We are in the middle of the conference and trade show rush of late spring/early summer as I write this. June, like December, is one of the busiest months of the year with school concerts, plays, final exams, graduations, parties, weddings, anniversaries, Father's Day and, if you're blessed like my family, numerous birthdays. To add to the busyness, The Society for Scholarly Publishing, SIPA and Audience Development all have their annual conferences and exhibitions during the same period. By the time July comes, we're ready for a holiday.
My complaining is really a fraud, however, because the trade shows are enjoyable work. In many of these organizations, the same attendees are there year after year and we have formed friendships and alliances with our colleagues in the information distribution (aka publishing) industry. It's always good to see old friends and acquaintances and catch up on industry news. At two of this year's trade shows, attendance was high, especially given the soft economy and cuts in travel budgets at so many companies.
Certainly one of the reasons for this is that publishers are looking for ways to increase their audience while cutting costs. Many have had to downsize and depend on outsourcing to keep their businesses going. We at ACS are always on the lookout for ways we can help you cut costs through efficiencies, automation, more e-commerce and interfaces with other systems. As your solutions provider, we suggest that you consider taking advantage of some of the ancillary services we can provide. You may not be aware, for example, that you can ask ACS to:
- Perform operations services, such as kicking off processes and monitoring them at night
- Host your system physically in our facility
- Provide customer service and data entry
- Help you with your website design and implementation with our API
- Review your operation and provide cost-saving recommendations
Some of these services, such as operator services, can be provided with little notice and for a temporary period, such as when your operator is on vacation.
We're here to be your partner and to help you be successful. Please contact your account manager to begin the conversation.
On another note, Advantage Computing Systems is celebrating 30 years this month. Surviving 30 years in high technology probably is worth some sort of "staying power" award. Certainly we can claim to be a successful company, having gone 17 straight years without a losing quarter. But we also measure our success by having satisfied customers. You are the reason for our success, and we sincerely appreciate your business and partnership.