ABC Computers Masthead
 

ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                           May 2011

 800-834-7700                                                                                                        www.ABC-Computers.com
In This Issue
4 Questions About Backups That You Should Know The Answers To
5 Steps to Save $250K in Your Warehouse
3 Tips for the Accounting Software Hunt
Focus on Analytics, Find a Silver Lining
May 18 Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics NAV Easy Security with Mergetool
Microsoft Offers & Promotions Bonanza!

   

Security Alert

ABC Computers Opens New Office in South Bend, IN

ABC Computers is excited to announce the opening of a new branch location in South Bend, Indiana!  The additional office, which opened on April 1st, is home to 3 sales people, an application consultant, and a systems engineer.
ABC Customer Comment
"We have worked with ABC Computers for over 15 years.  The team at ABC, they're terrific to work with.  They provide the IT help we need on a level we understand."
  
Terri Schulz, President
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce

Complimentary Report

Many organizations struggle with how to provide workers with effective technology tools to maximize the productivity while enhancing the manageability and security of the client PC infrastructure. Learn how Windows 7 helps people be more productive in their everyday tasks, providing access to the critical documents and applications they need anytime, anywhere!
  
Download a free copy of the Anywhere Productivity Solutions Brief.
Shiny New Gadget of the Month

May Quick Quiz

 Enter our monthly Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win the Shiny New Gadget of the Month, a Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse!   
Question: What was put on sale for the first time in May of 1886?
a) United States Savings Bonds
b) Coca-Cola
c) Mother's Day Cards
Send your answer to [email protected]
April Quick Quiz Answer & Winner
Question: What was the name of the singing cowboy in the musical Oklahoma!?  
  Answer:  a - Curley 
 Winner:  Diana Shebel
Diana won the Bluetooth Number Pad!
Tips & Tricks
SBT Pro Series
User Notice
Effective June 1, 2011, ABC Computers will discontinue SBT Pro Series support.  Current users should contact Tom Doran at 800-834-7700 x1112 or [email protected] to discuss their options.
ABC Computers

Offices in Waupaca, Rhinelander and
La Crosse, WI, as well as South Bend, IN.

Staff located throughout the Midwest including Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.

 Headquarters
1990 Godfrey Drive
PO Box 546
Waupaca, WI  54981
 
Phone
800.834.7700
 
Technical Support [email protected]

General Inquiries

Website
ABC-Computers.com 
  
Visit our blog

Find us on Facebook  

  Follow us on Twitter

Greetings!  

 

I recently traveled to Atlanta for Convergence. It's a huge, weeklong Microsoft conference with an impressive agenda. I attended many great sessions, but my favorite part had nothing at all to do with business or technology. Actually, it was the day I volunteered with more than 100 other conference attendees. We built playgrounds for children in a low-income community through a program called Projects with Purpose. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. I came back totally invigorated.
  
If your team has been running low on energy or motivation lately, volunteer work could be just the morale boost you need. Community service not only helps those in need; it also benefits the volunteer.  It's a win-win. Volunteering enriches people both personally and professionally. They gain knowledge, exercise skills and extend their social networks.  It fosters enthusiasm, optimism, self-esteem and a sense of achievement.  In a nutshell, community service is so rewarding that it creates a natural euphoria.  And, it's contagious.
  
If you truly want to motivate your staff -- to attract and retain employees who are willing to go the extra mile for customers, who are loyal and want to see the business succeed -- don't rely on contests or parties to create incentive. Help them find a sense of purpose. Encourage them to give through community service.
 
Sincerely,
Donovan's SignatureNewMicrosoftCompetencyLogo
Donavan Lane, CEO
ABC Computers, Inc. 
     
P.S. For more on this topic and help getting started: 

 

1.     Watch inspiring video footage of the Convergence-related volunteer efforts.

2.     Read "Motivation: powerful motivators that will turbo-charge your workforce" by Paul Levesque.  Several articles by the same author can be found on www.Entrepreneur.com  

3.     Visit the Projects with a Purpose web site and learn how you can sponsor a volunteer event. 

4 Questions About Backups That You Should Know The Answers To
The old saying, "Pack your own parachute," comes to mind when I think of data backups or, more specifically, data RECOVERY. However, how many people actually know how to pack their proverbial data backup "parachute" and instead rely on someone else - be it an employee or vendor?  Read the answers to 4 questions about backups that you should know.
5 Steps to Save $250K

MoneyMatt Kemper from Accellos recently woke up and decided that he wanted to save someone a quarter of a million dollars!  He got to the office, dug through his vault of case studies, and there was his morning vision... 5 steps to save approximately a quarter of a million dollars.

3 Tips for the Accounting Software Hunt

If you're in the market for accounting software, there's no end to your options and the things you should keep in mind.  It can be overwhelming. Here are 3 considerations to refine your search and make it more manageable. 

Focus on Analytics, Find a Silver Lining
As challenging as the recession has been, it has offered many companies a silver lining.  Businesses have been forced to scrutinize operations, and as a result, they are seeing opportunity they hadn't seen before. 
  
A recent study by CFO Research showed that more companies are focused on analytics this year. Sixty percent of the CFOs surveyed said that they want high-quality, more reliable management reporting. Improved efficiency was listed as a top priority by 56%.  Business leaders are looking for an easier way to make smart business decisions with confidence.  They need more than a good overview. They need the ability to easily dig into the details.  MicrosoftDynamics

 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV meets that need with direct real-time access to business-critical information. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is built on industry-standard Microsoft technology and integrates with other Microsoft business intelligence (BI) products and technologies.

 

For more information on business intelligence, contact Tom Doran at 800.834.7700or [email protected]

May 18 Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics NAV Easy Security with Mergetool

Setting up security in Microsoft Dynamics NAV requires precious IT resources and time to get it right.

 

Join us on May 18th to learn how NAV Easy Security for Microsoft Dynamics NAV makes it quick and effortless to assign permissions for multiple users across multiple groups and companies - saving you valuable time, money and resources. 

 

During the webcast you will learn how NAV Easy Security allows you to easily:

  • Record permissions to new or existing roles
  • Add relations based on Source Code Analyzer
  • Limit access to critical objects (for example, Form-Level Security on G/L Entries)
  • Create groups of roles and companies
  • Use "Permissions as User ID"
  • Always go back to previous permissions with Restore Points
  • Add multiple roles or objects

You'll also discover that NAV Easy Security does all this without modifying any base objects.  

 

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  Reserve your spot today!

Microsoft Offers & Promotions Bonanza!
If you have been contemplating a Microsoft software purchase, there is no better time than now.  Microsoft is running a number of year-end incentives that you can leverage and use to justify the leap.  But don't delay, these and several other Microsoft promotions listed on our web site will dry up by June 24th:

Have you been considering an investment in Microsoft Dynamics?  Here is the incentive you have been waiting for. The "Buy 1, Get 3" promotion allows new customers to purchase 1 user license at full price, and get up to 2 additional users free. It applies to either Dynamics Advanced Management (AM) or Business Essentials (BE) editions of Dynamics GP (Great Plains) as well as Dynamics NAV (Navision) and Dynamics SL (Solomon). 
  
To take advantage of  the "Buy 1 User, Get 3" offer, contact Tom Doran at 800.834.7700; or at [email protected].  Promotion ends Friday, June 24th, 2011. 
  
Looking to refresh or upgrade to Office Professional Plus 2010? Through May 31, 2011, you can receive up to a 50% discount off the first year of your new Open Value Subscription agreement.
  

Customers who sign a new Microsoft Open Value Subscription or Microsoft Open Value Subscription for Government agreement and are acquiring Office Professional Plus 2010 up-to-date (UTD) subscription license and Software Assurance packs can receive up to a 50% discount in the first year of the subscription agreement.

  
To learn more about Microsoft Licensing options for your business; or to get your Office 2010 Professional Plus subscription started, contact Jeff Pergolski at 800.834.7700. 
  
Still using Module Based Licensing with Microsoft Dynamics NAV?  Extend the capability of your current solution for less.  Save up to 60% off of the cost of a transition to Business Ready Licensing with Microsoft's special "License Model Transition (LMT) Offer." 

To learn how you can transition to Business Ready Licensing contact Tom Doran at [email protected]This offer ends on June 24, 2011. 
About ABC Computers 

ABC Computers has been providing a unique blend of business software solutions and computer support services to businesses - small and large - since 1984. Over the last 25+ years, we have earned a reputation for exceeding clients' expectations and developing lasting relationships by first listening - learning about your business - and only then suggesting solutions to help you achieve your objectives. 

 

With 3 locations in Wisconsin (WI), 1 location in South Bend, IN, and staff throughout the upper Midwest, ABC offers business consulting and IT services through two distinctly related teams. Our business management systems group specializes in financial management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) and Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains). ABC's computer support services team specializes in troubleshooting IT problems that disrupt business operations and transforming technology from a burden into an asset.

 
Donavan Lane, as well as each team member of ABC, is dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Thus our commitment to implementing "Business Solutions...Your Way."