Change Creates Cutovers
One constant in any software environment is change. New tools, new techniques, and new applications are appearing almost daily. Implementing something new inevitably means there will be a cutover. Cutover efforts involve stopping production operations on a current system and installing something different. For some initiatives, this is a small effort and can be accomplished during normal business hours. For other larger, enterprise-wide initiatives, this means evenings and weekends. Some projects plan for three-day weekends to limit the downtime on production operations during “normal” business hours.
High Stakes, Short Timeframe
These large projects usually have months of effort that have preceded the cutover. Often, the success of the project is …
Is One Subscription Just Like Any Other?
In discussions about the concept of subscriptions, I sometimes hear the suggestion that Advantage address market segments other than publishing and content providers. "If you know how to manage a subscription, you should be able to handle any flavor of it," they say. Trendy concepts such as "product-service systems" (PSS) or pronouncements of the rise of the "subscription economy" seem to indicate a new “golden age.” Meanwhile, I remain cautious. As those who know subscriptions well are aware, all subscription systems are not created equal.
How Did Subscriptions Begin?
The etymology of the French word that means subscriptions, «abonnement" (also used in many other languages), comes from Latin a bornare, which could be translated to "put …
During the last week of June, a "wind of panic" blew across the French publishing market. A major service bureau, GLI, encountered a bug that prohibited access to data. "No problem, let's restore from a previous backup," you may have thought. But it appears that no backup was available, according to "En Contact", the online site that posted this news. Large publishers like Les Echos, Le Point, Le Figaro, Libération and others, had to face an unprecedented situation. For more than two weeks, nearly all their websites displayed a maintenance message if one tried to subscribe. GLI finally succeeded in restoring the data from their defective bay.
Secure With Advantage
The good news with this event is that you are on Advantage, and your servers are at your site, or at a chosen vendor. And …
I am excited to announce that Members Advantage, our new membership offering, is available this August. Consultants, clients, and prospects collaborated with us to produce a top-notch solution, suited for large, complex organizations as well as smaller clubs.
AdvantageCS has long been recognized for excellent publishing software solutions. First developed in the late 1970s for a book publisher, followed by a magazine publisher, Advantage has evolved into a suite of products which manage everything from digital entitlements to subscriptions to ebook sales to conference registrations to continuity series to donations, and on the list goes.
And now we’ve enhanced our membership management capabilities to meet the needs of enthusiast clubs, non-profits, professional associations and …
Technology companies are known for lots of employee turnover. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average employee tenure for tech companies is around 3 years. Here at AdvantageCS, however, the average tenure is 10 years. Here are two employees’ opinions on why this is.
Why Does AdvantageCS Exist?
About a year ago, Dan Heffernan, one of our VP's, explored this question at a few company-wide meetings (we call them Company Coffees). Summarizing his words, he reminded us that we exist to create quality solutions that our clients can use to advance their businesses.
But is that our complete purpose? Isn’t another important aspect of our mission to create a healthy work environment for our employees? Indeed, we desire to serve our clients by providing …
Did you know that at least 20% of all travel is for business purposes? With 30% of our clients based overseas, AdvantageCS employees certainly contribute to that statistic.
One of our most traveled project managers, Levi Hyssong (pictured), logs at least 12 weeks per year on the road. Levi not only enjoys traveling; he sees the value. “Being onsite with our clients is one of the most effective ways to make progress on a project, so it’s good to see the outcome of the time spent.”
We asked Levi, and pulled from our own travel experiences, to come up with our top ten tips & tricks for business travelers. Hope they come in handy on your next trip.
1) Be prepared. Keep your travel-sized toiletries and other essentials packed and ready to go so that you don’t have to repack them every …
Here are just a few new Advantage features that are either available now or will be soon. Contact your Advantage account manager for more information.
Suspend/Nonpay Cancel All Related Service: You can set up an agreement to bill-suspend and/or nonpay cancel all components based on the suspension/cancellation of any single component. For example, if a print subscription under an agreement is bill-suspended, you can cause all other subscriptions in the agreement to be bill-suspended in parallel, as well as the containing agreement itself. The same handling is available for nonpay cancels.
Print Subscription Bill-suspends and Triggering Term: When a print subscription debit for a past (or future) term reaches a bill-suspend effort, some clients may wish to suspend all service, …
Good project managers are a breed apart. And good project management is crucial to our business success, obviously for our own software development, but even more importantly for supporting our new clients implementing Advantage. We've found through our many years of experience, despite the level of intelligence and experience of our engineers and business analysts, some got the gene, and others, well, just didn't. Rather than keep trying to train the ones who ain't got it, we find it's much better to become good at spotting the natural PMs; the ones just born that way. Give them some free rein to ply the skills that come naturally, step back, and enjoy the show. Like the test pilots in the movie The Right Stuff, these folks have what it takes and are a pleasure to watch in action. …
In preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece built over 20 new facilities to host the various events. The cost to construct these facilities climbed into the billions of Euros. Only twelve years after the close of those games, a large number of them are rarely used or totally neglected.
Putting aside the question of whether those now-obsolete venues were a worthwhile investment, at least they were completed in time to reap some amount of return. The host city of the upcoming Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro, is at risk of not completing all venues on time. Imagine such an investment not even being completed in time for the short period in which it is needed.
On a more personal level, we can all recall times when we’ve spent a significant amount on something that …
Aller Media hosted the annual meeting of the European Advantage Users Group in mid-April at their office in Copenhagen. Thirty-five users from eight companies and seven countries gathered for two days to get updates on the Advantage product roadmap, to attend feature workshops, and, of course, to meet and network with other clients.
After a warm welcome from Aller’s IT Director for Business Solutions, Svend Erik Hansen, AdvantageCS VP of Sales and Marketing Dan Heffernan kicked off the meeting with a presentation on Advantage News and Strategic Direction. Dan reviewed our current projects and how they address the challenges our clients face in a rapidly changing industry. He also pointed out the many channels through which our clients can keep up with AdvantageCS news: our blog, …