SOURCE: Sage Software

October 08, 2007 09:36 ET

Sage Software's Employer Solutions Business Plans to Present at the 10th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Sage Software announced today that its Employer Solutions business will have a presence at the 10th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibition, to be held this week at the Navy Pier in Chicago. The company's products and services will be demonstrated across 400 square feet of exhibit space (Booth #1020), and the company will co-present a 75-minute education session on human capital management (HCM) and human resources (HR) technology with Perfumania, Inc., a $240 million, Sunrise, Fla.-based specialty retailer, and a Sage Software customer.

"Our annual participation at the HR Technology event provides an invaluable opportunity for us to connect with our loyal customers and the HR community at large," said Karl Grass, senior vice president and general manager for Employer Solutions at Sage Software. "We look forward to presenting a break-out session at this year's conference, and to demonstrating how our solutions help thousands of small and mid-sized businesses and organizations throughout North America better manage their human resources and payroll."

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition is the country's largest and leading event for all aspects of technology used in HR, with more than 200 exhibitors and 35 sessions. Sage Software's Employer Solutions business encompasses a range of HR, benefits, payroll, and time management software and processing services. The company will demonstrate Sage Abra HRMS, its award-winning human resource management system comprising HR, payroll, benefits, training, recruiting, and compliance solutions. The latest Sage Abra HRMS versions (7.6 and 8.3) feature both EEO-1 reporting changes and compatibility with the Microsoft® Windows Vista™ operating system. Sage will also demonstrate Sage TimeSheet and announce its new online HR compliance training solution at the HR Technology event.

On Thursday, October 11, at 1:45 p.m., Johnny Laurent, Sage Software's vice president for customer support, and Wendy Mahle, SPHR, vice president of human resources (HR) and payroll at Perfumania, will co-present a HCM conference session, titled "Sweet Smell of Success of Perfumania." Laurent will present general information on HR technology applications, and then turn the session over to Mahle, who will explain how a failure to upgrade their HR system left Perfumania in an expensive and unworkable situation; how the payroll department flatly refused one solution; and finally, how drawing on her considerable experience in vendor selections and implementations, she managed to find an appropriate HR technology solution.

Laurent has more than 18 years of experience in the software and hardware support industry. Since 2005, he has been responsible for customer support for Sage Software's award-winning line of HR and payroll solutions, including Sage Abra HRMS, Sage Payroll Services, Sage TimeSheet, and Sage Carpe Diem. Prior to joining Sage, Laurent owned a support consulting firm, and worked with leading consulting firms for the support industry, focusing on operational assessments, support center re-engineering, training, courseware development, and management and operational consulting.

Mahle, SPHR, is a seasoned human resources (HR) professional with more than 15 years of experience. As vice president of HR and payroll at Perfumania, Inc., she is responsible for all areas of HR and payroll, including employee relations, incentive compensation plans, training, benefits, workers' compensation, and Sarbanes Oxley. She currently serves as Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC) coordinator for the American Red Cross, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC), the South Florida Compensation and Benefits Association, and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

For more information about the 10th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition, please visit For more information about Sage Software's HR solutions, please visit or call 866-425-9392.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-2378.

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