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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                                     October 2010

In This Issue
October Webcast: Why Office2010 for Your Office?
3 Benefits of Automating Sales and Use Tax Compliance
FREE Microsoft Security Essentials
Be Excellent at Anything
Extend the Reach of Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Tips for Handling Your Confidential Documents

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Complimentary Report
 Investing in business management software may be the last thing you want to do in the midst of tough economic times, but trying to coast on failing or outdated systems can cost you more in the long run. 
Download a free copy of Recession Intervention: Why ERP Is Critical Now from our website and learn how timely technology investments can help battle a down economy and spur recovery. 
October Quick Quiz
  On average, how many trees does it take to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of The New York Times?
September Quick Quiz Answer & Winner
In which year was MS-DOS officially released?
  Answer:  1981
 Winner: Laurie Powell 
Laurie won an 8GB 2.0 USB  Flash Drive!
ABC Customer Comment
"What distinguishes ABC Computers from many other business partners is their support persistence. ABC walks the talk. Whenever and whatever it takes, they persist to get the job done correctly!!"

Deb Erce, IT Director
P&S Investments, LLC
Shiny New Gadget of the Month
The Livescribe Pulse™ Smartpen records what you hear and write so you never miss a word.
Tips & Tricks
Security Alert
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As we enter the last quarter of 2010, many businesses are heads down - focused on cutting costs (even further) and doing whatever it takes to close out the strongest year possible.  They don't want any distractions.  They haven't given 2011 a thought.  And, the last thing they want to talk about is spending money.

Other companies are heads up, looking forward to 2011 with renewed optimism.  They're thinking about ways to leverage the economic rebound.  And, they're already planning a growth strategy.  In fact, many are investing in technology to fuel their initiatives.

In which camp do you fall? 

Now is the time to revisit your business strategy and systems; not December or January.  Waiting until the New Year - or worse yet - the economy recovers is more likely to hurt your business than help it.  

Aberdeen, the leading provider of fact-based research, recently reported that top performing ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementations slash operating costs by 22%, administrative costs by 20% and inventory by 17%.  They also found that ERP systems improve complete and on-time shipments by 19% and internal schedule compliance by 17%.  These improvements can result in tens of thousands or even millions of dollars in savings!

If you would like to explore ways an ERP system can help your organization reduce costs and improve operations, give us a call.  We'd welcome the opportunity to help your company achieve similar goals. 
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October 20th Webcast:  Top 10 Reasons Why Office 2010 Is Great for Your Business
What holds your organization back from even greater success? People in multiple locations? Inaccessible information?

Let us show you how Microsoft® Office 2010 can help you break through the barriers that can slow your people and data down.  Attend our October 20th webcast for a hands-on demonstration of Office 2010, and discover the powerful new tools available to your business. 

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Register today by calling 1-800-834-7700 or visiting > News & Events > Upcoming Events.
Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
Learn What's In It & Benefit 


The new Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 that was signed into law on September 27th includes a series of provisions that benefit small businesses, most of which are effective immediately. 


We encourage you to explore new options offered by the bill and talk to your accountant about leveraging them.  We've outlined a few of the many benefits for you in a recent blog post.

3 Benefits of Automating Sales & Use Tax Compliance
We recently had a chance to interview Phil Schlesinger, product manager for CCH CorpSystem® Sales Tax Office (STO) about a topic that concerns many of our clients - sales and use tax audits.  "When it comes to sales and use tax, the ability to support and defend your compliance efforts during an audit is 'where the rubber meets the road,' for corporate tax professionals," according to Schlesinger.  He recommends automating the process and outlines these three key benefits
Microsoft Security Essentials Available for FREE
Here is some great news for small businesses and individual computer users. Microsoft is making its Microsoft Security Essentials available on up to 10 PCs for FREE beginning this month!

Microsoft Security Essentials provides on-going security to protect your PC from viruses, spyware and other malicious software threats.
The free* download from Microsoft is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured you're protected by the latest technology.

*Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.
6 Keys to Being Excellent at Anything 
Do you often think that a person's ability to excel in a given pursuit is largely determined by their genetic inheritance?  Tony Schwartz has written a book, The Way We're Working Isn't Working, which lays out a guide, grounded in the science of high performance, to systematically build your capacity to excel.  If you are not genetically enhanced, consider his six keys to developing excellence.
Extend the Reach of Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV fuels the personal impact everyone in your organization can bring to the table in a connected and consistent manner.  By diving into personal productivity, collaboration and enhanced information you can use Microsoft Dynamics NAV business logic in other applications to extend the reach of your solution to more users. 

With the introduction of Light User license and the ESS (Employee Self Service) User license, users who only require limited functionality are now able to leverage many options to use the Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution. Contact Tom Doran at 1.800.834.7700 x1112 or to learn more about these new options

Tips for Handling, Storing & Disposing Confidential Documents 
In the past 10 years, over 10,000 new regulations have been placed on the books by local, state and federal agencies pertaining to the handling, storage, and disposal of confidential client, patient, and employee documents. No matter your business size, you are surely going to be affected by one or more of these new government regulations.

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.