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    Problem Solving and Growth

    From our inception, there has been an attitude at ACS which I’ll call “can-solve.” It means we go all-out to come up with innovative solutions to business challenges. Recently, I overheard an experienced business analyst explaining to a newer analyst out in the hallway late one Friday that “we can’t just leave this problem over the weekend for Monday. We need to take care of it. Not solving it is not an option around here.” I was struck by how eloquently the experienced ACS'er encapsulated our culture. We bend over backwards to help our clients. We take problem-solving very seriously, both professionally and personally. In fact, it’s that ACS “ownership” of the problem which our clients say makes them trust us and stay with us. Forgive me for tooting our …



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    Advantage 2012r2: Software Without Borders

    Every 10 years or so we invest deeply in the product to move it forward to a new platform.  We are just completing the final touches on Advantage 2012r2 (available 6/30) which brings Advantage fully into the .NET environment.  This technology leap is a springboard for further development of Advantage in all kinds of directions.  It removes the borders around the software and opens up vast possibilities for integration, globalization, and deployment.

    As a non-technical guy, let me explain what this means.

    First of all, we are not announcing a new product which our clients will have to re-license.  Our clients’ licenses to Advantage are a protected investment.  We always provide an upgrade path to the latest release, and this huge leap forward is no exception.  Our clients will have a …



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    An Informal Survey on the State of Publishing

     

    During the holidays, we attended the requisite round of get-togethers with family and friends.  This year, my family hosted four events, which actually made all the cleaning and decorating worthwhile.

    My conversations frequently migrated to publishing and information technology.  While sampling the wine and cheese pairings, I noted a number of common topics that were on the minds of my small, statistically-challenged sampling of the general public.  

    Why are bookstores going out of business?

    My sample noted   that bookstores are now hosting special events or selling video games, candles, collectibles, board games, jigsaw puzzles, coffee, and sandwiches rather than selling books.   New library branches appear to have more computers than books.

    All of my classes now use course packs. …



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