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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                March 2014        


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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 and Florida including Akron, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis
1990 Godfrey Drive
Waupaca, WI  54981
Technical Support 

General Inquiries


 ABC Computers
Customer Comment


"The culture you created at ABC makes it a true gem and to have the founder of ABC make appearances at Caplugs multiple times speaks to the importance of a great business relationship and how you value us as a partner and we will always be appreciative of that.  We are not a number to you - that couldn't be any clearer."


Tony Darden, Caplugs/Protective Industries

Read and watch more testimonials  

 Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:

Virtual Mouse, turn any flat surface into a mousepad!



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.

November Quick Quiz

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



 In America it is called a radio antenna.  In Britain, what is it called?



  Submit your answer to


A winner will be drawn from the correct responses. 

Last Quick Quiz Winner


George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America on which date?

a. November 26, 1789

b. November 22, 1791

c. November 28, 1794

d. November 20, 1797 



 (a.) November 26, 1789


Congratulations go to

Leon Eck

Hebrew Orthodox Congregation 






Spring is almost here!  Really, I think it might be!  For most of us it has been a long winter... and warmer days are around the corner. Being able to get outdoors with the smells of spring will be a welcomed change.


I hope 2014 has started out well for you - it has for ABC and we are looking forward to the rest of the year.  Several of us were able to attend the Microsoft Convergence event a couple weeks ago in Atlanta - this is always a great event to network and connect with other customers, partners with add-on products, and Microsoft themselves.  We had a few of our customers attend, including some first-timers, which is always a great reminder to see just how beneficial this event can be - as their eyes glazed over with all the information to take back!


There are a couple upcoming events that would be ideal to attend - both are NAVUG events (the NAV User Group).  The first one is a regional meeting in Deerfield, IL on May 22nd (be sure to come the evening before for the social mixer - the networking with other customers is invaluable).  Farther out is the national event - NAVUG Summit - held in St. Louis, MO from October 14-17.  I highly encourage you to consider attending, and sending more than one person if possible.  The connections you will make and information you gain have great value.  If you have any questions regarding either event, please reach out to anyone from ABC - I hope to see you at one of the events!




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Mark Christie, CEO

ABC Computers, Inc. 


How to Help "Lean Out" Your NAV
By John Grant
While the very thought of mentioning lean thinking and ERP systems in the same sentence might have some lean purists rolling their eyes, the use of ERP as a tool to facilitate business processes is critical. In fact "Value Stream Mapping", the lean approach to mapping a process, has two key elements that are mapped, the physical flow or activities as well as the information flow. It acknowledges the linkage between material flow and information flow. Lean and Value Stream Mapping are about eliminating waste. NAV being a very configurable and flexible system can facilitate in the elimination of waste in your current processes - See more at: Read More.

The Value of a Communication Plan

By Tim Shanahan


Have you ever been on a project where roles were not clearly defined?  Perhaps operations and business did not see eye to eye or recognize boundaries.  By applying best practices from project management methodologies, the development of a communication plan at the lead of the project can help to set the boundaries and keep the work required on track. - Read More


One Place to Save Everything...Microsoft OneDrive

By Ben Bolte 


I've been asked a lot lately about OneDrive.  A lot of people are upgrading to Windows 8 and 8.1 devices and they see the integration with OneDrive and are starting to ask questions.  Questions like:


-        What is OneDrive?

-        Is OneDrive for Business the same thing?

-        Why would I use this?

-        Does this work with my older Windows 7 PCs?

-        Should all of my users be using this?

-        Can I access this stuff from my phone or tablet?

These are all great questions. - Read More 



Rapid Start Can Save Time, Money, and Headaches
  By Jenny Hollingsworth

You say no way and how is that? Well, let it be said. Microsoft has harmonized the ERP implementation basics with the increased value of tools such as RapidStart, Jet Express, Automated Bank Reconciliation, Mapping tools for integration and much more. Let us journey and create that fen shui which all implementation approaches should build upon, a 'passion' to solve business needs, implementation techniques to leverage, tools to reduce stress and drive client buy in. - 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."