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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                             February 2013

In This Issue
10 Free Apps & Resources That Make Work Easier
Reason #1 Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: The Web Client
Outsourcing Payroll: Are You Paying for a Service, But Still Doing the Work?
Technical Prospects, Recognized for Outstanding Business Achievements
ABC Computers Named 2012 VAR Star by Bob Scott's Insights
Upcoming Events
May 22: Save the Date for the BIG Midwest Regional Dynamics NAV User Event
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Customer Comment


"When I need something, I get results.  We get what we need when we need it.  ABC Computers is very responsive.  I can't speak highly enough about them.   We have been pain free for a several years, and that says a lot when it comes to ERP systems." 


Don Fremling

Breezy Hill Nursery 


Read and watch more customer testimonials.


Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:
The Automatic Wine Opener from Brookstone

Can't wait to get your lips on a nice glass of wine after a long week?  Check out  Amy Spencer's lastest find. The one touch cork remover works every time!



Distance Learning for Dynamics NAV Users


Live instructor, NAV training at your desk!

NAVUG, the independent Dynamics NAV User Group, has developed an awesome lineup of training classes for 2013.
Some of the classes will be led by ABC Consultants.

February Quick Quiz

Enter our Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win this month's Shiny New Gadget, the Automatic Wine Opener from Brookstone.



Which of these men was known as the Birdman of Alcatraz? 


a) Frank Nash

b) Robert Franklin Stroud

c) Thomas E. Ketchum

d) Charles Floyd 


 Submit your answer to [email protected].


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on 3/1/13. 

Last Quick Quiz Winner



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



d) Mick Jagger



Congratulations go to

Tracie Cochrane from

 JK Findings.
Tracie will receive a $25 Visa gift card.




I hope your business has enjoyed a strong start to the New Year.  I am very pleased to share that we have kicked off 2013 with a big BANG!


ABC Computers is excited to announce that our client, Alarm Detection Systems (ADS), has been selected as the global winner of small and medium size businesses in Microsoft's 2013 Customer Excellence Awards program.  They will be honored by Microsoft executives at an awards luncheon during Convergence in New Orleans next month.


The awards, which are presented in 16 categories, recognize Microsoft customers that have achieved outstanding accomplishments using their Dynamics ERP or CRM solution. There are over 350,000 Microsoft Dynamics customers worldwide, and Alarm Detection Systems was chosen from hundreds of nominations as the OVERALL winner of companies with less than 1,000 employees.  


We are also very proud of Technical Prospects, another one of our clients that was named a finalist for the Productivity Award.


Wow!  What an honor it is to be their Microsoft partner and to support their tremendous success!


Read the press releases for more details.



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Donavan Lane, Founder

ABC Computers, Inc. 

10 Free Apps & Resources That Make Work Easier - Part 2

Part 2 of 2 by Fria Kurowski


If you liked my last blog post, 10 Free Apps & Resources That Make Work Easier - Part 1, you'll find Part 2 equally useful.


Here are 5 more free apps and resources that make work easier.   


Reason #1 Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: The Web Client

By Tom Doran


Recently I visited a new Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) customer that wanted a more efficient way to capture time and material data from the shop floor of their manufacturing operation. As we discussed some of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV add-on options, including our own ABC Computers Shop Floor Data Collection, a light bulb turned on. (Of course, it was above my head.) What about the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client?


Your response might be, "I don't know. What is the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client?"  Here is a high-level explaination and why I think it's the best new feature in the new release.
Outsourcing Payroll: Are You Paying for a Service, But Still Doing the Work?
By Alan Chell

In my role helping clients leverage the full value of their Microsoft Dynamics NAV financial management and ERP system, I've had an opportunity to meet with a lot of business executives and talk in detail about how they are running their business. When we get to the topic of payroll and HR, many clients say "we outsource all that." Until recently, I've been quick to agree that it's a good idea and move on to other subjects. However, I've been encouraging clients to re-think that business decision since we hosted a webinar about Serenic HCM, a payroll and HR add-on solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  Here's why

ABC Computers' Client, Technical Prospects, Recognized for Outstanding Business Achievements
Named 2013 Microsoft Customer Excellence Award Finalist
ABC Computers is proud to
announce our client, Technical Prospects, was chosen from hundreds of nominations as a finalist for the ERP Productivity Award in Microsoft's 2013 Customer Excellence award program. The Productivity Award recognizes an organization that has experienced significant gains in operational efficiency by managing their business with a Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution.  Read more.
ABC Computers  Named 2012 VAR Star by Bob Scott's Insights

Company Recognized Five Times in 2012 by Industry Authorities


ABC Computers is excited to share that we have once again been selected by Bob Scott's Insights as a winner of the VAR Stars award.  2012 VAR Stars sell and implement mid-market financial management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Only 100 value-added resellers (VARs) are honored with the award each year. Read more.


Feb 21 Webinar: How to Cut Costs & Unify Your Communications with Microsoft Lync
Microsoft LyncEmail. Phone. Instant Messaging. Online Meetings. Video Chat. Desktop Sharing.

All of these tools are very helpful for collaborating with co-workers, customers and partners. But, logging into a half dozen apps every day is a real hassle. Not to mention, it's expensive and time-consuming to maintain the supporting systems.

If you're thinking, "There's got to be an easier way to utilize and manage all these communication tools," you're right. There is. And, it could save you a ton of money to boot.

Attend our 2/21 webcast and discover how Microsoft Lync can help your business:
  • Dramatically reduce communications and IT costs.
  • Connect with others anytime, anywhere, and from virtually any device using a single user interface for email, presence, IM, voice, video, calendaring, and desktop/application sharing.
  • Enhance teamwork and collaboration - whether you're across the hall or across the country. 
  • Improve operational efficiencies while reducing administrative burden.

Register here to reserve your spot and get the login instructions.


March 7 Webinar: What's New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
The Benefits of Upgrading & Functional Overview 


Curious about the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV?  Wondering if there is value in upgrading? 


Join us for a webinar on March 7th and get a tour of new functionality available in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 (version 7). Topics covered during the live demonstration will include: Microsoft Dynamics NAV logo - short

  • Role Tailored Client
  • Web Client
  • SharePoint Client
  • New Visualization Tools
  • PowerPivot Integration

Find out if upgrading is right for your business. Reserve your spot and get the login instructions now. 

May 22: Save the Date for the BIG Midwest Regional Dynamics NAV User Event  in Waupaca, WI

NAVUG logoLast year's Midwest regional Microsoft Dynamics NAV user event was so successful and widely attended that it has outgrown the usual venue. This year it will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, at the Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, WI. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a welcome reception on Tuesday night, May 21st.

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."