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  • 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 …



  • Advantage Welcomes Duke University Press

    We are extremely pleased to welcome Duke University Press as a new Advantage client.  Duke University Press publishes more than 40 academic journals and 120 new book titles each year.  This places the Press's journals publishing program among the five largest and the books publishing program among the twenty largest at American university presses.  …



  • The Advantage Website Interface Module

    Are you familiar with the Website Interface module?  Lots of clients are using it, but some aren't!!  How can that be?  For all of us, here is a reminder of what this module can do for your organization. The WEB module provides an application programming interface (API), allowing access to the Advantage application from your website(s).  Through this API, on-line, real-time interactions can be conducted in a secure manner between your Advantage production system and your website Its comprehensive features include: ·         Online, real-time entry of orders, and access to subscription, order, and payment data.   Your customers can: view their accounts and order records as of this moment in time; check the status of their product orders; order or renew a …



  • Mona Hidayet: A Technical People-Person

    Mona has always had an aptitude for the technical and, at one time, she considered pursuing a graduate degree in MIS (Master of Information Systems).  This was right out of college as she started her first job, when the companyimplemented a CRM system and the project did not go smoothly.  Mona knew that there were better ways to run projects and she decided to go back to school and learn them.  She determined, however, that being a programmer wouldn't provide her with enough interaction with people and so opted to earn an MBA with a focus on information systems.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Mona worked as an Opportunity Development Representative for a financial software company.  This experience helped her to hone her sales skills, as developing and …



  • How to Force a Shipped Order into Backorder

    Although it's a rare occurrence, sometimes when you place an order, there will be a quantity in stock that is no longer there when the order finally posts via PRO205. In these cases, the shipped quantity on the order is set, but since the warehouse does not have enough stock to fulfill it, the PRO205 will not post the order. The PRO205.REPORT will give the error message "Not enough quantity available to fill this order." The steps below illustrate how to force these order lines into backorder. Forcing an order line to backorder Route to MSTDAT/PRO. Search for the order. Use the CS function to change the order status from I to P. Highlight the line in error and use the CQ function to change the shipped qty to 0. Answer …



  • 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 …



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