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  • Agora's Indian Affiliate Goes Live on Advantage

    Through much of the past year, ACS has partnered with Agora to complete an in-conversion from Equity Master, Agora's office in India.   Equity Master provides information about more than 500 leading companies in India, which account for over 90% of India's market value. Through Equity Master, customers can gain access to various stock market recommendations, archives, and special reports. The project of converting Equity Master data into Advantage encompassed customer, promotion, and electronic subscription data; as well as implementing the AMB module for the first time at Agora. To account for the online data-entry into Advantage, the team made adjustments to the website to make use of the AMB capsule calls provided through the AdvantageWEB module. Tara Rebak, …



  • Scripted Request System

    ACS has developed a Scripted Request System to aid clients in requesting processes and/or jobstreams from scripts which run outside of Advantage.  Capsules have been created to allow users to communicate with the Advantage Monitor from the command line, wait until a process finishes and then return a success or failure code. This is not intended to replace the request screens but rather to give clients a way to interface with an enterprise scheduling system for selected processes or jobstreams. The processes still run under the control of the Advantage Monitor and the monitor notifies the scheduling system when the process or jobstream is complet The interface to the scripted request system is a powershell named advantage_submit.ps1 that is …



  • ACS Welcomes Rachel Larson

    ACS is pleased to welcome Rachel Larson as a full-time member of the Advantage family.  Rachel has been working as an intern in the engineering department part-time during school years and full-time over the past four summers.  She graduated from the University of Michigan this spring with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the engineering school. (It's also possible to study computer science through the college of Literature, Science and the Arts.) A dyed-in-the-wool engineer, Rachel freely labels herself a computer nerd.  She has always liked math and science and does not get at all excited about writing assignments.  Her favorite entertainment genre is science fiction, whether it's books, movies or games.  And yes, she's a Trekkie—original …



  • Congratulations to Maney Publishing

    Maney Reaches 100 Journals Reprinted with permission from Maney Publishing Maney Publishing, one of the fastest-growing independent journal publishers, has published its 100th journal with the release of the first 2011 issue of JournalofSpinalCord Medicine. The imprint, whose first journals appeared only in 1998, has become a significant publisher of British society journals and in recent years has extended its publishing activity world-wide, working now for a growing number of learned societies, professional bodies and universities in North America and Australia. "When I launched the imprint of Maney Publishing in 1997," Michael Gallico, Maney's Managing Director, notes, "the company, since its founding in 1900, enjoyed a very high …



  • Alan Cherney: Programmer Artiste

    To Alan Cherney, programming is an art and he happily bears the title of artist.  Programming satisfies his creative urge because, as he says, "you're building something and it involves design and structure."  Alan has always been interested in art and computer graphics, and throughout high school he built a portfolio intending to apply to art school.  When he began using his computer graphics in simple web programming, he found he had a real knack in that area and changed his focus to computer science, with emphasis on art and design.  During his last several years in high school and all through college, Alan was able to earn money and gain experience doing freelance computer graphics. Alan became an intern at ACS while still attending the …



  • Advantage Voicemail System Now Speaks French

    When you call the main ACS phone number (734-327-3600), you now have the option of hearing the greeting and prompts in French as well as English.  Also in the works is a French version of the Advantage website which will be launching in the next few months.  Formidable!



  • Promotions Management Re-Designed in 2011R1

    For many of you, the letters CPNPMO, when put in that order, conjure up thoughts of vast amounts of detailed information about promotions, views full of item information and pricing, and perhaps some questions about how it all is organized.  Well, I have some good news ? these issues have been addressed in a re-design of the campaign and promotion setup workspace.  In fact, the re-design is so intuitive, we barely need these words to describe it! For starters, the data has been grouped more clearly by type of promotion, so that all costs for e-promotions are near one another, for example.  Also, the workspace uses script technology, where you can customize the way the workspace appears for users establishing different kinds of promotions and campaigns.  Why force a user to …



  • ARP 310 and Last Bill Date

    When ARP310 runs, it updates the last billing date (ARPPDH.LST-BIL) and effort# (ARPDH.LST-INVS) of the invoice being billed. The ARP310 select sets can then be based on the current effort number of the customer's invoice and when it was last billed. However, there are times when the ARPPDH.LST-BIL is not set during a billing run, even though the effort number may be incremented. When the ARP310 select set is set up, you have the option of incrementing the effort number and sending a notice to the customer. When you increment the effort number, after the billing run, the ARPPDH.LST-INVS field will reflect this. For an invoice that has never been billed, the effort number would change from blank to 1. For an invoice that has been sent effort # 1, …



  • More Highlights of 2011R1

    Here are some of the exciting new features in 2011R1.  Click on the "Read more" button for details and for even more information, contact your account manager. ·         Automatic emails to AMB participants ·         AMB items can use credit policies ·         Cancel/suspend direct debit from AMB ·         Monthly invoice option for subscriptions ·         List email event table   1.       You can now configure the system to send automatic e-mails to AMB agreement participants and administrators upon release of the agreement.  Previously, only administrator e-mails could be sent, and only for the first version of the agreement.  Now, you can send participants e-mails for the version at which they are added (for example, with login/password …



  • Keeping Up With Upgrades

    In 2007, when I returned to ACS after pursuing graduate studies, the iPhone was a relatively new phenomenon and the iPad was little more than an idea on a drawing board.  Amazon also had yet to release the Kindle.  Now, all these products are central tools exploited by many publishers.  In less than four years, the worlds of publishing and marketing have undergone significant changes.  Publishers have increasingly been looking at how best to digitize their content, and then monetize that digital content.  They have re-oriented their marketing to reach consumers via new electronic means.  At the same time, in this world of digitization, some publishers have been successful at increasing print circulation, often through the use of innovative marketing to a core demographic …



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