Join your fellow Advantage users in Austin, TX next February for a fantastic time of learning, sharing, networking and fun! The conference will be at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown and there are lots of fun things to do close by. You won’t want to miss it!
Mark your calendar now---details of the conference will be coming soon.
It’s been a little over a year since the groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Wayfair vs. South Dakota court case. In short, the decision expanded the taxable landscape across the United States. States are no longer bound by the physical presence requirement set by the 1992 Quill court case. Effectively, this means that states can start requiring sales and use tax for everyone that meets an economic nexus.
There are a lot of one-year-later posts by experts that provide great overviews. Try Accounting Today , Wolters Kluwer (my favorite) or Digital Commerce 360. This Bloomberg (PDF) survey is also interesting.
This decision affects nearly all Advantage clients; even our non-USA based clients that sell into the USA are subject to the new rules. (We do …
Back in the 1990s, I worked in technology sales and service in a developing country. The Requests for Proposals we received for technology needs (hardware, software, networks, training, support) went to a number of competing companies, one of which was owned by a powerful political regime in the country at the time. Upon submitting our bids, we were regularly dismayed at how this competitor could underbid us, given that we were dealing with tiny margins. It turned out that this competitor did not have to pay import duties on any imported hardware due to their political connections. They also paid a mole inside our company to send them a copy of our bids before they were submitted.
When we discovered the first problem, i.e. that we had to pay import duties and they didn’t, we realized …
Congratulations to The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) who went live on Advantage this past week. This go-live completes the second phase of the IET's program called Know Your Customer (KYC). This phase involved the implementation of Advantage as the IET’s new sales order processing system, with integrations to other applications in the IET’s ecosystem.
The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions, with over 168,000 members worldwide in 150 countries. Their products and services include more than two dozen journals, E&T Magazine, books, guides, webinars, regulations, job boards, videos and a vast digital library. They also provide services to the industry such as expert advice to the UK’s Parliament, Government and other agencies on engineering-related …
We are very pleased to welcome Nicole Stark to the Advantage family. Nicole is not exactly a newcomer, as she was an intern here full-time last summer and part time during the school year. She officially joined AdvantageCS in May, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BBA, including a minor in computer science. Nicole is hoping to return to school for a master’s degree in computer science.
Nicole is the newest member of the Program Services group led by Doug Moore. As an intern, she worked on revamping the support site for clients and some of that work continues today. However, she is also working on Cider implementation projects, helping clients with their setup, especially of promotions. The first Cider project where she served as the lead just had a successful go- …
We recently wrapped up our 9th annual fundraiser for Hope Clinic, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing compassionate and practical help to those in need. Our relationship with Hope Clinic goes way back, as the organization was founded by Dr. Dan Heffernan, the late father of our Vice President & Chief Product Manager, Dan Heffernan.
Thirty-seven years later, Hope Clinic’s mission is to make lives better through holistic care. In practice, this means free health and social services for thousands of people across southeastern Michigan. Last year, Hope Clinic provided the following in four key areas:
Medical — 3,300 individuals with medical services
Dental — 3,800 dental visits
Food — 8,700 grocery trips & 5,400 hot meals
Care & Prayer — countless!
This year, we are …
The pace of Cider implementations continues to accelerate as more and more Advantage clients choose to make the move. Eleven clients are now live on Cider, with nearly 100 websites, marketing myriad items including digital, print, continuity programs, books and other products. Six more clients are in the process of implementing the eCommerce platform.
“Without a doubt, Cider was a HUGE win for Informa and Advantage,” says Carver Bonine, Business Systems Engineer at Informa, who went live on Cider earlier this year. “The team all went above and beyond to make this work---and work well---for us. Ultimately, it was AdvantageCS’ commitment to the Cider platform and determination to get Informa live on Cider that led to our success.”
Cider offers a marketing portal for speedy creation …
Last week, AdvantageCS staff and their family members gathered for our annual company picnic. After enjoying dinner at headquarters, we traveled to downtown Detroit to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Toronto Bluejays. It was the 8th annual "Pink Out the Park" honoring breast cancer survivors and raising awareness of breast health. The first 10,000 attendees received a pink visor. Though the home team fared poorly and ominous weather threatened to rain on our parade, everyone had a marvelous time. Take a look at the photos!
We are pleased to welcome Nicole Mehmedovich to AdvantageCS. She comes to us with an exceptionally wide range of skills and experience.
Nicole spent 11 years at Computer Technologies Consultants, a provider of information technology services to commercial and Federal clients. Nicole worked for 7 years at the Department of State, Office of International Visitors in Washington, D.C. where she had a pivotal leadership role in developing the Student and Exchange Visitors Information Systems operation as a new division of the Bureau of International Affairs. She also worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor.
From there, she followed a friend to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she worked as a senior systems analyst for 7 …
Spring is perhaps the biggest trade show season of the year. There are so many that you can’t go to them all and often there are more than one on the same date. Here are some of the events our people attended recently.
Our own Dan Heffernan was one of the featured speakers at ACT 9 at the Magazine Innovation Center at The University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) recently where the theme was "Print Smart. Digital Proud." Dan's talk was titled "It's All About the Data" and he shared some experiences and ideas of how publishers from other sectors, such as newspapers, use data to drive their business growth. ACT 9 brings together magazine publishing industry leaders and journalism students which makes for energetic sessions and networking. AdvantageCS is a sponsor of this annual …
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