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ABC Computers eNewsletter

April 2010
In This Issue
A Day@ABC Agenda & Session Details
In-House or Outsource?
Save Thousands with Proper Use Tax Calculations
How to Get Paid On Time & In Full
Ask These Questions Before Your Next IT Purchase
April 21 Webcast: Integrated e-Commerce = Outstanding ROI
Work From Home Tips
20% Discount Offer for Convergence Attendees
10 Ways to Take Advantage of a Down Market
Send to a Colleague   
Get 3 Users for $1
To take advantage of this limited time offer, contact Juliinda today.
Dynamics NAV
 Statement of Direction
Want to know what Microsoft has planned for Microsoft Dynamics NAV?
Get up to speed on future of Microsoft Dynamics NAV with this special Statement of Direction from Microsoft.
Customer Testimonial
"I can speak for our owners and our entire company when I say that ABC's customer service is awesome.  The expertise and teamwork of their employees along with meeting our deadline date made a real impact on our company."
Carol Diercks
Chief Financial Officer
Especially for You, LLC
April Quick Quiz
  What year was the word "computer" first used to describe a mechanical calculating device?
Security Alert
Tips & Tricks
March Quick Quiz Answer & Winner
 Question: A keyboard has the name of its inventor spelled out in it.  What is the inventor's name?
 Answer:  Qwerty 
Winner: Al Gietl
Al won a $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card!
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Every day at ABC we work to solve business and technology problems for our clients. But not every day do we get the opportunity to work with you. That's why we created A Day@ABC!  It's our chance to meet with you; to provide valuable insight to new and alternative solutions; to teach new methods to improve the use of your technology tools; and to get face-to-face with you to share, experience and excel!  I hope you'll join us May 6th for our annual customer conference.
I look forward to seeing you here!
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Donavan Lane, CEO
ABC Computers
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Session Details Now Available for A Day@ABC
We are pleased to announce that the agenda is now available for our May 6th customer conference, A Day@ABC.  Click here for details about the 20+ sessions you can attend on how to better leverage your technology investments.  
There is no cost to attend, and you are welcome to invite along colleagues.  However, we do ask that you register by April 23rd so we can ensure there is enough seating and (free) food.  
In fact, if you register by the end of today, we'll give you a complimentary copy of the bestselling business book, "Good to Great" by Jim Collins when you arrive at May 6th. 
Note to Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) Users:  You are invited to attend the quarterly  MANUG (Madison Area NAV User Group) on the afternoon of May 5th at the Comfort Suites - Foxfire in Waupaca, WI.  For information, visit the MANUG website or contact Tom Doran at
Should You Hire Internal IT Staff or Outsource to an External Service Provider?
ITStaffMost small business owners handle all aspects of their businesses, including acting as the information technology department. This will work for as long as you remain a small business with only a few employees. When you grow and start hiring staff, will it make sense to use your business-building time on IT issues? Read more about sourcing IT.
Save Thousands of Dollars by Properly Calculating Consumer Use Tax
Untaxed purchases are a common target when state sales tax auditors knock at the door!  Most companies know the taxability of their own products or services, and do their best to comply with sales tax rules where they do business. Learn if you're doing enough to avoid a costly tax compliance mistake.
Get Paid In Full and On Time
GetPaidIf the U.S. financial crisis of 2009 taught business owners anything about giving credit terms to their customers, it would be this: use caution. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, over 12% of small business loans defaulted last year, leaving over $2 billion unpaid. How can you be sure to get paid by your customers?
Budgeting for Your Next Technology Purchase

Thinking of investing in new hardware or software, but not sure how to estimate the true cost?

When preparing the budget on new technology it's important to look at everything that is needed within the project. Sometimes the proposal that is received from a vendor is only one piece of the entire project. Read some important questions to ask before you get started.

April 21 Webcast:  e-Commerce and NAV: Website Operational Efficiency is a Reality!  

Managed 100% within NAV, Nav-to-Net is designed to expand on the value and flexibility of Dynamics NAV. 
Join us on April 21 and we will walk you through how Nav-to-Net brings together all the key components of your website's management into a single convenient location and familiar user interface.
There is no cost to attend. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot today
Staying Focused When Working From Home

WorkfromhomeThe idea of working from home each day sure sounds like the perfect work environment! Be warned though, it requires much more than just connecting to the office. Telecommuting is not for everyone, but it may be for you! Here are some tips if you plan to work remotely.

20% Discount Offer for Convergence 2010 Attendees
Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics AX customers who attend Convergence 2010 in Atlanta are eligible to receive up to a 20% discount when:
  • Acquiring additional users 
  • Acquiring additional modules/granules 
  • Transitioning between Microsoft Dynamics product lines, editions or Licensing Models (LMT)
10 Ways to Take Advantage of a Down Market
"Current market conditions provide a unique catalyst for organizations to gain a significant and structural advantage by overhauling their sales and marketing functions."  - David Bradley, Senior Vice President, MarketBridge.

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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.