Advanced Software, Inc.
Advanced Software was founded in 1991 by the current President, Joseph Hentz. Joseph used his extensive knowledge of ERP Systems and packaging to design a dynamic system that would address the job shop needs of the box business as well as the ERP requirements of larger packaging plants. Today, ASI supports packaging plants producing corrugated boxes, folding cartons, foam fabrication, point of purchase displays, assembled partitions, die cuts, paperboard products, as well as distribution of packaging supplies. The software addresses the needs of each industry with custom written programs that are both comprehensive and easy to use while automating the entire office, plant and supply chain via a tightly integrated system.
Advantzware provides a flexible and comprehensive design that streamlines the data entry to the specific industry. In just a few minutes, you can add an estimate and email a quote, then convert a quote into an order which simultaneously creates a finished good item, increases customer account balances, allocates inventory levels and updates the scheduling board. Then, with a few clicks you can email an order acknowledgment, print the shop ticket, create a purchase order for board and print the packing list to generate the bill of lading. Vendor tags for materials receipts are scanned and issued to work in progress and shop floor data posts machine hours to the job cost system in real time. Once finished goods are completed, bar coded pallet tags are scanned and added to the delivery tickets. Once signed and verified, an invoice is printed which updates accounts receivable, general ledger and inventory. Throughout the entire process, management has real time visibility of the entire company.
The technological foundation of the ASI Software named ADVANTZWARE and ASI ANYWARE is a combination of the Progress 4GL fourth generation relational database combined with Microsoft .Net and SQL. Over $8 million has been invested over twenty years representing countless hours of research and development specifically designed for the packaging industry. ASI Anyware provides 24/7 internet access to the Advantzware corporate database, anywhere, anytime via any wireless device that is connected to the internet. This provides any outside person including employees, sales representative, and customers with remote access to the companies data to view their customer specific information.
Brad Vigrass, CFO and equity partner heads the service department of ASI. His team provides service second to none. Help is provided by a variety of methods including a user’s manual, on line help database, field sensitive help, tips of the day emails, voice phone support, on-site training, internet based training and customized programming. Support is performed via voice mail and email or an ASI analyst logs into the clients computer so that both parties are viewing the same screen. ASI is virtually in your office controlling the same keyboard and viewing the same screen in real time, but without the cost of air travel. The same on line approach may be used for training or remote diagnostics in addition to general support questions.
ASI has integrated to many world renown software packages to connect customers and vendors to the box plant. CAD-CAM data is integrated into the cost estimate, customer orders can be received via Sterling Commerce EDI or via ASI Anyware web software, box plant purchase orders for paperboard are sent electronically to Corrugator Scheduling Systems, data collection can be downloaded from plant Machines and accounting data can be uploaded to world renown Accounting packages.