When Advantage moved to .NET in 2012, it paved the way for Unicode. Unicode is a computer industry standard that enables the use of other characters in addition to Latin, such as Cyrillic, Hindi, Japanese or Chinese. In its recent upgrade to 2016.0, Bayard took "Advantage" of these new capabilities to address the needs of its Hong Kong Subsidiary, Bayard Asia. For the first time, thanks to Bayard, Chinese characters are displayed on Advantage user screens. Awesome!
Bayard has had a presence in Asia since 1977, operating mainly from Hong-Kong. There, it publishes 5 magazines in traditional Chinese (Little Toy Car, Little Red Apple, Little Red Panda, Red Apple and White Antelope), and also markets 6 publications in English, from the "Box" collection (Story Box, Adventure Box, …
Forty people from 12 different clients gathered in Ann Arbor last week for the first Advantage Academy. The academy was a 3-day workshop centered around Advantage, with the goal of providing practical, hands-on experience that attendees take away with them to implement in their own organizations.
Attendees participated in a morning and an afternoon session for each of the three days and could choose from more than a dozen topics. These included Promotions/Offers, Customer Care, Automated Testing, Integrations, Payment Management, and Advantage Potpourri. Attendees could also choose to meet with staff from the Support Center and pose their questions.
Most sessions were hands-on, and the AdvantageCS staff worked hard to organize and plan every detail. Classes were led by a variety of …
Read about the Advantage Academy here
We are pleased to welcome Adam Martin, the newest member of the Documentation and Product Planning group led by Phil Montgomery. Adam worked as an intern this past summer and officially joined AdvantageCS in September. His first task was updating the online help, but as Adam learns more about Advantage, he is helping write the monthly release notes. The goal is for him to move into writing mod specs (modification specifications) in the near future.
Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University. His previous job was with the Society for Research in Child Development, an academic journal publisher in Ann Arbor. There, he did some editing and proofreading, coordinated the peer review process and helped manage conferences.
Born in the Chicago area, …
We are pleased to welcome Curt Silverthorn, the newest member of the Product Development group led by Paul Sauter.
A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Curt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the school of engineering. Curt intended to major in mechanical engineering, but when he took his first computer programming class, he was hooked. One aspect of programming he enjoys is putting together small pieces into a larger whole.
Curt grew up in Yale, a small town in the “thumb” area of Michigan. His parents and younger sister, Kristine—now a junior in high school—still live there. Curt currently shares an apartment with a roommate in Whitmore Lake.
Outside of work, Curt likes being outdoors, especially hiking, hunting and camping. Just before …
With the 2018.7 release of Advantage comes an improved way to create custom report output, based on your select criteria. This functionality is available at the browser. It’s easy, it’s robust, and it’s a great way for end users to create custom reports and outputs.
One of the best features of the browser-based approach is the ability to see real-time results. You can both see the results and export them to a CSV or PDF file. In addition, you can run this from within Advantage, incorporating the report into a jobstream or scheduling it to run on a regular basis.
When you add a new select set in the browser, you are prompted for the Select Set Type and Data Source. These are validated drop-down fields; each also has a “quick search” tool to allow you to find values based on words or …
We are pleased to welcome Joshua Pendleton, the newest member of the Product Development group led by Toby Hartman. Josh is not exactly a newcomer to AdvantageCS, however, as he was a summer intern in 2016 on the team led by John Moore.
Josh recently graduated from the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science (with a minor in physics) from the school of engineering. Josh followed a family tradition, as both his parents attended the U of M. Younger brother Luke is currently a junior there, studying—guess what?—computer science and was also an intern at AdvantageCS this past summer.
Josh’s extracurricular activities included running track with a club team at the university and intramural soccer. He was also involved in CRU, a campus …
R & D activity in 2018 has been lively, to say the least. Here is an update.
Integration with Salesforce and Dynamics: We recently tightened the integration between Advantage and these applications. Many of our prospects and clients use one of these CRM applications to manage sales leads and want a seamless integration between said package and Advantage.
For example, a user in Salesforce or Dynamics might want to enter a quote and have that result in a quote in Advantage. At the same time, they may wish to view information in Salesforce or Dynamics about orders taken or payments made in Advantage. They may also wish to view information managed in Advantage which is not in the CRM application, such as information about an existing subscription agreement.
Current technology allows a …
Earlier this month, we held our annual summer gathering. These events, which vary from year to year, provide an opportunity for AdvantageCS employees and their families to enjoy each other’s company, good food, and warm weather (provided the Michigan weather complies).
This year’s event, a summer picnic, was held at Hudson Mills Metropark in the neighboring town of Dexter, Michigan (a 30-minute drive from AdvantageCS headquarters). Nearly 100 attendees of all ages partook of a catered lunch under the hot August sun. Many played lawn games like cornhole, volleyball, and the lesser-known spikeball. While the skies seemed threatening at times, the rain held off and all had a wonderful time. Take a look at some of the highlights below!
We are extremely pleased to welcome Keesing Media Group as an Advantage client. Keesing is the largest publisher of puzzle magazines in Europe, with an annual print run of 96 million magazines. Based in Amsterdam, Keesing offers a wide range of puzzle magazines in many languages and countries including the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Hungary and the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1911 by the Amsterdam-based journalist Isaäc Keesing, it remained a family-owned business until 2006, when it was purchased by TMG (Telegraaf Media Groep), a large Dutch media group. In 2017, Keesing was acquired by Ergon Capital Partners III, although TMG retains a 30% stake in the new partnership.
Keesing’s 761 titles include crossword, arroword, cryptics, …
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