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European Users Gather in Lisbon for Annual Meeting

by Vinal Burbeck

Last month, Advantage users representing 14 companies across 11 countries gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for our annual  European Users Meeting. As with previous meetings, our primary objectives were to give our European clients the opportunity to engage with AdvantageCS leadership, learn about product developments firsthand and connect with fellow users.

The two-day conference began with a welcome from  Victor Machado of Deco Proteste, our generous hosts for this year's event. Part of  EuroconsumersDeco Proteste is the largest consumer association in Portugal. In addition to publications, Deco Proteste offers a wide variety of services to Portuguese consumers, including legal advice, education and advocacy.
Advantage and Minimum System Requirements

by Matt Varblow

It is very common for clients taking an Advantage feature update after a few years 'parked' on a previous release to ask for our updated system requirements. This question is also front of mind for prospective clients who are considering a new Advantage implementation. But if you're a client who keeps current with monthly or quarterly feature updates, then reviewing the operating systems and databases that undergird your Advantage system might not be a primary concern.
At AdvantageCS, we've supported many operating systems and database management systems over the years. We've operated on Windows NT 3.5 to Windows Server 2019, several Unix variants, OpenVMS, even PRIMOS. And we've supported database management systems from Microsoft, Oracle, DEC and others. Our latest feature update, Advantage 2019 Update 10, runs on Windows Server 2016 or 2019 and SQL Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 or 2017. 

Happy Fall!
 And Happy Thanksgiving to our US readers!
Welcome New Employee: Andrea Carter

by Cindy Twiss 

We are pleased to welcome Andrea Carter as the newest member of the Program Services team led by Doug Moore. Andrea comes to AdvantageCS from Florida, her home state, where she worked most recently as a business analyst/developer at a home builder company.

Andrea grew up in north Florida, near St. Augustine, and attended the University of Florida, where she majored in sports management. She then moved to Michigan to be near her boyfriend who was attending the University of Michigan. Andrea decided to pursue her interest in business and earned an MBA in finance from Wayne State University, while also working at the U of M credit union. After graduation, she worked for Citibank and then Sterling Bank and Trust in the mortgage area, for a total of six years.

Install Your System Updates Promptly to Foil Hackers

by Bryan Varblow

As I settle in at my desk for the start of a new day, a message pops up on my desktop letting me know that a new security update is available for Windows. The pressing question is, would I like to download and install the update now? I know it's going to require a reboot and I have some urgent emails that I need to reply to, so I simply can't be bothered at the moment. I dismissively click "snooze" and push it off to another day.
On the other side of the world, there's another desktop that's had that same message pop up. "New security update, would you like to download and install now?" The user of that computer, however, chooses to immediately download the update. Once it's downloaded, they quickly get to work on reverse-engineering the security update and find that it's provided a fix for a glaring security hole. With this key piece of knowledge, that nefarious user is able to quickly put together a script that can enter through the backdoor of any unpatched computer on that version of Windows and provide administrative access to the user. Now armed with this administrative access, the user is free to access any data they like, take the computer hostage for ransom, use it as an entry point to the rest of my network or just wreak havoc if they're so inclined. Within hours of me choosing to snooze my security update, I'm exposed to the whims of this person thousands of miles away.
Hope to see you at one of these shows!  

Going to the World Media Congress in Las Vegas November 12-14, 2019?  Look for  Mona Hidayet there.

Look for Philippe van Mastrigt in booth #33 at La Presse au Futur in Paris November 26-27, 2019.

Washington, DC hosts the ASAE Technology Conference December 3-4, 2019. Dan Heffernan and Mona will be there.

Plan to attend AUG February 26-28 in Austin, Texas

by Cindy Twiss

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.
Advantage Instructional Videos

by Cindy Twiss

Did you know Advantage has instructional videos? Most of these 10- to 13-minute videos demonstrate a specific feature or explain how to perform a task in Advantage but, starting with 2019.0, a video showing highlights of the latest annual release will be included.
The five completed instructional videos currently available are shown here. Another one is in production.
Planned future topics include Working with Select Sets, Synchronized Agreement Basics and Working with Packages.
The videos are produced by 
Adam Martin of the documentation team. He sends out an email announcement with the release of each video, with links to the most recent video, all past videos, and the videos playlist. 
Check out our blog for the most up-to-date news and information about Advantage. New posts weekly!

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Advantage Clients Produce Beautiful Work

These are some of the publications our clients produce and we think they're pretty impressive.

Here are some of the newspapers using Advantage.

Editor: Cindy Mikol Twiss

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