If you’ve been with Advantage since the early 2000’s, you recall when the release naming convention had two or three—sometimes more—numbers, such as 7.2.3, for example, and the numbers incremented with each release. In 2003, we switched to a year/revision naming convention starting with 2003R1. Now we’re making another change, primarily because we’ve updated our method of delivering software to clients.
Starting with 2013R1, we deliver software updates through deployment packages. These packages allow you to review the latest patches and download them on an automatic schedule, or at a time of your choosing. The installation of a deployment package is done simply by running a process. It’s really easy!
We thought this was such a good idea that we used it as a stepping-stone to more …
These Advantage features will be available in the summer of 2014. Contact your Advantage account manager for more information.
Back Up and Change Previous Phase in MSTFST: Previously, during MSTFST order entry you could not “revisit” a closed and committed entry phase (you were required instead to execute a Change Line once the order line was complete). This limitation has been relaxed, and you are now permitted to back up to earlier phases and make corrections. You thus have the freedom to jump ahead to future phases and/or return to previous phases, as needed. This is available only within certain parameters--for example, it is available only in Add mode, and your data entry layout must be using vertical/horizontal tabs or the expanding/collapsing sections.
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Congratulations to Ogden Publishing who recently completed a successful upgrade of Advantage. Project manager Eric Burbeck reports that it was an incredibly smooth and uneventful cutover. The ACS team included Philippe Rowland, Eva Weissman, Martha Krieg and Larry Kleber.
Tim Swietek, Ogden’s Director of IT, said it was the smoothest cutover ever.
Good work, upgrade teams!
The ACS Product Development department—specifically, the team led by Toby Hartman—recently welcomed Ben Sha as its newest member. Ben is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in computer science.
Ben always knew he would pursue some sort of engineering but didn’t choose his major until he attended his first computer programming class in college. Then he was hooked. He likes computer science because—as he puts it—“you can literally create something out of nothing.” In mechanical or other engineering branches, he explains, you start with an existing product and then work to improve it or add to it. In computer science, however, “it’s all ideas.”
A native of New Jersey, Ben looked at a number of engineering schools and chose to attend the University in …
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 …
For most of the 18 ½ years she has worked at ACS, Martha Krieg has helped Advantage clients with their upgrades, serving as the lead upgrade engineer for a dozen or so projects each year. Martha excels at handling masses of data and detail and she puts these skills to good use in working on upgrades. The initial code compare between the previous version and the new is an exercise in detail which Martha truly enjoys.
Perhaps it is her training in Library Science that makes that kind of detail child’s play to her. A native of Ohio, Martha began her education with a bachelor’s of arts in English from the College Of Wooster in Ohio. She and husband, Larry, then moved to Michigan so that they could attend graduate school at the University of Michigan, and they have lived in the area …
Please stop by the Advantage booth if you will be attending any of the following shows and conferences this spring.
Frankfurt Book Fair, October 8 - 12, Frankfurt, Germany
Media Next, October 20 - 22, New York
Scott Ghormley will take over as manager of the support center on May 1st, replacing Evelyn Acton, who is retiring. Scott’s personality, knowledge of Advantage, and diverse history with ACS and many of our clients make him uniquely qualified to manage the Advantage Support Center team.
Scott’s ACS career began before ACS even existed. As a sophomore in high school, he worked at Infomatics, one of the precursors to T & B Computing, later re-named AdvantageCS. He was an intern at T & B during college and joined full-time upon graduation from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Operations Research and Information Systems. Although he left for almost ten years, working at Domino’s Pizza and other firms, he returned to ACS in 1997.
If Scott doesn’t hold the record for the …
Who hasn’t found themselves with too much work and not enough people? It’s a common scenario in today’s business climate. The next time it happens to you, consider turning to ACS for help. In addition to assisting with the typical Advantage-related tasks such as in-converting new publications, third-party integration projects, implementing new Advantage features, monitoring nightly processing, server configuration and fine-tuning, upgrade projects, testing and training, we have experts ready, willing and eager to help you with a host of additional tasks.
Over the past few years, for example, ACS people have stepped in to work with our clients to manage projects that were not necessarily related to Advantage, perform web development when developers either left or were laid off, …
ACS is pleased to announce that Egmont Sweden is the latest addition to the Advantage client roster. They publish about 60 magazines, mostly consumer, and many for children. Egmont Sweden has the Disney print and distribution license for Europe, and so their offerings include a lot of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Toy Story, etc. comics. They also publish titles for pre-teens. Their adult magazines cover a variety of topics such as travel, style, cooking, interior decorating, celebrity news, and more.
The implementation is currently underway, spearheaded by ACS project manager Daryl Vautour and Klas Persson at Egmont.
Egmont Sweden joins their sister company, Egmont Denmark, which has been an Advantage client since 2009.