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  • Financial Accounting Foundation Goes Live on AMB and WEB

    The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), organized in 1972, is the independent, private-sector organization with responsibility for the oversight, administration, and finances of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  The FASB was established by the FAF in 1973, and has been delegated the authority to establish standards of financial accounting and reporting for private-sector entities, including business and not-for-profit organizations.  The GASB, organized by the FAF in 1984, has been delegated the authority to establish standards of financial accounting and reporting for state and local governmental entities.  The pronouncements of both the FASB and GASB are recognized as generally accepted and …



  • Vidal Goes Live on Advantage

    French publisher Vidal began live production use of Advantage on the last day of June.  Located in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just outside of Paris, Vidal publishes medical information to French healthcare professionals.  VIDAL's main drug compendium is the indispensable reference for French healthcare professionals in their everyday practice. It is available in print, on CD-ROM and on a website. The product is the equivalent of both First Data Bank and PDR in US products. They also publish a variety of other products including: books, electronic subscriptions, subscription-based newsletters, advertising and other one-off products. The Vidal team included Claire Baldeyrou as the executive sponsor and Martine Thiery as the project manager.  Levi Hyssong served as the ACS …



  • Order-Again Promotions

    A customer subscribes to a journal or to content access.  Excellent!  This is the start of a relationship that has some built-in communication points.  These may include the initial invoicing, and at some point, renewal promotions will begin.  A subscription-based relationship has on-going touch-points where the client is involved with your content and continues to purchase access to it in different ways. Unfortunately, these automatic communication points haven't previously existed with product purchases.  Someone buys a book, you collect payment and send it and that relationship is over.  Well, not anymore!  You can now do the same sort of thing with product purchases as you can with subscriptions through the Order Again feature, which is based in the Product …



  • Restoring Premium on Reinstate

    In Advantage, a non-pay cancel transaction causes the customer to lose any premium set they would have received on a paid order.  As of 2009R1, however, there is an option to restore a premium set if the customer later reinstates.If the subscription is later reinstated, you have the option of allowing the customer to receive the premium set--you simply set the CIR option …



  • Howard Brooks: Mega Multi-Tasker

    Mention Howard ("Howie") Brooks to others at ACS and right after "knowledgeable," "smart," and  "dedicated"  you hear words like "balanced," "calm," and "level-headed."  Howie is able to juggle the many and varied demands of his job as the Manager of Product Development with rare aplomb. The leader of a team of eight development engineers who work on enhancements to the software, as well as new modules and functionality, Howie has that rare ability to keep the big picture of the entire structure of the Advantage software in his head.  He can look at a proposed enhancement and know just how--and where--it will affect the current software. Dick Hile, VP of Product Engineering and Howie's boss, describes him this way: "Simply put, Howie is indispensable.  He is like an …



  • FAF Goes Live on Advantage

    The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) went live on Advantage in March.  As an independent, private-sector organization, FAF is responsible for the oversight, administration, and finances of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and their advisory councils.   …



  • Customer Portrait: Agora Publishing, Inc.

      Agora, Inc. is a holding company for more than 20 publishers of financial, health, travel and special interest books and newsletters -- each offering unique ideas, information and insights. Altogether, Agora companies publish more than 300 books and 40 newsletters, reaching 1 million readers from around the world.  Based in the historic Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, Agora is housed in a collection of 19th century mansions. They also have offices in London, Bonn, Paris, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Waterford, and many of their titles are available in French, Spanish, German and Italian. The company's name has its origin in history.  The Agora was a lively marketplace for the ancient Greeks, where people came not only to buy and sell goods …



  • ACS Marks 30th Anniversary

    On July 1st, Advantage Computing Systems will celebrate 30 years of serving the publishing industry.  The company is hosting a picnic later this month for current and former employees and their families at the Ann Arbor site.  In addition to large grills to cook hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, inflatable jump tents and other amusement items are being brought in.  Games and prizes will keep the little ones happy and for older "children," the dunk tank is a popular attraction (although perhaps not for those sitting in it!).   The Velcro wall and padded jousting suits are also good for some laughs.   The forerunners of what is today Advantage Computing Systems began operating in 1979, although the company—then T & B Computing—was not officially incorporated …



  • ACS Is Here to Help

    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 …



  • Leadership Directories Goes Live on Advantage

    ACS is pleased to announce that Leadership Directories began live operations in May 2009.  Based in New York City, Leadership Directories joins Advantage's East Coast line-up.    As a leading provider of contact and biographical information, Leadership Directories maintains a rich database of over 400,000 government, corporate, legal, and nonprofit professionals. Leadership Directories content is available to subscribers through innovative online directories, customized lists and data-feeds, and quarterly and semiannual print directories.   Leadership Directories began looking for a new fulfillment system over 4 years ago to replace an outdated system. Their primary objective was to find a system capable of supporting their existing print business and flexible enough to handle …



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