How many of us have ever dreamed of having a chiropractor in the family? Or a carpenter? Or a mechanic? As it turns out that neither my wife nor I are any of these things, I have often mused at how nice it would be if one of our offspring would fall in love with such a person. I can just imagine inviting the kids over for dinner and just mentioning a drippy faucet we have in a sink upstairs to the now-fed plumber and hearing those magical words, "Why don't I go and have a look?"
Perhaps others of us wish we had a computer expert in the family. Most of my colleagues with aging parents become the de facto helpdesk for their parents' computer issues. When I go visit my father and watch him at his computer, I am sometimes amazed at the habits humans form which cause us to do …
Have you registered yet for the 2015 Advantage User Group conference (February 11-13 in Lake Buena Vista)? Based on years of feedback from attendees, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll come away with valuable ideas you can implement in your company and new or renewed friendships with your peers from publishing companies around the world.
This year’s focus is on optimizing your use of Advantage and adjusting to a rapidly changing environment. The agenda is action-packed with presentations, panel discussions and roundtables full of useful information and interesting viewpoints. And there will be ample opportunity to relax and socialize with your fellow Advantage users.
Dates: February 11-13, 2015
Location: Holiday Inn – Lake Buena Vista, 1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, …
Abstract: Aller Media’s Swedish operations—located in Helsingborg--recently went live on Advantage, the second country to go live, following the Danish cutover in May.
Aller Media’s Swedish operations—located in Helsingborg--recently went live on Advantage, the second country to go live, following the Danish cutover in May. The remaining countries, Finland and Norway, are soon to follow. Aller Media is the leading publisher of weekly magazines in the Nordic countries with a weekly circulation of approximately 2.7 million issues.
The core Aller team consisted of Lena Nyqvist as the project manager, Anders Myrén as the integrations lead, Marcus Eberhagen as the test lead, Diana Tegnér and Joanna Wieckowska as the fulfillment leads, Madleine Victor as the finance lead, Lotta Björling as the marketing lead, Annelie Andersson as the distribution lead, Charlotte Andersson and Emma Petrisson as the customer service leads, and Tommy Hansen as the lead …
AdvantageCS is pleased to announce our newest client: Talentum. Talentum is a B to B publisher based in Helsinki, Finland. Their history goes back to the year 1938 and the establishment of the financial journal Talouselämä. Talentum provides media, professional literature and online and information services for professionals whose interests include technology, finance, management, health care, advertising and law. Additionally, Talentum implements training courses for these target groups and organizes events of various types. Its key products are magazines, books, online services, training and events.
Talentum operates in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Baltic countries, and Russia. In the Nordic countries, Talentum has a total of some 1.1 million readers of journals and magazines and …
Back in the late 1990s, companies wanted to create their own websites with their own ideas about how the site would be structured, the user experience, and the branding. When we introduced our API to our clients in 1999, we would typically provide some training and documentation to their web team and they would go away happily integrating their website with Advantage using the API. Time marched on and the API became bigger and more comprehensive.
Then in the last couple of years we noticed a trend among our prospects and clients. Companies were no longer content to take on an API with over 5,000 methods, which ours has. They wanted a platform which was already integrated with Advantage through the API. The platform would have built-in eCommerce functions, self-service capabilities, …
American Institute of Physics Publishing is now live on Advantage, after a comprehensive implementation project. This migration marks a major milestone for AIP Publishing. One of the world’s largest publishers of scientific information in physics and the related sciences, AIP Publishing offers publishing services for the American Institute of Physics and AIP Member Society publishing partners. AIP Publishing’s suite of publications includes 17 journals, three of which are published in partnership with other organizations; magazines, including AIP’s flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series.
The AIP Publishing’s publishing partners include:
Acoustical Society of America
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Association of …
Congratulations to Agora Publishing who recently went live on the 2014r1 release of Advantage. This release includes Call Center, a major new feature (see related story in this newsletter).
More than 200 users were in the system and going strong within 24 hours of cutover, and both groups are to be commended for their hard work.
The Agora Publishing team was led by Suzanne Earley for both the upgrade and Call Center Development. Tim Dodge and Nikki Miller helped lead the Call Center integration. Several others helped to see both projects through.
On the ACS side, many people were involved over the course of the project, but key players included Stephanie Widrig, project manager, John Moore, lead engineer, Stephen Whitney, supporting engineer, and Larry Kleber, upgrade script …
On this blog back in February, I introduced our eCommerce platform initiative: Cider. I then presented on Cider at the annual user group conferences in New Orleans (March) and Copenhagen (April). For those needing a refresher, Cider is a feature-rich eCommerce platform that offers powerful shopping cart and self-service capabilities, a marketing portal for marketers to create and assign promotions, a flexible administration panel for customizing the look and feel of your site, and built-in support for third-party plug-ins. The platform integrates directly with the Advantage engine via a new REST API.
So, six months later, how are things coming along? I'm happy to report that Cider is looking fantastic! We knew we were taking on a big challenge, but Team Cider is firing on all …
PRESENT CHALLENGES (Self-Pity):
In the public sector, employment statistics loom large. Among the AdvantageCS software development team, deployment statistics are a far bigger concern. Throughout all the years I’ve worked with Advantage, tools and techniques for installing and upgrading the software have been a constant, if unheralded, focus. Ever since the cutover to .NET, though, there has been a distinct upward trend in the attention we pay to smoothly and successfully installing our software on clients' servers and integrating it with their customizations.
In this post I will recap recent developments and describe coming attractions.Before getting into that, though, permit me to indulge in just a bit of self-pity about what a challenge we face. When I think about the behemoths …
Aller Media’s Danish operations are now live on Advantage, with Sweden, Finland, and Norway soon to follow. Aller Media is the leading publisher of weekly magazines in the Nordic countries with a weekly circulation of approximately 2.7 million issues.
At the onset of this multi-level, multi-phase complex project a year and a half ago, the Aller team set a go-live date of 19 May, 2014. And due to the hard work and long hours put in by many Aller and ACS people, that deadline was met.
The core Aller project team included staff with lead roles from across the business and included: Susanne Karll as the project manager, Martin Paluszewski as the integrations and IT lead, Maria Mortensen and Camilla Mørch as the customer service leads, Kirsten Wandall as the marketing and …