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    ACS Welcomes Ouest France

    ACS is pleased to announce that Ouest France is the latest publisher to choose Advantage.  Ouest France is a large regional newspaper company based in Rennes in Brittany.  They publish 4 daily papers and their flagship--called Ouest France--is the largest daily newspaper in France, with 800,000 copies and 44 editions a day.    Implementation has already begun and the ACS project team includes Levi Hyssong (project manager), Philippe van Mastrigt (project director), and Karl Davis (lead engineer). For Ouest France, the team includes Antoine Péculier (project manager), Jean-Dominique Hardy (project director), Anne-Yvonne Surel, (IT project manager) and Laurence Cuchard (system administrator).  We welcome Ouest France to  the Advantage community. http://www.ouest-france. …



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    Second European Client Meeting Held

    On May 18, ACS hosted a meeting of the Advantage clients in the European region in London.  The purpose of the meeting was to update the EU-region clients on ACS activities and strategy, future software direction, new features in our latest release of the software, and to provide an opportunity for networking with other ACS clients.  18 attendees representing 10 clients were present.  Dan Heffernan hosted the meeting and gave a presentation on news, strategy and software futures.  This was followed by a presentation on direct debit progress by Chris Elson (Saga) and Bob Thornton (ACS).  Philippe Van Mastrigt presented and discussed new features in the 2010r1 release of Advantage, with an eye to those features which are of unique interest to Advantage users in the EU …



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    New Employee: Virginie Motte

    ACS is pleased to welcome Virginie Motte as a new employee.  She is working with Philippe van Mastrigt, Director of European Operations, and is based in Paris.  Currently, Virginie is providing operational support to Bayard Presse, assisting them with campaign and renewal set-up.  In addition, she is in charge of setting up and maintaining the French Translation of Advantage User Manuals.  Virginie has worked at Bayard for the past two years, and handled fulfillment.  She also worked on the VPC project, converting to Advantage.  Prior to that, she worked in the supply chain, helping to implement sales forecast software, and also worked as a customer service manager for a subsidiary of company TOTAL, French main oil company.  In joining ACS, Virginie …



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    Financial Accounting Foundation GASB Website Launched on Advantage

    The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) website store launched successfully on Advantage in mid-April.  GASB establishes standards of financial accounting and reporting for state and local governmental entities.  The project lasted a little over a month and a half.             On FAF's side, the team included Jim Lapinski and FAF website consultants.  Work on the ACS side was done by Molly Mathe and Greg Sharp.  Congratulations on a successful go-live!



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    How the Advantage Launch Pad Benefits You

    With the 2010r1 release of Advantage, it is now easier to manage multiple Advantage configurations from a single location, including a new mechanism for users to launch the Advantage application.  This enhancement follows an industry-standard approach, and is called the Advantage Launch Pad.   In prior releases, the configuration settings for individual areas were located in client and server-side configuration text files (Advantag.ini).  These plain-text files, located on each and every workstation as well as the application server, were prone to users or processes inadvertently deleting or compromising them. These configuration files could also have problems if they become out of synch with global INI file or other application settings. The new …



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    Scott Ghormley: Seasoned Multi-Tasker

    Scott Ghormley's history with Advantage starts before there even was an Advantage Computing Systems.  In 1978, when he was 15 years old, he was hired by Infomatics--one of the precursor companies to ACS--to work in their computer room "flopping tapes and delivering output."  He has come a long way since then.  Scott returned to the company as an intern twice between his first stint and 1986 when he was hired as a full-time employee.  That lasted until 1988.  During his time away, Scott spent four years in the IT department at Domino's Pizza, and also worked as a consultant and network engineer at a variety of Detroit-area based companies (including Lotus Notes Development). Scott returned to ACS in 1997, this time as a lead engineer in the group led by Karl …



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    Advantage Welcomes Laurin Publishing

      We are very happy to welcome Laurin Publishing to the family of Advantage publishers. Laurin Publishing specializes in the photonics industry.  Photonics is a term encompassing the fields of optics, lasers, imaging, fiber optics, electro-optics and photonics component manufacturing.  Founded in 1954 by a retired Eastman Kodak physicist, the company was purchased by current president Tom Laurin's parents in 1967 and became Laurin Publishing.  Laurin Publishing has 80 employees and is headquartered in Pittsfield, Mass., with several editorial and sales branch offices. They publish 3 magazines (Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics and EuroPhotonics), an annual directory (the Photonics Directory) and several e-newsletters. We welcome Laurin Publishing as an Advantage …



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    Advantage Welcomes Value Line

    We are extremely pleased to welcome Value Line as a new Advantage client.  Value Line is a New York corporation founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard.  The company serves both individual and professional investors with investment research and data, and it is best known for publishing The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment newsletters.  Its well-known Timeliness Ranking System ranks stocks on a scale of 1 to 5 for probable market performance over the next 6 to 12 months. The company also produces numerous specialized print and online investment publications and information services covering mutual funds, convertible securities, options, special situations and more. We welcome Value Line to the …



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    ACS is Your Partner in Change

    Death, taxes and change.  The human certainties.  Change is constant.  Who could possibly argue with this, especially now?  So much is changing:  technology, business models, advertising, communication, housing prices, dietary restrictions, airline fees, the accelerator in my Toyota…I'll stop here.  It is indisputable that change in our industry is occurring.  But where the change will take us is probably at the forefront of every CEO's mind.  Is it just me, or is there a new buzzword out just about every week now?  It wasn't that long ago that I hadn't heard of "monetizing" or "cloud computing" or "chatter."  I find myself using Wikipedia more than ever before as our engineers casually mention a new acronym each time we meet.  More and …



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    Congratulations to Motor, NAR and APA on Recent Upgrades

    Upgrade activity was busy in recent months as a number of clients moved to new releases of Advantage.  MOTOR went live on Advantage 10 R1 in early April and, due to their thorough testing procedures, the go live was nearly flawless.  Todd Ladson, Motor's Director of Financial Services, had this to say to ACS:  "I just wanted to drop a note to let you know how smoothly MOTOR's upgrade to 2010R1 went.  With Paul DesRosiers' leadership throughout the process and the support of your employees such as PhilippeRowland, Larry Kleber, Martha Krieg and of course, my favorite, Ken Darnell, the upgrade went extremely smooth.  We have been live for the last 2 ½ weeks with no problems at all (and I mean no problems)." National Auto Research (Black Book) upgraded from 200 …



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