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ABC Computers eNewsletter                                                                                                    October 2014

800-834-7700                                                                                                        www.ABC-Computers.com

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.
  
Headquarters 
1990 Godfrey Drive
Waupaca, WI  54981
 
Phone
800.834.7700
 
Technical Support 

General Inquiries

Website

 ABC Computers
Customer Comment
"We have worked with ABC Computers for over 15 years. They're terrific to work with. They provide the IT help we need on a level that we understand."
  
  Terri Schulz

President

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
 

Read and watch more testimonials  

 Shiny New Gadget
of the Month:
 
Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

 

Days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping. Brighten up your desk and your day with this Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp!

Learn more about it here

 

October Quick Quiz

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

  

Question:

  

In 1882 the first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built in what Wisconsin city?
  

a. Milwaukee

 

b. Wausau

 

c. Fox River

 

d. Hayward


 

Submit your answer to [email protected]

A winner will be drawn from the correct responses. 

Last Month's

Quick Quiz

Question:

 

South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo is Indiana's oldest zoo. What year was it opened?
  

a. 1900

 

b. 1902

 

c. 1917

 

d. 1923


 

Answer:

b. 1902

  

Winner:

Congratulations go to

Linda Johnson

Lawrence & Tyler Law Office

who won the Rescue Portable USB Battery Pack

  

 

In the last newsletter I said "I believe summer is officially over", and I now I know it!  I work out of our Onalaska office and last week I had a chance to visit our offices in South Bend, Waupaca, and Rhinelander - turns out it is jacket weather and the trees are turning colors.  So, I can now say "I believe fall is officially here" and I hope we can go a couple months before having to say winter... 

 

We had a large team of 9 staff that attended Directions, which is a partner-only NAV event.  It was awesome to see and touch NAV 2015 and there are some great tools beside functionality that has been released.  Tom has a blog entry this month that goes into more details - we're optimistic and excited, and will share more as we gain experience.

 

The next big event is next week and that is NAVUG Summit, which is the national NAV user group meeting.  It will be exciting to hear the NAV 2015 buzz amongst the user community. If you are able to attend, I highly encourage you as the networking with peers has tremendous value - I hope to see you there!

 

 

  

Sincerely,

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Mark Christie, CEO

ABC Computers, Inc. 

 

What if you could upgrade your Dynamics NAV system in under a week?

By Tom Doran

 

What if you could upgrade you Dynamics NAV system in under a week?
Crazy right?  I am not so certain.  The Microsoft Dynamics NAV partner community just finished our annual conference (Directions).  During this meeting Microsoft showed us NAV 2015.  All I can say is "holy smokes"!  I will go into some of the other features that are really cool in a minute, but the upgrade tool is flat out amazing.

 

Microsoft has clearly listened to their customers.  A major complaint the past few years is that users of Dynamics NAV simply had a very hard time cost justifying a system upgrade.  System updates that previously may have run from $25,000 to $40,000 skyrocket to well over $100,000.  Obviously, no one liked this trend.  The driver was the redesign of Dynamics NAV from the ground up by Microsoft.  While, ultimately, we were all promised that this work would pay off in the long run, for the past 4-5 years it has been painful for customers who needed to upgrade their system.  Microsoft has finally delivered on the promise.  During our meeting they upgraded a 2 GB NAV database with modifications in 11 minutes.  LIVE...While we all watched!  This is going to have a very positive impact on existing NAV users in the long run.

 

  

Microsoft Azure: Taking Cloud to the next level Part 2 - Azure Automation

By Jeffrey Pergolski

 


 

This is the second installment in my three part series about Microsoft Azure.  In the first installment I reviewed the basics and how Azure can be used to help increase efficiency within your IT environment, as well as reducing costs.  In this installment we'll dig a little deeper into Azure and how you might get started with Azure.  As always, you can find more info about Microsoft Azure by heading to http://azure.microsoft.com for the latest and greatest information. 

 

The great (and sometimes difficult) thing about cloud based solutions is that they are constantly changing.  Maybe changing isn't the right word. It's more accurate to say they are constantly evolving and that would be the case with Microsoft Azure as well.  Almost daily, Microsoft is releasing updates to Azure, either in its compatibility, functionality, or deployment options.  This constant state of improvement shouldn't be overwhelming as these changes will ultimately benefit end users in terms of added functionality and more flexible deployment options. 

 

Read More.

   

 

Doing good and doing well - Well is a deep subject.

By Donavan Lane

 
 

This past August I was privileged to be a part of a humanitarian team that helped provide cisterns for storing clean drinking water to the remote Maiuni Village in Kenya, Africa.  It gave me pause to see the impact of what clean drinking water will do to improve the quality of life for our fellow mankind.

 

As companies and individuals here in the United States most citizens take the basic necessities of life for granted.   As responsible companies and individuals when we take to heart that doing good and doing well go hand in hand, we raise our entire team to a higher level of wellbeing.  Then being responsible we make a bold statement that clean water should be the basic right of each individual on this planet.

 

 

To understand the process of doing good and doing well, it all starts with individuals that are catalyst.  They are the glue, the stickiness that attracts others that want to lead and help.  The origin of our trip started years ago with an amazing leader born in the Maiuni Village, Nicholas Syano.  As many of the Kenyan citizens, Nicholas is a smart, driven individual that wanted a higher education whose knowledge would somehow lead to bringing his village an improved quality of life.

 

10 Fun Facts That You May Not Know about Wisconsin

By Abbe Robinson

 

  1.  The House on the Rock was designed and built in the early 1940s. It is considered an architectural marvel and is perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. The 14-room house is now a complex of rooms, streets, buildings, and gardens covering over 200 acres. The Infinity Room contains 3,264 windows.

 

 

 

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."