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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                   October 2011

800-834-7700                                                                                                        www.ABC-Computers.com
In This Issue
Don't Miss These Tax Saving Opportunities
7 Tips for Selecting the Right IT Service Provider and Reducing Your Computer Support Costs
How to Pick a Good Password
Microsoft Certified Partner Credentials Explained
How to Protect Your Kids Online
7 Great Benefits of Microsoft Office 365 & Dynamics NAV ERP Integration
3 Upcoming Webcasts
NAVUG Forum
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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.

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1990 Godfrey Drive
PO Box 546
Waupaca, WI  54981
 
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Shop Floor Data Collection for Dynamics NAV Now Available from ABC Computers
ABC is pleased to announce that it has developed a solution that makes it easier for Dynamics NAV users to calculate actual production costs more quickly and accurately.
Let us show you how we've brought data collection directly to the shop floor where you can capture labor and output against a production order in real-time - swiftly, efficiently and affordably.

 

Contact us at 800-834-7700 for a demo or attend our November 2nd webcast.

 

Dynamics NAV 
Tips & Tricks

How to Put Role Tailored Client Reports at Your Fingertips

 

 
Shiny New Gadget of the Month
The USB Power Cube from LOGiiX  is perfect for quick-charging USB powered devices when you don't have time to get out your laptop. 

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October Quick Quiz
 
Enter our monthly Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win the shiny new gadget of the month, a LOGiiX USB Power Cube
 
Which of these great construction and engineering achievements in American history was unofficially opened on August 15, 1914?

a) The Panama Canal
b) Alcatraz
c) Mount Rushmore

Submit your answer to
[email protected].

A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on
November 10, 2011.

Greetings!  

 

Normally, I don't like to open our newsletter with a product-related story, but the implementation of Microsoft Lync at ABC Computers has had such an incredible impact that I just have to tell you about it. It is transforming the way our 35 team members communicate and saving us more than $18,000 in annual telephone charges!

 

What is Microsoft Lync? 

  

It joins several methods of communication in a single, unified interface.  It combines the features of a traditional phone system with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and eliminates the need for separate instances of e-mail, instant messaging (IM), video conferencing, desktop sharing (e.g. GoToMeeting), and presence management applications. 

 

Using a simple IM-like console on their desktops, our employees can have phone conversations with anyone inside or outside of the company, see each other's availability, launch a video conference and share their screens.  

 

Here's the coolest part... 

  

Your office can be anywhere you are - even a mile up in the sky!  Last week I flew to Orlando on a plane with WiFi service.  Using my laptop, the WiFi and a USB headset, I was able to participate in a live conference call during the flight, right there from my seat.  Unbelievable!

 

What's even better is that there is no server expense or maintenance because we have Microsoft Lync hosted in the cloud for a nominal per user monthly fee. 

 

Give us a call if you want to learn more and see Microsoft Lync in action. 

 

Sincerely,
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Donavan Lane, CEO
ABC Computers, Inc.  
Don't Miss Your Opportunity for Significant Tax Savings: Bonus Depreciation and Section 179

Uncle SamImproving business operations is not the only reason forward-thinking companies are making capital investments this year. Temporary tax laws have created added incentive.

 

If your business purchases new software or hardware in 2011, you could dramatically reduce how much you pay Uncle Sam with Bonus Depreciation and Section 179. Taking advantage of the tax benefits is not difficult, but you could miss the boat if you don't keep these important dates in mind.

7 Tips for Selecting the Right IT Service Provider and Reducing Your Computer Support Costs

Report IconFinding a trustworthy and competent technology consultant can be challenging. It's a lot like trying to find a good mechanic. In both cases, it's easy for a technician to take advantage of their customer's lack of knowledge.

 

Sometimes you don't know that you've hired the wrong IT person or firm until you are halfway through a project and have invested substantial time and money. Other times it is not that obvious. Before outsourcing your computer support or hiring any consultant to work on your network, consider this advice.

How to Pick a Secure Password

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You've got one for every site and every application you use - e-mail, online banking, social media sites, and your CRM system, just to name a few.

 

With so many password protected sites to keep track of, the inclination is to always use the same password for every site or to make it so easy you can't possibly forget it (like using Password123). Unfortunately, this compromises all of your data and makes it easy for cyber-attackers to steal sensitive, confidential information. Here are 7 tips for choosing a secure password.

The Significance of Microsoft Certified Partner Credentials: What They Mean for You

Most people don't understand the significance of a Microsoft Partner logo or what the silver and gold text means. We don't blaNewMicrosoftCompetencyLogome you. It's like trying to decipher hieroglyphics. Why should you care?  

Actually, there are quite a few reasons. The Microsoft silver & gold competencies are put in place to ensure that customers are always working with trusted experts that are the right fit for their business. If you're working with a company that doesn't have these certifications, you're taking a big risk. Here is an explanation of the Microsoft partner credentials and what they mean for you.

How to Protect Your Kids Online for $40 or Less

Nearly 90% of 8-16 year olds have seen inappropriate images online. Most of them stumble upon it as a result of conducting research for their homework. With frightening numbers of pornography, child predators, and other harmful online risks, protecting your children's online activity is a MUST. With these 4 features, Net Nanny Parental Controls software by ContentWatch helps you do just that.

7 Great Benefits of Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics NAV ERP Software Integration

Microsoft Office 365Microsoft recently announced that its Office 365 and Dynamics NAV are now being offered as an integrated system. The interoperability between the two solutions amplifies the value of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and ushers in a new era of productivity.

When you Microsoft Dynamics NAV logo - shortcombine Microsoft Dynamics NAV with the everyday office applications found in Office 365 (Word and Sharepoint, for example) there are 7 additional benefits you'll be able to reap.

Upcoming Events & ABC Webcasts

 

WebinarTo reserve your "seat" and receive login instructions for any of the upcoming ABC webcasts, register by clicking on the event title or visiting www.ABC-Computers.com/events.

 

Wednesday, 11/2:  Improving Cost Control & Margins with ABC's Shop Floor Data Collection for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 

  

Learn how ABC has made it easier for Dynamics NAV users to calculate actual production costs more quickly and accurately. You'll see how we've brought data collection directly to the shop floor where you can capture labor and output against a production order in real-time - swiftly, efficiently and affordably.

 

Wednesday, 11/16: Jet Reports: Creating Powerful, Excel-Based Reports from Anywhere in Microsoft Dynamics

Would you like a reporting solution that could access every piece of data in your Microsoft Dynamics NAV database - including all add-on modules and third-party software solutions?  What if it was so easy to learn that you could pick it up in an hour and design reports up to 10x faster?

Attend this webcast and learn how Jet Reports puts the power of business reporting at your fingertips.

 

Wednesday, 11/30:  Using Dynamics NAV and agilesWorkflow to Help Employees Focus on the Right Tasks at the Right Time

During this 1 hour online presentation, learn how you can identify, analyze and optimize businesses processes both inside and outside of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  

 

November 8-10, 2011: NAVUG Forum in Las Vegas

NAVUG Forum 2011 

We're attending. Are you?  Organized by an independent association of companies sharing the common interest of optimizing their usage of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, NAVUG Forum will have a jam packed agenda featuring over 85 breakouts sessions, including roundtables, Microsoft Conduits, Partner Showcase Theatres, Customer Showcase Theatres and How2 sessions. Check out the NAVUG Forum 2011 web site and register for the event!

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."