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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                April 2013  

In This Issue
May 22: Midwest Regional Dynamics NAV User Event
How Job Shops Gain Improved Productivity
Is a Dynamics NAV 2013 Page Based on a SQL View Not Updating to Reflect the Latest Data Changes?
When You Outgrow Jet Essentials Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)
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Rechargeable Color Changing Mini Speaker
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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.

May Quick Quiz

Enter our Quick Quiz drawing for your chance to win this month's Shiny New Gadget. 




What embarrassing details were in the Pentagon Papers that Rand Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked to the New York Times?


a. Nixon's links to Watergate

b. Information about
c. A history of US lies about Vietnam
d. American plans for assassinating Castro
Submit your answer to [email protected]


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses on 6/7/13.


Last Quick Quiz Winner


Which company's motto is "Stand on the shoulders of giants?"  


a. Apple
b. IBM
c. Google Scholar
d. General Motors


 (C) Google Scholar


Congratulations go to

Mark Schramm

 who has won a  

ChargeCard SmartPhone Charger.





Spring is almost here, REALLY!


Something else that is almost here is the Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG) Midwest Regional meeting.  This is a full day to connect and exchange valuable, "real-life" knowledge with other NAV users, not to mention the fun of the pre-event mixer the evening before!  
All Dynamics NAV (Navision) users are invited to attend; not just ABC customers and NAVUG members. In fact, more than 75 NAV users, supported by a wide variety of Microsoft partners, attended last year. It offers an excellent opportunity to network with, and learn from, your NAV peers in your region. 
I look forward to Spring officially being here, as well as seeing you at the NAVUG event! 



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Donavan Lane, Founder

ABC Computers, Inc. 


May 22: Annual Midwest Regional Dynamics NAV User Meeting  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


Check out the agenda and register to attend.  Also, plan to join us for a welcome reception on Tuesday night, May 21st.


NOTE: Attendance is complimentary for NAVUG premium members.

Send an email to [email protected] for the discount code. For all other NAV users, there is a $25 registration fee. 


How Job Shops Gain Improved Productivity, Real-time Visibility and a Stronger Bottom Line with Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)

By:Tom Doran


One of the key challenges for manufacturers today including job shops is the ability to have access and visibility into information across the entire organization to help make better decisions that have a direct impact on the overall bottom line. Those businesses that haven't invested in an integrated ERP application such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) find it difficult to connect the moving parts across the organization causing a lack of control and inability to really understand what's happening in the business.


Continue Reading...



Is a Dynamics NAV 2013 Page Based on a SQL View Not Updating to Reflect the Latest Data Changes?     

By: Bill Warnke


Here's a Solution!


I ran into an issue with a Dynamics NAV 2013 Page whose source table was a linked object (a NAV table attached to a SQL View) that didn't reflect the current state of the data.  The only way I could to get the page to display the latest version of the data was to use the refresh button on the action tab.

To learn more on how to solve this issue and prevent it from happening to you, here is how...   

When You Outgrow Jet Essentials Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)   

By: Fria Kurowski   


If you read my last blog post on Jet Essentials, you know I'm a big fan of the product. Essentials offers a real-time reporting solution for people who know Excel and want a quick way to query information from their Microsoft Dynamics NAV software. As these databases grow, however, and as queries become more complex across years of information or multiple databases, you may find that Jet Enterprise, from Jet Reports, is a more suitable solution than Essentials.   Here is why....  
3 Steps to Prevent CRM Failure   
By: Tom Doran           

I was in a conversation with a company president recently who said to me, "The solution to our problem is CRM."  I responded, "Really? Interesting comment. Can you describe your problem again?"


For the past 15 years, I have helped companies implement software to achieve specific business objectives.  Sounds good, right?  The challenge is, however, that so often there are no specific business objectives.  Someone in the firm simply decided it was time to get new software.  Or everyone in the firm grew frustrated with the current system.  Something tipped the scales to the point that company leadership agreed to undertake the investment of time and money to investigate a new software solution.  Worse, they may have just hired a hot shot new sales manager who said, "I ran XYZ at my last company, and if we implement that, I will turn this sales team around."


Here are the 3 steps to safeguard against CRM failure:

My Favorite Windows Phone App: Photo Beamer for Photo Sharing     

By: Jeff Pergolski


When I dropped my iPhone in a glass of diet mountain dew two months ago (long story, don't ask) I was lucky enough to get it replaced with a Verizon Nokia Lumia 822.  I have spent the past two months becoming acclimated to the new Windows phone and there are a lot of great things about it.  I love how tightly it is integrated with Skydrive.  I love the design of the OS (operating system) and how great the live tiles work to keep me informed of what is happening in my world.  I love the big screen and the fact that my Windows 8 PCs share apps, information, and settings automatically with my phone based on my Windows Live ID
Of course, it isn't the perfect phone.  (Does one exist?) 

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."