SOURCE: Sage North America

Sage North America

October 20, 2010 09:00 ET

Celebrating 25 Years Helping Canadian Small Businesses, Sage Simply Accounting Delivers Mobility and Business Intelligence With Its 2011 Edition

Made-in-Canada Accounting Software Turns Everyday Data Into Insights; Small Business Owners Can Now Manage Business Processes on the Road and Get Paid Faster

RICHMOND, BC--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  To meet the needs of entrepreneurs seeking more streamlined operations, Sage is introducing the new Sage Simply Accounting 2011, giving businesses powerful new ways -- with just a few clicks -- to get paid faster, gain tighter control over projects and inventory while meeting regulatory requirements.

As Canadian small business owners' confidence has continued to dwindle in 2010*, more than ever, entrepreneurs are seeking better control over their operations. Properly maintaining cash flow, efficiencies and costs are critical to the success of small businesses. On top of economic pressures, new regulatory requirements such as HST (harmonized sales tax), online filing and reporting are adding extra demands on small business owners when they need to focus on their core strengths to succeed.

"With 25 years of supporting small business in Canada, we continue to improve and expand our offerings to keep accounting simple, fast and smart for our customers, so they can concentrate on doing what they do best -- running their businesses," said Jamie Sutherland, vice president and general manager, Sage Simply Accounting. "In addition to continuously assessing the feedback we receive from Canadian customers, we are fortunate to have a strong and dedicated accounting partner network working with us, helping us understand small business owners' concerns, which in turn enables us to deliver meaningful solutions that meet their everyday needs."

Sage Simply Accounting is the #1 choice of Canadian small businesses and accountants,** with more than 500,000 registered users in Canada. Sage has more than 6.2 million small and midsized business customers worldwide.

Small business owners have many new reasons to rely on Sage Simply Accounting 2011 to counter current economic pressures and growing regulatory requirements:

Get paid quickly -- Sage has integrated Sage Payment Boss with Sage Simply Accounting 2011, enabling business owners to get paid immediately in the field using their 3G-enabled mobile device and an existing merchant account. For $9.95 a month, Payment Boss users can authorize payments anywhere at any time and seamlessly synch that information with Sage Simply Accounting, eliminating invoice processing time, reducing possibility for errors and helping improve cash flow.

Make compliance easy -- Sage Simply Accounting 2011 automatically gathers the latest tax information and requirements. With the simplified automated tax tracking and reporting features, business owners will know at a glance their tax payment status and complete the required filing in minutes.

Turn data into intelligence -- Business owners now have 11 powerful dashboards, financial and sales analytic reports at their fingertips to assess their performance.** Equally important, they can also better manage projects through sophisticated budgeting, forecasting and cost analysis tools. For companies that carry inventory, the new inventory management tools help business owners conduct pricing comparisons with quotes from different suppliers to make the best purchasing decisions.

"Sage Simply Accounting 2011 has completely raised the bar for the way I do business and how I help my clients," said Dan Mason, Sage Simply Accounting certified consultant. "The level of business intelligence that I get from the software enables me to plan for endless scenarios and provide strategic counsel to business owners. Of course, getting paid faster is a big plus as well."

Sage Simply Accounting 2011 has a wide range of solutions to meet different businesses' needs. From First Step to Enterprise Editions, Sage ensures that the same simple and reliable accounting system can grow with companies as their needs change. The software continues to be the only truly bilingual accounting software that supports multicurrency invoicing on the market.

At the annual Simply Partnership conference in Vancouver this week, Sage Simply Accounting partners will have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the 2011 edition's new features so they can better assist their clients in understanding how Sage Simply Accounting can help manage the overall financial health of their businesses.

Pricing and Availability
Sage Simply Accounting 2011 is currently shipping and will be available at Canadian retailers nationwide by late October. Sage Simply Accounting First Step is available for $69.99. Sage Simply Accounting Pro has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.99; with payroll included at $439.99. Sage Simply Accounting Premium (two-user) is priced at $399.99; with payroll included at $649.99. Sage Simply Accounting Enterprise is available for direct purchase from Sage, with a five-user license available at an SRP of $2,499.99, and a ten-user license at $3,999.99. All prices listed are in CDN dollars.

About Simply Partnership 2010
The Simply Partnership 2010 conference being held October 21-24 in Vancouver will offer members of the Sage Accountant's Network (SAN) a special opportunity to exchange ideas and perspectives with Sage insiders, session leaders and industry experts. Participants will learn innovative strategies designed to help small business owners becomes more productive, profitable and successful. Complete details on this special Sage event are available at:

About Sage Simply Accounting
Sage Simply Accounting is the #1 choice of Canadian small businesses and accountants,*** used by more than 500,000 Canadian businesses. Developed in Sage's global research and development centre in Richmond, B.C., the fully bilingual Sage Simply Accounting is known for its easy to learn, easy to use approach to accounting, while providing the most comprehensive features that small businesses require -- from start-up through to maturity. Sage Simply Accounting is supported by a highly trained team of customer service specialists in our Richmond, B.C., centre, and by 10,000 consultant partners located in communities across Canada who help thousands of companies daily to manage their business more effectively with Sage Simply Accounting. For more information about Sage Simply Accounting, please call 800-665-8805, or visit

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.1 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at

* CFIB's Business Barometer® index October 2010
** Sage Simply Accounting Intelligence is available for Sage Simply Accounting Premium and Enterprise in two editions: Standard and Advanced.
*** Based on independent surveys of 236 Canadian small businesses conducted November 2009 and 362 accountants who work with small business clients, conducted June 2010.

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