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    ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                       December 2012

In This Issue
ABC Computers' Holiday Hours
10 Free Apps & Resources That Make Work Easier
How to Close a Fiscal Year in Dynamics NAV
10 Gift Ideas for Gadget & Tech Lovers
5 Reasons Tree Huggers (and Accountants) Love the Zetadocs for NAV
Windows Phone 8 vs. iPhone
NAV Year End Promotion
Why Attend Microsoft Convergence 2013?
Dec 19 Webinar: NAV 2013 Functional Preview
Jan 23: Next Midwest NAV User Group Meeting
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


"ABC Computers could not be easier to work with.
They are extremely knowledgeable and professional.
The ABC team was willing to perform the conversion in a way we were comfortable with. They showed us that we can be on an upgrade cycle with Navision with minimal interruption to our business."


Mark Schramm
MIS Director
Alarm Detection Systems


Read and watch more customer testimonials.


Shiny New Gadget
of the Month: JibJab Personalized e-Cards & Music Videos


Know someone who could use a good laugh?  

Looking for a creative alternative to the traditional greeting card?


Use JibJab's web site to create personalized e-cards and music videos starring you, friends, family or co-workers!


Holidays 2012 video greeting card from ABC Computers
Holiday Greetings Video from ABC Computers


Quick Quiz

Enter our Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win a $25 VISA gift card that can be used towards a JibJab membership.



Which of these music artists was not born during the month of December?


a) Jimmy Buffet

b) Jim Morrison

c) Ozzy Osbourne

d) Mick Jagger


 Submit your answer to [email protected].


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on 
January 11, 2013.


 Quick Quiz



What U.S. President
was elected, defeated, then re-elected?


a) Cleveland

b) Roosevelt

c) Jackson

d) Johnson



b) Roosevelt



Congratulations go to

Mary Klink
Visual Pak Companies


Mary will receive the shiny new gadget featured in our last newsletter, Sugru - A Fix It All That Inspires Your Inner MacGyver




Happy holidays! 


As 2012 comes to a close and I look forward to the New Year, I can't help but get excited about the great things our customers will be able to achieve in 2013 with the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV financial management and ERP software. Hands down, 2013 (version 7) is the best release of Dynamics NAV in more than 10 years.


In the past, we would sometimes advise clients to wait awhile before upgrading to a new version of software, but I can't wait to help them leverage all the new functionality NAV 2013 has to offer. 


If you haven't taken a look at NAV 2013 yet, I invite you to see a functional preview in our webinar on December 19th.  Register here for the login instructions.



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Donavan Lane, CEO 

ABC Computers, Inc. 

ABC Computers' Holiday Hours


In observance of the upcoming holidays, our offices will be closed on the following days:  

  • Monday, December 24, 2012 (at Noon)
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2012
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013

As always, our 24/7 phone system will be monitored by a live person in case of emergency. Call 800-834-7700 for support.


10 Free Apps & Resources That Make Work Easier

Part 1 of 2


During a recent breakfast meeting hosted by the LaPorte Chamber of Commerce, ABC's Fria Kurowski gave a presentation on 10 free apps and resources that make work easier.  The attendee response was so positive that we thought we'd also share them with you. 


Since you'll probably want to check out each tool and the goal is to give you back time; not consume more of it, the list has been broken down into 2 parts.  Here are the first 5.


How to Close a Fiscal Year in Microsoft Dynamics NAV: Instructions for Annual Closing Operations



At the end of every fiscal year, accounting people often ask us how to close the books in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It is a fairly straightforward process, but because it only happens once a year, users often forget what to do.


In this blog post, we outline both high level and detailed instructions for closing the fiscal year and income statement in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.


10 Gift Ideas for Gadget & Tech Lovers


It's gift giving season! Stumped for ideas?


Look no further than this recap of the shiny new gadgets we have featured in our technology blog.


Most cost less than $40.


5 Reasons Why Tree Huggers (and Accountants) Love the Zetadocs Document Management for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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Many companies have growing concerns over the amount of paper they are using. They're  worried about both the cost and the impact on our environment.


As a result, a lot of our clients are taking a close look at Zetadocs fr om Equisys. Zetadocs is quickly becoming the docum ent management system of choice for NAV users (and tree huggers alike). 


Here are 5 reasons why


First Impressions: How the Windows Phone 8 Compares to the iPhone


Windows 8

Curious about the new Windows

Phone 8?  Wondering how it compares to the  iPhone?  


ABC Computers' Technical Services Director, Ben Bolte, took the plunge. 


Read about his first impressions.  


Year End Promotion for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Customers: 10% Off Additional User Licenses


For ABC Computers' clients who are currently using Microsoft Dynamics NAV, here's a special offer you won't want to miss!  Purchase new user licenses before December 31, 2012, and take 10% off the list price.


If your company runs Microsoft Dynamics NAV and plans to add new users in the near future, this is a great opportunity to save money on your investment.


Contact your ABC Account Manager for details and to take advantage of this special year end promotion.


Why Attend Microsoft Convergence 2013? 


Convergence, Microsoft's annual conference for Dynamics software users, will take place in New Orleans from March 18-21, 2013.


Many customers ask us why they should invest in attending.  We understand their dilemma. Competing priorities and mounting demands make it difficult to justify time away from the office.  


Here are the reasons our NAV customers should make the time to go. (Hint: Stephen Covey's 7th Habit)


For more information about the conference or to register for it, visit the official Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 web site. You can save $300 per attendee by registering before January 25, 2013.


Dec 19 Webinar: A Functional Preview of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

NAV 2013   
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (aka version 7) has been released. Join us on December 19th to learn about the new functionality that is now available. Topics will include:
  • Role Tailored Client
  • Web client
  • SharePoint client
  • New visualization tools
  • PowerPivot Integration
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Register with NAVUG for the login details.
Jan 23: Next Midwest NAV User Group Meeting


Microsoft Dynamics NAV users - Save the date for the next NAVUG Midwest regional chapter meeting!    NAVUG logo


January 23, 2013 

Microsoft Milwaukee

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Membership is NOT required and there is no cost to attend. However, we do ask that you RSVP in advance


Register here on the NAVUG web site.  


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."