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ABC Computers eNewsletter

February 2010
In This Issue
When Free Doughnuts...and Casual Friday's Aren't Enough, How Do You Motivate Employees?
4 Hidden Dangers Electricity Poses to Your Network
2/17 Webcast - Optimizing Inventory to Improve Cash Flow
Accounting Software Without Antacid
How to Pick a Good Password
Today's IT Forecast: Abundant Cloud Computing
How Green Can We Get?
Convergence Early Bird Registration Savings End March 3rd
Free Nucleus Research Report: The Bottom Line
Discover how companies have achieved positive ROI with Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  Download the Nucleus Research Report.
"ABC's team of technicians work in conjunction with each other to solve whatever issue arises.  They also educate our onsite IT contact to cover the small day to day issues. And, they do it all with a smile!"


 Holly Keough

Customer Case Study
Learn how a Wisconsin bicycle manufacturer saves $100K annually with an integrated Microsoft Dynamics NAV, EDI & Shipping Solution
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"ABC has always been prompt to respond to our needs, even if it meant having to work remotely.  They have always been very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. We would highly recommend them to other companies."


 Don Lewis

 General Manager
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Tips & Tricks
February Quick Quiz
  What Pixar release was the first feature film to be entirely computer animated?
Respond with the correct answer and qualify to win a $10 gift card.
January Quick Quiz Answer & Winner
 Question: What year was ABC Computers founded?
Answer:  1984
Winner: Laurie Powell
Laurie won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

ABC Computers
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Waupaca, WI 54981
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Waupaca, WI  54981
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As the newness of 2010 begins to fade, we must come clean about the successes and failures of our New Year's resolutions.  After only one month, it seems like we should be filled with pride because we have, thus far, fulfilled our personal and business pledges.  Right?
Psychologists say no.  Would you believe that some studies estimate that nearly 80% of resolution makers fail miserably?  It's a staggering figure.  But you can refuse to be a part of that unsuccessful majority.  Like you, we at ABC Computers, are determined to stay focused on our New Year's goals and promises.
Please let us know when we can help you achieve your business resolutions. One of our New Year's goals is to help you achieve yours.  Let's be successful together.
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Donavan Lane, CEO
ABC Computers
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When Free Doughnuts and Casual Friday's Aren't Enough, How Do You Motivate Employees?
CheeringStaffThe employer-employee relationship is fodder for all types of comic writing. Satirists have made millions poking fun at the many ways the mentor-mentee connection can go horribly wrong (think Steve Carell on The Office). Yet, how to motivate employees is a real question most employers ponder.
Here we offer 10 ways you can be the most-loved manager in the industry while also increasing employee productivity. Yes, you can do both. Read more.
4 Hidden Dangers Electricity Poses to Your Network
And 1 Simple, Inexpensive Solution That Will Prevent Them All From Doing Damage
Is your computer plugged in?  Do you use a power strip with a surge protector?  If so, you are a heartbeat away from disaster and don't even realize it. The same electricity you depend on to run your computer and network is also trying to destroy your data. 
Believe it or not, electricity is one of the biggest threats to your computer network and the data it contains. Continue reading to learn about four computer power problems you must know about and how to prevent them. 

Upcoming Webcast February 17th: 

Why a More Accurate Forecast Alone Cannot Solve Your Inventory Optimization Needs 
Join us to learn what distributors and assembly manufacturers are doing to free up cash in a tough economy. Learn how to improve both and significantly increase profitability. 
There is no cost to attend. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot today
The Highest Compliment Anyone Can Offer
The great American humorist, Mark Twain, once said, "I can live for two months on a good compliment." 
We second that!  What's more, the highest compliment anyone can offer is to share a sincere recommendation with a colleague. If our work has earned your praise, please recommend ABC to other organizations that might need help with their IT infrastructure or business management systems. Then, send a note to Tom at [email protected]  to let us know.

A referral is just about the highest compliment you could pay us.
Accounting Software Without Antacid
StomachAccounting software. The two-word term sounds harmless enough, but carries the power to bring even the strongest CEO or CFO to his or her knees. Some business owners feel ill just reading those words.
The thought of accounting software does not have to be nauseating. We have something to calm your anxieties and settle your stomach
How to Pick a Good Password
What's the most common password? You guessed it..."password."  Obviously this is not the best way to protect yourself against hackers and online thieves. But even if you don't use the word "password," you might be using an equally easy password to decipher.
Here are the passwords you should NOT use. Is yours on the list?
Today's IT Forecast: Abundant Cloud Computing

CloudydayIT forecasters have a huge advantage over meteorologists. Their predictions are
based upon hard numbers: sales, polls, and product development. Their odds for naming the trends accurately? Exponentially better. And,  the forecast for the year is
in... Get the IT weather report.

How Green Can We Get?
When it comes to executing green business environments, most companies focus on the server and infrastructure side, and with good reason.  Servers, routers and switches require a large amount of electricity to run them, not to mention the additional power run separate AC units to keep them from overheating.  But what about software?  
Learn how Microsoft Dynamics GP can assist in going green.
Convergence 2010 Early Bird Registration Savings End March 3rd

Convergence 2010Convergence, Microsoft's Annual Dynamics Customer Conference, will be held in Atlanta, April 24 - 27, 2010. Register by March 3rd to take advantage of early bird registration and save $300 per attendee.
Five great reasons to attend Convergence 2010:
  1. Learn how you can get the most out of your Microsoft Dynamics solution.
  2. Get up-to-date on the latest Microsoft products and technologies.
    Network with Microsoft product experts and your peers.
  3. The event is cost-effective, convenient, and designed to meet your needs.
  4. Learn the Microsoft strategy and future plans for your Microsoft Dynamics solution.
About ABC Computers 
ABC Computers is a business technology solutions provider that specializes in the deployment of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, network engineering, hardware and business consulting services. We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with a team of certified engineers, developers, and application consultants. Over the last 25 years, ABC Computers has developed reputation for helping clients achieve their goals by first listening and learning about their business, and only then recommending a solution. 
Donavan Lane, as well as each team member of ABC, is totally dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Thus our commitment to setting up Business Solutions...Your Way.