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    ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                         August 2012

In This Issue
How to Find a Lost or Stolen Phone and Important Steps to Take BEFORE It Happens
Microsoft's Response to the iPad Surfaces
15 Ways Microsoft Dynamics NAV Helps Job Shops Improve Cost Estimating & Profitability
The Top 7 Reasons Dynamics NAV Users Should Attend NAVUG Forum
Upcoming Events
ABC Computers Named to 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club
ABC Computers
 Services & Solutions
ABC Computers
Offices in Waupaca, Rhinelander and
La Crosse, WI, as well as South Bend, IN.
Staff located throughout the Midwest including Akron, Indianapolis, Madison and Milwaukee.
1990 Godfrey Drive
PO Box 546
Waupaca, WI  54981
Technical Support 

General Inquiries


 ABC Computers
Customer Comment

Anthony Eisemann  

"Because we've automated many of our processes, we've been able to grow from $8 million to $12 million without adding any new staff to handle the additional customer service needs. Much of that is due to the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the ABC team.


ABC made this 
happen for us and we are extremely pleased with the results. Right from the start, their talented staff took the time to understand our needs, streamline our processes and customize the solution to fit our business. They are the best at what they do."

Anthony Eisemann

IT Manager
Anderson Manufacturing 


Read and watch more customer testimonials.


Famous Words of
Mark Twain
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 pay is a sincere recommendation to a colleague.

Your introduction would mean a lot to us.
Tips & Tricks
Shiny New Gadget of the Month: iRig MIC Cast Pocket-Sized Voice Recording Microphone


If you need to voice record podcasts, interviews, lectures, voice memos, or speeches, your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad isn't the best option because their built-in microphones are not designed to record high-quality audio.
For those occasions where quality matters, we recommend using the iRig MIC Cast with your iOS device. 


 Discover why.


August Quick Quiz

Enter our Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win this month's shiny new gadget -- an

iRig MIC Cast Pocket-Sized Voice Recording Microphone.



What began its association with sports in 1927 through advertising on a wall of a minor league baseball park?


            a) Gatorade 
            b) Wheaties
            c) Hot Dogs

            d) Beer


Submit your answer to


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on
September 7, 2012.

Last Quick
Quiz Winner



Which Roman god is June named after?


      a) Queen of the Gods
      b) God of War
      c) God of Earth



a) Queen of the Gods 


Congratulations go to

Andrea Corso of

Raphael Industries


Andrea will receive the shiny new gadget that was featured in our last newsletter, a Sunhood for her Laptop, Netbook, Tablet PC or iPad




Can you believe Labor Day is around the corner?  I hope you've been able to enjoy some well-deserved downtime this summer.

Last month was especially fun and rewarding for us at ABC Computers.  You see, a train that I built from recycled barrels has become a featured attraction in Waupaca's annual July 4th parade.  Each year I pull kids in the train while ABC employees and their families hand  out more than 800 pounds of candy to parade-goers.  It has become a tradition that both the community and our company look forward to every year. ABC Train July 4th Parade

In fact, our little train has become so popular that riding in it during the parade is now a prize in our library's summer reading program.  Five year old, Elaina Beekman, was this year's lucky winner.  Her name was drawn from more than 650 children who set reading goals for their summer vacation.  It is a privilege and an honor to support such an awesome cause!

If you aren't already, I strongly encourage you to get involved with your own local community.  Not only are you lending support through your time, goods or services, you're also strengthening your community - making it a better place to live and do business.  You'll discover, as we have, doing good and doing well go hand in hand.  It creates a cascading sequence of positive events; the community improves, the community feels a connection with you and your business grows.  Most importantly, it shows that you're more than just your businesses' bottom line. 

Ben Franklin once said, "A good conscience is a continual Christmas."  I couldn't agree more. 



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Donavan Lane, CEO 

ABC Computers, Inc. 

How to Find a Lost or Stolen Phone and Important Steps to Take BEFORE It Happens

We've all felt that moment of panic when you realize you have no idea where your phone is. Your mind begins to race,  "Where did I have it last?  Is it simply stuck between the seat cushions or did I leave it at that restaurant?  Oh no, what if it's stolen?!"  Then, you borrow a friend's phone and call yours hoping to hear it ring... Drat, no luck!


The reason we panic is we're worried about what we lost. Not only are Smartphones expensive to replace, but they're also packed with important and sensitive information.


Learn how to track down your phone and what can be done BEFORE your phone is lost or stolen to assist you when it happens

Microsoft's Response to the iPad Surfaces


ABC Computers' Technical Service Director, Ben Bolte, will be standing in line to be one of the first to purchase Microsoft's answer to the iPad, Surface, when it's released this fall. 


Find out why and watch a sneak peek video.

15 Ways Microsoft Dynamics NAV Helps Job Shops Improve Cost Estimating & Profitability


Job Shops often struggle with estimating because they don't start with knowing the real cost of manufacturing the parts they buy or make, and/or they don't record those numbers in a consistent, easily accessible system. Companies that invest in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software have greater insight into the information they need to make better decisions and drive more profitability.  


So, what does a Job Shop get from investing in the right ERP software?  Here are 15 ways Microsoft Dynamics NAV helps improve job cost estimating and profitability.

The Top 7 Reasons Dynamics NAV Users Should Attend NAVUG Forum in Seattle October 15-18, 2012

NAVUG Forum 

Designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users, Forum is a national conference independently run by the Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG). 


This annual event, which will take place October 15-18 in Seattle, offers a unique and intimate opportunity to learn from and network with 300 other users.  In addition to nearly 90 breakout sessions, the conference will have an expo featuring some of the top Dynamics NAV add-on solutions that could help drive more productivity from your implementation.


Many of our customers ask about the benefits, so we put together the top 7 reasons you should attend NAVUG Forum 2012.


Upcoming Events

effective inventory managementChoosing and Evaluating Vendors: It's not Just About the Price
Thursday, September 13, 2012
1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern  


Effective Inventory Management expert and author, Jon Schreibfeder, will explain how all the considerations for choosing a vendor can impact your bottom line. 



Tablet PCsUsing Tablet PCs in Business - The Benefits, Drawbacks & Considerations
Thursday, September 20, 2012
10:00 AM Central / 11:00 AM Eastern 

Presented by ABC Computers and sponsored by NAVUG, there is no charge to attend this highly informative event.  However, space is limited. Reserve your spot and get the login instructions now.


The Manufacturing ERP Experience

October 3-4, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Cleveland, OH


Learn about the latest developments in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software at this timely and focused 1.5 day event hosted by MetalForming magazine. You'll also have the chance to tour the industry's leading systems for small to midsized manufacturing companies. See us there in Meaden and Moore's booth or giving demonstrations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the Capri boardroom.


For more information and to register for the event, visit Metalforming Magazine's web site.  Act by August 31, 2012 and save $50!


 NAVUG Forum 2012: October 15-18 in Seattle, WA


Microsoft Dynamics NAV logo - shortDesigned exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users, Forum is an annual conference independently run by NAVUG. With 300 anticipated attendees and nearly 90 breakout sessions, it offers a unique and intimate opportunity to:

  • Pick up best-practices from other Dynamics NAV users.
  • Participate in training sessions.
  • Dive deep into Dynamics NAV to tackle challenges and goals by learning from others who use the product in the same way we do
  • Engage in interactive roundtable discussions and valuable networking opportunities 
  • Expore Dynamics NAV add-on solutions that could help drive more productivity from our implementation.



ABC Computers Named to 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club

Microsoft President's Club 2012


We are pleased to share that ABC Computers has been named to the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club for the third time in four years. 


The Microsoft Dynamics President's Club honors high-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners with commitments to customers that are reflected in their business success and growth. This prestigious group represents the top 5 percent of Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide.


"We are proud of this Microsoft distinction because it salutes our commitment to helping customers transform technology into an asset that increases their productivity, profitability and competitive edge," said Donavan Lane, CEO of ABC. "Knowing there are more than 2,600 Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide, it's an honor to be named among the top 5% as a President's Club Member."


Read the press release.

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).  

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."