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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                September 2013


In This Issue
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, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
1990 Godfrey Drive
Waupaca, WI  54981
Technical Support 

General Inquiries


 ABC Computers
Customer Comment


"With the help of ABC Computers and Microsoft Dynamics NAV we have saved over $100,000 per year and grown without adding staff!"

Kevin Fons, Material Manager,
Saris Cycling Group

Read and watch more testimonials  

 Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:


HydraCoach Water Bottle



 Check it out! 

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.

September Quick Quiz

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



If you uncoiled and straightened out a toy slinky, how many feet would it measure?


a. 36 Feet

b. 55 Feet

c. 71 Feet

d. 87 Feet


  Submit your answer to [email protected]


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses. 

Last Quick Quiz Winner


When was the Declaration of Independence signed by the majority of signers?


a. July 2

b. July 4
c. July 5
d. August 2



 (D) August 2


Congratulations go to

Nicole Meyer

 who has won a
Luci Lantern.



I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer - every year I hear more and more people saying how fast it went, and this year was no exception! At home, as we get the kids ready for school, we become a little excited with the sense of normalcy and routine coming back. At ABC, we begin to look ahead at upcoming events in the fall, and there is an excellent one to consider - that is the NAVUG Forum in Tampa, Florida, from October 22nd to the 24th. This is a conference dedicated to Microsoft Dynamics NAV and is a great networking opportunity with other users to discuss issues, solutions and ideas to help improve your business. Networking with other users has proved to be a great way to gather tips and tricks on how to better run NAV; this helps our customers become more self-sufficient, which ultimately, will save them money. Being a Vikings fan (yes, it's that time of the year, too), I look forward to hearing former NFL coach Tony Dungy give the keynote. I hope you can make it to the event!



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Mark Christie, CEO

ABC Computers, Inc. 


ABC Computers Selected as One of Bob Scott's Insights Top 100 VARs for 2013
WAUPACA, WI - JULY 30, 2013- ABC Computers, a gold certified Microsoft partner, is proud to announce it has been chosen for the 5th year in a row as one of Bob Scott's Insights Top 100 VARs for 2013. The Top 100 are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.
"We want to congratulate this year's class of Bob Scott's Top 100 VARs," said Bob Scott, executive editor of Bob Scott's Insights.
Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 14 years. He has published this information via the Bob Scott's Insights newsletter and website since 2009. Read More...
Dynamics NAV Security - Can't everybody just be a super user?!

By: Fria Kurowski


One of the most impressive features of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is the ability to drill down from any transaction right to the general ledger entries. Some might consider this to be one of the most annoying features of NAV if you're trying to limit access to sensitive financial information. Setting up security for all of these users, with various levels of access, can be time-consuming and challenging, yet necessary. Making everyone a super user and hoping they don't access general ledger information really isn't the best solution!  Read More...
ABC Computers' Donavan Lane Named One of 2013's Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics Worldwide by DynamicsWorld
Donavan Lane, ABC Computers Owner
WAUPACA, WI - JULY 30, 2013- ABC Computers, a gold certified Microsoft partner, is pleased to announce that founder Donavan Lane was chosen by DynamicsWorld as one of the Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics for 2013.
Mr. Lane was ranked #51 out of a list of 100 from around the world. This prestigious list is based on a number of criteria, and with more than 30,000 unique voters and nearly 400,000 votes, it is firmly established in the Microsoft Dynamics community. Criteria included number of nominations received, number of Microsoft Dynamics employees, number of clients, social media followers, years of experience with Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft MVP recipients, and Forum contributors. Read More...
Server 2012 and Windows 8.1   

By Ben Bolte


Each year in July, Microsoft has its annual Worldwide Partner Conference.  Microsoft's top partners from around the world all come to see what's happened in the past 12 months and what we have to look forward to in the next 12-24 months.  The interesting part is, over the years I've seen their vision be much more forward thinking than it appears now.  It was about 5 years ago that they announced the vision that we're seeing now with Azure and the Office 365 products maturing.  As with everything these days, it seems like the evolution from just mere thoughts to production is shrinking.  I'm sure you see it in your business as we do in ours. 
Technology is allowing companies like Microsoft to take the feedback from its clients and make revisions based on their needs and desires. Think about it: Windows 8 and Server 2012 are already nearly a year old.  In the past, many companies were slow to change.  They would wait a year or two or for a service pack before they would install a new operating system.  Read More...
Where is my office today? Wherever I want it to be.
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The weekly 3:45PM meeting was about to start.  At 3:44PM only two employees had joined the online meeting early; however, in the next 60 seconds, the remaining 33 attendees along with the meeting leader promptly connected and the meeting started on time with not a second to spare. The silence was broken by excited staff members sharing their weekly results, beating the forecasted expectations.  Promptly at 3:59PM, the meeting was drawing to a close with the leader asking, "Does anyone have anything else to share? "Waiting the historic seven seconds for a response, the leader declared, "If there's nothing else, then let's get back to our business!"  The meeting ended.  You might be asking yourself, what's so special about this meeting? 
The plane was crowded. It was a full flight as anxious passengers found their seats. The founder of ABC Computers, Donavan Lane, noticed the placard on the blue leather headrest in front of him.
 It said, "Wi-Fi Available."  Within minutes after takeoff, he heard the familiar "ding" and noticed the overhead light signifying was ok to use electronics and decided to connect to the Wi-Fi to work on a few tasks. Read More...

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."