SOURCE: Best Software

April 26, 2005 09:59 ET

Best Software Announces Sponsors, Additional Speakers for Insights 2005

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2005 -- Best Software today announced its Platinum and Gold sponsors for Insights 2005, the company's third annual company-wide business partner conference, being held May 17-20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas. Best Software also announced several new speakers for the event, including John Cassis, an acclaimed professional speaker since 1980 and one of the most requested in the U.S., Michael Vizard, editor-in-chief for CRN magazine, a leading channel-focused publication, and Nina Smith, the company's chief marketing officer (CMO), with 25 years of business management experience at Best Software, Xerox Corporation, and Webtrends Corporation.

"Top-notch speakers, educational breakout sessions, loyal sponsors, talented exhibitors, and, of course, thousands of dedicated business partners will make this year's Insights the best yet," said Ron Verni, president and CEO of Best Software. "Nearly 3,000 individuals -- all committed to Best Software and our mutual success -- will once again attend the conference to network with each other and learn more about our successes, latest product and service enhancements, as well as our exciting roadmap for the future. It will be an unforgettable week."

Sponsors for Insights 2005 include:

Platinum Sponsors:

--  IBM (www.ibm.com), a global provider of the hardware, software, and
    services companies need to build a reliable e-business foundation quickly
    and easily.  IBM Express solutions are designed, packaged, and priced with
    mid-sized businesses in mind, and deliver the technology larger enterprises
    enjoy -- in a package that fills resource gaps and fits budgets.
--  JobOps (www.jobops.com), publisher of an extensive suite of job
    management software modules for Best Software's MAS 90 and MAS 200 ERP
    software. Used by manufacturing, project-based and service/repair
    companies, it is designed to manage the operations, workflow and costing of
    jobs or projects.
    
Gold Sponsors:
--  Cypress Software (www.cypress-software.com), a provider of content
    management and delivery software and the official document management
    provider for Best Software's Timberline® Office suite of products.  The
    company's software is an intelligent content manager, automatically
    capturing, enhancing, collating, and delivering documents and other
    content.  Additionally, Cypress solutions can be seamlessly integrated with
    any Best Software product.
--  MAPADOC® (www.mapadoc.com), a seamlessly integrated, feature-rich
    and easy-to-use solution for Best Software's MAS 90, MAS 200, and MAS 500
    products, developed by SWK Technologies, Inc., a Best Software Select
    Master Developer and Reseller.  This solution saves companies time and
    money by making EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) self-management almost
    effortless.
--  Single Source Systems, Inc. (www.singlesrc.com), a developer of
    service management software for more than 300 customers worldwide.  SM-Plus
    for Best Software's MAS 500 is a fully integrated solution for companies
    manufacturing, selling, servicing, or installing high-value technical or
    industrial products.  SM-Plus streamlines operations for contact centers,
    field service, depot repair, installation, contract administration, and
    costing, all integrated to MAS 500.
    
Several new speakers have also been added to the Insights 2005 agenda, including:

--  Michael Vizard, CRN magazine's editor-in-chief, who will share his
    perspective on the state of the channel during the Channel Keynote, May 18,
    7:45 a.m.  Taylor Macdonald, Best Software's EVP of Channel & Sales
    Operations, Mid-Market Division, will also present his vision for Best
    Software's business partner program during this time.
--  Nina Smith, Best Software's CMO, who will present "Connecting with the
    Best Software Customer," May 19, 9:00 a.m.
--  John Cassis, former professional baseball player, minister, publisher,
    company founder, inspirational speaker, and loving husband and father, who
    will present at The Year Ahead Luncheon, May 20, 11:30 a.m.
    
Insights 2005 will bring together business partners representing all Best Software products and services, including Abra®, ACCPAC®, ACT!®, MAS®, MIP®, SalesLogix®, Timberline® Office, and many others. Offering more than 375 educational sessions on business building, cross-selling, vertical market opportunities, and product integration, the event will once again include a concurrent trade show, featuring the latest technologies from Best Software brands and the company's add-on partners.

Until May 12, online registration is available at www.bestsoftwareinsights.com/registration. For additional information about the conference, visit www.bestsoftwareinsights.com.

About Best Software/The Sage Group plc

Best Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.4 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra®, ACCPAC®, ACT!®, BusinessVision®, CPASoftware®, FAS®, MAS 90®, MAS 200®, MAS 500®, MIP®, Peachtree®, SalesLogix®, and Timberline® Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

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