some people are natural problem solvers and Ray Zick is definitely one of them, although he prefers to call it solving puzzles.  As the manager of the upgrades and IT department, he is exposed to plenty of puzzles that need to be solved.  Ray can be counted on to do what needs to be done, whatever it may be, and he does so cheerfully and with an unflappable demeanor. "I've known Ray for a long time," says Joe Wixted of Our Sunday Visitor.  "He taught me how to program in RepDef in the early '90s.  Ray's one of those guys that, if you ask him a question and he doesn't know the answer (which I've found to be a rare occasion!), he'll work tirelessly to get the answer.  His "If you can repeat it, we can defeat it!" phrase is legendary!" And, …



  • Niche Digital Conference Report

    About 200 people gathered in Minneapolis in September for the first Niche Digital Conference.  As one of the event sponsors, ACS attended the conference which was chock-full of the latest in the world of digital publishing.  The conference offered tracks for CEO/Publishers, Advertising Directors/Sales and Content and Audience Development and covered topics such as "Turning Clicks to Cash," "How the Heck Do You Sell Digital?" and "Get Your SEO Groove On."  It's important to us as a vendor to support the industry and conferences like this one serve double duty because they help us to keep current with the changes and developments in the publishing world, which is another important goal.  Meeting and talking with publishers helps us to decide what enhancements …



  • Training Week 2009: Lean But Productive

    The annual Advantage Training Week was held September 15-18, at the ACS office in Ann Arbor.  Courses included key Advantage operations areas such as Maximizing Personnel Efficiency and Powerful Contact Management … as well as sessions on Marketing Analysis Reports and Financial Management within Advantage.  In addition, a half-day User Forum addressed the concept of Product Families, Hierarchy, and Granularity.  The User Forum topic was chosen in response to continued high interest among ACS clients in the Access Management and Billing and Business Intelligence Modules. ACS remains committed to offering training sessions that address the topics that are of highest interest to our clients.  While attendance this year was less than we hoped for, virtually all who were unable …



  • Using Related Items

    There may be times when you have an item that cannot be purchased separately, but must be included with another item, for instance personalization services, shrink-wrapping, or logos.  Advantage uses the related items feature to handle cases like this, and prohibits the entry of a related item.  It must be added with another item. Set-up of related item Related items are set up at INVDAT like any other item.  However, the related item check box must be checked.  You must also set up a warehouse record for the item.  Depending on the nature of the related item, it can either be stocked in inventory or set up as a non-stocked item. Adding Related Item to Order After adding the primary item to the order, you …



  • Update on the Advertising Module

    So, you ask: "What happened with all those great ideas generated at the Advertising Forum in May of 2008?" (Previously reported in the June 2008 eVantage) I'm glad you asked!  Here is a summary by release. 2009r1   In this first release of the year, ADM's financial accounting feature was converted to use account mappings. 2009r2   This release provides a new ADMDAT workspace and simplifies the order database for reporting. 2009r3   ADM's Short-rate/Rebate feature is added to the ADMDAT workspace in this release. Certainly the star of the show is the ADMDAT workspace, which replaces six screens that contained over 100 different functions ? one screen alone had 41 different functions.  This "new-style" screen allows you to do all your Advertising …



  • ...
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • ...