Sage Software, Inc.

Sage Software, Inc.

May 23, 2006 09:12 ET

Sage Software Ships Enhanced Sage Abra HRMS for Mid-Sized U.S. and Canadian Organizations

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(CCNMatthews - May 23, 2006) - Sage Software announced today the availability of Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1, featuring support for mid-sized U.S. and Canadian businesses and organizations, and integration with the new Sage Abra eRecruiter, also released today. Supporting the Microsoftr SQL Server and MSDE databases, Sage Abra HRMS (human resource management system) version 8.1 brings more flexibility, ease-of-use, and reporting options to the award-winning Sage Abra HRMS system.

"Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 includes HR, attendance and training modules to comprehensively meet the HR management, information tracking, reporting, and legislative compliance needs of North American organizations," said Karl Grass, vice president and general manager for Sage Abra HRMS and Sage Payroll Services at Sage Software. "Upon installation of version 8.1, customers can choose the configuration appropriate for their organization, including U.S., Canada, or both."

Features in Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 include enhanced job description information, more flexibility in defining employee seniority for attendance purposes, additional options for tracking vacation time, and step rates for such organizations as municipalities, universities, and union-based industries. Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 also features tight integration with Sage Payroll Services for U.S. companies, and offers an optional link to ADP Canadian payroll services.

"Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 gracefully handles the Canada/U.S. features," said Allan Johnson, manager of infrastructure and technology at Children's Aid Society of Algoma (Ontario), a Sage Abra HRMS customer for more than six years, with 170 employees and four locations in Northern Ontario. "We especially like the enhanced employee features, such as seniority attendance tracking and new vacation tracking choices."

For Canadian organizations, Sage Abra HRMS now tracks PIPEDA (Personal Information Privacy and Documents Act) consent information. New reports designed to meet the needs of U.S. and Canadian installations cover employee beneficiaries and dependents, benefits, skills, and education. Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 also includes key Canadian compliance capabilities for EE (Employment Equity) and OSH (Occupational Safety and Health), while continuing to help U.S. organizations comply with EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) requirements.

In addition to the HR attendance and training modules, version 8.1 also includes a new version of Abra Workforce Connections, the workforce-facing self-service system for Sage Abra HRMS. Consisting of Sage Abra ESS (employee self-service) and Sage Abra Benefits Enrollment modules, plus the new Sage Abra eRecruiter module, Abra Workforce Connections provides customers with Web-based workflow automation capabilities.

Added Johnson, "With version 8.1 supporting SQL Server, it is easy to share data with other SQL applications like our new time and attendance solution. During our beta test, we experienced no learning curve when moving from the FoxPro version to the SQL-based version, and were happy to see the same, familiar user interface."

Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1 is available now from authorized Sage Software business partners. The product is available to current Sage Abra HRMS version 8.0 customers at no charge as part of their Sage SupportPlus plans. For additional information, please call 800-424-9392; or visit

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