SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

January 24, 2006 13:00 ET

Sage Software Helps Club One Build Business Management Muscle With Sage Accpac Business Management Suite

San Francisco-Based Fitness Club Chain Consolidates Its Business Management Operations and Standardizes Its Reporting Structure Across Both Its California Owned & Operated Clubs, and ProServices Corporate Club Division

PLEASANTON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today another example of how it responds to the needs, challenges, and dreams of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with the recent successful deployment of Sage Accpac business management applications at San Francisco, CA-based fitness club chain Club One. With the assistance of Sage Accpac business partner Evanikoff Consulting, also located in San Francisco, Club One implemented Sage Accpac ERP and Sage Accpac Insight, combining their business operations and vastly improving the company's overall reporting structure while still meeting the needs of each of the company's divisions.

Club One, with 1,500 employees, is a 15-year-old company that owns and operates 14 large fitness clubs throughout California. Its Commercial division focuses on customer service, and promoting fitness as a lifestyle. Club One also operates a ProServices division, which designs, develops, and now operates 70 fitness clubs for employees of various, prominent U.S. corporations as managed contract sites.

As the ProServices division grew from 20 to 70 employee clubs, Club One found itself trying to manage multiple, disconnected accounting systems. The ProServices division's contribution to Club One's annual revenue had grown to 30 percent, but Club One's accounting department had neither access to, nor a consolidated view of this entire division's cash position on a daily basis.

To solve this problem, Club One CFO Carey White says they drew on the strength of Sage Accpac ERP as the basis to consolidate their business management systems. "We needed one system with a unified reporting structure that still met the needs of each of the divisions." White adds, "I also want to eventually integrate with the club management system, so we chose Sage Accpac." White continues, "I knew from previous experience that the software was extremely reliable; extremely robust; had a full set of functionalities and capabilities."

Because Sage Accpac ERP is the core accounting application, Club One is also able to use Sage Accpac Insight to do complex reporting that takes advantage of its single data warehouse/ multi-company model. Reports can be output by company, specially created report groups, and custom account classifications with standardized reporting structure.

Prior to its Sage Accpac implementation, Club One had been using a system that couldn't provide a single, consolidated financial report to provide unified, consistent, overall financial information on the entire company. Managers were pulling off their own financial reports, but they were never sure how their accounts were rolling up, and what those amounts really meant. "There was too much ease of access," says Club One Comptroller Bonnie Wheatley. "People would create their own reports and reach the wrong conclusions." Sage Accpac Insight eliminated the ambiguity of multiple data reporting feeds while unifying the reporting model, but still gave Club One drill-down capability, with the ability to do complex roll-ups.

Recently named a "Top 100 Product" for 2006 in the High-End & Mid-Market Accounting category for the 10th straight year by the editors of Accounting Today magazine (http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=16589&pg=acctoday), Sage Accpac ERP is an advanced, Web-based accounting and business management solution that is the foundation for an integrated set of end-to-end business management applications, including Sage Accpac CRM customer relationship management, Sage Accpac Insight reporting, Sage Accpac ePOS point-of-sale, and human resources (HR) and warehouse management applications, among others.

Concludes White, "Sage Accpac ERP and Sage Accpac Insight give us the flexibility to design a very unusual business model, and put it into one place to get reporting out of it."

Sage Accpac ERP -- Freedom of Choice

Unlike competitors, Sage Accpac ERP can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, including the ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against the same database. Sage Accpac ERP also continues to provide small enterprises with the freedom to choose from a variety of industry leading databases, including IBM® DB2® (a 3-user DB2 license is included free of charge with a license of Sage Accpac ERP), Pervasive.SQL®, Oracle®, and Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to deploying on either the Microsoft, Linux® or IBM OS400 operating systems. Sage Accpac ERP can be operated alone or integrated with other Sage Accpac end-to-end business management applications that include customer relationship management (CRM), point-of-sale (POS), human resources (HR), and warehouse management, among others. It can also be deployed either on premises, or hosted online at www.accpaconline.com.

Sage Accpac ERP and Sage Accpac Insight are available from Sage Accpac business partners across North America. To locate a Sage Accpac business partner near you, call 1-800-945-8007, or visit www.sageaccpac.com.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.5 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.7 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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