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    Summer Interns Make Their Mark

    Finding just the right engineers and analysts is a vital part of growth at AdvantageCS and the intern program has been a great source of excellent employees.  In addition to providing valuable services in their stints as interns, it gives both intern and management staff time to evaluate whether or not the fit is a good one.

    While it’s true that their time with us is short, that often works to our benefit because they are not as distracted by interruptions and other assignments as full-time employees frequently are.

    This year, we are excited to have seven interns with us for the summer, working on many and varied projects all over the company. Let us introduce them to you.

     

    Nicole Bartecki and Rachel Katz (both entering their junior year in industrial operations engineering at the …



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    Our Sunday Visitor Goes Live on Advantage 15

    Congratulations to Our Sunday Visitor who recently upgraded from Advantage 12r1 to 15.0. In addition to the software upgrade, they also moved to a clustered server configuration. And kudos to both teams for making the original cutover date!

    The OSV team included Troy Payton, Dennis Kerlin, Max Sallaz and Beth Hoover. On the AdvantageCS side, major players were Ken Darnell, Stephanie Widrig, Mike Hasey and his team of engineers, and Larry Kleber (AKA “Cutover Master”).

    Congrats to all!



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    Welcome New Employee Chris Long

    The newest member of the AdvantageCS development team led by John Moore, is Chris Long. Chris recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Chris began his college career in the biomedical area, but found that the amount of research work involved was more than he was interested in doing. Programming was much more to his liking and so he switched majors.

    In his brief stint at AdvantageCS, Chris has gotten involved in improving the functionality of the AdvantageCS internal website. He enjoys breaking a large task into smaller pieces and working through each one. The collaborative atmosphere of the AdvantageCS engineering division appeals to Chris---he works well in a group and appreciates having lots of others around …



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    Welcome New Employee David Zick

    David Zick has joined AdvantageCS as a member of the development team led by Paul Sauter. David is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, but he isn’t a stranger to AdvantageCS---he worked here as an intern last summer, and we’re delighted to have him back as a full-time employee.

    Following in the footsteps of more than one member of his family, David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science engineering. His father is a software developer, his older sister earned a degree in industrial operations engineering, and his uncle, Ray Zick, has been a fixture of the engineering department here at AdvantageCS for more than 30 years. 

    Aided by his intern experience, David has hit the ground running. His team employs an agile development method in which tasks are …



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    AdvantageCS Celebrates 36 Years

    Surface Changes Aplenty, Unchanged at the Core

      

    On July 1st, 2015, AdvantageCS celebrated our 36th anniversary. The company was formed in 1979 as a custom software development house by some computer science graduates of the University of Michigan who wanted to stay in Ann Arbor. The first client was a book publisher and the second was a magazine publisher, and almost before they knew it, they were publishing software specialists.

    It is said that in the technology world, the only constant is change. In 36 years, AdvantageCS has gone through four location moves, three company names, four logos, countless hardware platforms (Prime, DEC, multiple Unix flavors, 10 flavors of Windows from 3.11 up through 2012R2), and half a dozen programming languages (from Fortran and COBOL to C#). …



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    European Advantage Users Group meets in London

     

    The 2015 European Advantage User Group meeting was held 15 April at the conveniently located London Paddington Hilton.  Attending were 33 clients representing 12 companies from England, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Portugal.  AdvantageCS was itself “multi-national,” with staff from England and France as well as the United States.

    Dan Heffernan, VP of Sales and Product Direction, led the day and kicked it off with an overview presentation of AdvantageCS news and the roadmap looking ahead.  He highlighted our three newest clients, including Talentum from Finland, who had three representatives at the conference.

    One (of many) entertaining images that Dan showed in his Prezi presentation was a pair of blue jeans, indicating a recent dress code change at the AdvantageCS …



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    Welcome New Employee Stephen Oller

    Stephen Oller has joined AdvantageCS as a business analyst in the Client Services division, reporting to Doug Moore. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw State University, where he studied computer information systems.

    After graduation, he worked as an application developer for a mortgage company and then as a developer in a software consulting firm. His most recent position was in technical support for H & R Block. Stephen found that although he enjoys programming, he prefers a job that offers more contact with other people. The position at ACS allows him to use his technical ability, as well as providing frequent interaction with team members and clients.

    In addition to his technical skills, Stephen enjoys analyzing situations and fixing problems, which is also a …



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    American Psychiatric Association Upgrades to 15.3

    Congratulations to the American Psychiatric Association who recently went live on Advantage 15.3. This means they are now on the continuous update track of Advantage, in which updates are released every four to six weeks.  Clients now have the option of moving to this Feature update track, which eliminates the traditional upgrade project.  Instead, participants get the changes as they become available. (For more information on the continuous update method, see story in the Sept/Oct 2014 eVantage).

    APA’s update also included the implementation of SOAP/Web services and CyberSource with tokens.

    The APA team included Roger Domras, Debra Eurbanks, Christie Couture, Brian Cole, Shruti Kulkarni and Sreeni Reddy.

    Philippe Rowland led the charge on the AdvantageCS side, with assistance from …



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    2015 Advantage Users Group Review

    After the recent user conference, several coworkers inquired as to how it went. Before answering, I asked myself: what really makes a user conference successful? Was it successful because of the many smiles in the room throughout the conference? What about the presentations? The weather? Maybe the end-of-week surveys? In the end, I determined, it all boils down to one thing: relationships. 

    Why is this so important? For one thing, sharing ideas and solving problems are a direct result of building successful relationships. Many of the roundtables demonstrated this. In the upload and upgrade roundtables alone, lessons learned were shared, questions were answered, and creative solutions explored. We also had some excellent presentations and panel discussions that really helped facilitate …



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    European Taxation Change 1/1/15

    Starting 1 January 2015, supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronically supplied services made by EU suppliers to private individuals and non-business customers will be taxable in the member state of the customer. Current rules stipulate that the place of taxation is the supplier’s location, but starting 1 January 2015, this will change to the place of consumption (i.e. the customer’s location).

    Suppliers of such services will therefore need to determine where their customers are established and to account for VAT at the applicable rate in that member state. This is a requirement irrespective of where the supplier itself is established or registered for VAT.

    If your organization is located in the EU and you are using the Advantage taxation feature, this means you will …



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