SOURCE: Sage Software

September 06, 2005 09:00 ET

ACT! by Sage Premium for Workgroups 2006 Enables High Productivity for Sales Teams and Corporate Workgroups

Contact and Customer Management Toolset Tailored for Team and Corporate Workgroup Productivity; Delivered as a Cost-Effective, Secure and Easy-to-Administer Solution

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Sage Software today introduced the new ACT! by Sage Premium for Workgroups 2006 solution, delivering robust contact and customer management tools for sales teams and corporate workgroups. New functionality for user and workgroup productivity includes advanced company and group tree view, customized opportunity fields, enhanced attachment synchronization and additional email integration options. New features for deployment, administration and security include silent installation, automatic database back-up and sync, and custom user permissions. ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006 is available for $399.99 MSRP for new users, and $259.95 MSRP for existing ACT! users.

ACT! is used worldwide by over 2.5 million users and more than 30,000 corporate accounts to help sales teams and workgroups collaborate efficiently and build profitable customer relationships.

"ACT! has long been recognized as the leading contact and customer management tool for individuals and, with our Premium edition, this same functionality is extended for front-line sales teams and corporate workgroups," said Joe Bergera, ACT! general manager for Sage Software. "Larger organizations that have historically only considered expensive systems with features beyond their needs can now leverage ACT! as the tool best suited to their direct business requirements. ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006 builds on the strength of a leading-edge database architecture to enable scalable and secure features for corporate IT environments."

ACT! Premium for Workgroups functions as an organization's central repository for critical customer information. High-impact sales professionals, who manage high-value customer relationships requiring personalized attention, can track opportunities from initial prospecting through closed sale using standard or customized processes.

"The CRM and sales automation requirements of large sales teams continue to define unique market segments, including one focused on corporate workgroups with specific contact management needs," said Sheryl Kingstone, CRM research director for Yankee Group. "ACT! Premium for Workgroups, with its strong heritage and new architecture, is well suited for this growing segment."

Organizations using ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006 benefit from a perpetual licensing model that can realize up to 60% lower total cost of ownership when compared with market alternatives.

Enhanced user productivity features include:

--  Advanced company and group tree view to easily visualize group and
    company relationships and their hierarchy within subgroups and divisions;
--  Customizable opportunity fields and drop-down lists allowing currency,
    decimal or number fields, mandatory fields, easy-select field values and
    disabled editing;
--  Enhanced attachment synchronization and database memory optimization;
--  En masse contact access granted from contact list view to easily make
    contacts public, private or limited to specific users or workgroups;
--  Lotus Notes®(1) integration to perform ACT! functions from email and
    track history;
--  Expanded accounting capabilities including Sage BusinessWorks 50
    Accounting, Peachtree by Sage, Simply Accounting by Sage and QuickBooks
    2005 Pro/Premier integration.(2)
    
New administration, deployment and security features include:
--  Automatic database sync and backup enabling scheduled sync times for
    remote databases and scheduled backups; once set up, no user involvement is
    required;
--  Silent installation enables ACT! to be pushed to users in different
    locations using existing software distribution methods from a central
    network server, with pre-defined user preferences;
--  Custom user permissions to allow or restrict deletions and export to
    Excel;
--  Easy-view team membership allowing administrators, managers and
    individuals to right click a team name to see members of that team;
--  Contact lookup by access to see which contacts specific users or teams
    can access, including quick access assignment for new employees and
    workgroups;
--  Terminal services/Citrix(3) support to leverage existing
    infrastructure and allow users from different locations to access the same
    ACT! database without the need for VPN access.
    
The feature-rich ACT! toolset allows sales teams and corporate workgroups to:
--  Increase productivity by organizing data in group, subgroup and
    company categories, and managing opportunities, notes/histories and
    appointments;
--  Access data quickly using keyword searches, detailed views and list
    sorting;
--  Increase sales by automating and customizing key aspects of the sales
    cycle to provide better forecasting and opportunity tracking;
--  Collaborate with team members using permission-based access to
    customer information, team calendars and company resources;
--  Customize data fields, views, calendar options and sales processes for
    specific industry and individual business requirements;
--  Integrate ACT! with common business applications including
    Microsoft® Office, Lotus Notes, and popular Palm OS® and Pocket PC
    handheld devices.
    
Sage Software today also announced over 40 new ACT! Add-on solutions now available to help teams further extend their ACT! database functionality with marketing, shipping, mapping and synchronization capabilities, among others. (See today's "Sage Software Highlights Over 40 New Add-on Partner Solutions For Its New ACT! by Sage 2006 Product Family" press release for further details.)

ACT! by Sage Premium for Workgroups 2006 -- for workgroups of up to 50 networked users(4) is available by contacting ACT! Corporate Licensing at 888-855-5222 and from more than 600 ACT! Certified Consultants located at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants ($399.99 MSRP, upgrade $259.95 MSRP).

ACT! by Sage 2006 -- for individuals and small teams of up to ten networked users, available at popular software retailers, e-tailers and direct resellers or by contacting Sage Software at 888-ACT-2006 or www.act.com/estore ($229.99 MSRP, upgrade $149.95 MSRP).

ACT! Handheld Links -- ACT! 2006 and ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006 each include ACT! Link for Palm OS and ACT! Link for Pocket PC to synchronize data with many popular handheld devices.

ACT! Add-on Solutions -- ACT! Add-on solutions extend database functionality to help businesses run more cost efficiently. A complete list of ACT! Add-on solutions and pricing is available at www.actsolutions.com. Developers interested in the ACT! Add-on Partner Program are encouraged to visit www.act.com/partners/addonpartners.

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 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.5 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.

(1) Requires Lotus Notes version 6.5.

(2) Please check www.act.com/products/accounting for version compatibility and availability dates.

(3) Citrix and Terminal Services require specific configurations. Citrix supported using Presentation Server V3.0 and V4.0.

(4) Actual number of users and contacts supported will vary based on hardware and size and usage of your database. The 50 user limit is based on performance tests using minimum hardware requirements and is a recommendation. You must purchase one license of ACT! per user.

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