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April 04, 2006 09:44 ET

CGA-Canada Partners With Sage Software for CGA Program of Professional Studies

IRVINE, CA and VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) -

New Partnership With International Organization of 64,000 Certified General Accountants and Students Located Throughout Canada, Bermuda, the Nations of the Caribbean, Hong Kong and China to Use Sage Accpac ERP as the Official Accounting Software for the CGA Program of Professional Studies
Sage Software and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada announced today a new strategic partnership between the two organizations, with CGA-Canada adopting Sage Accpac ERP (enterprise resource planning) as its official accounting system for students who are training to become Certified General Accountants (CGAs).

Sage Software, via its Sage Accpac business unit (formerly ACCPAC International, Inc.), and CGA-Canada first established a strategic partnership for technology training for CGAs in 1985, and have worked together continuously since then to promote and deliver technology platforms. CGA students worldwide enrolled in the CGA Program of Professional Studies will have an opportunity to be trained on Sage Accpac ERP software. In addition, Sage Software will provide CGAs and students the opportunity to purchase training on all Sage Accpac products at discounted prices through Sage Software's Accpac University (www.accpacuniversity.com).

"Sage Accpac has long been recognized as the leading ERP software vendor in Canada for small and mid-sized businesses," said John Yu, Vice President of Information Technology with CGA-Canada. "CGA-Canada wants to ensure that its students learn accounting and business management principles on products that will best prepare them for their professional life. We're confident this new agreement accomplishes that goal."

Recently named a "Top 100 Product" for 2006 in the High-End & Mid-Market Accounting category for the 10th straight year by the editors of Accounting Today magazine (www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=16589&pg=acctoday), Sage Accpac ERP is an advanced, web-based accounting and business management solution that is the foundation for an integrated set of end-to-end business management applications, including Sage Accpac CRM customer relationship management, Sage Accpac Insight reporting, Sage Accpac ePOS point-of-sale, and human resources (HR) and warehouse management applications, among others.

"Sage Software looks forward to this expansion of our relationship with CGA-Canada and its affiliate associations," said Ron Verni, Sage Software president and CEO. "Like CGA-Canada, Sage is committed to properly preparing students by training them with our market leading products such as Sage Accpac ERP, which they'll certainly encounter upon entering the workforce."

Sage Accpac ERP can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, including the ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against the same database. Sage Accpac ERP also continues to provide small enterprises with the freedom to choose from a variety of industry leading databases, including IBM® DB2® (a 3-user DB2 license is included free of charge with a license of Sage Accpac ERP), Pervasive.SQL®, Oracle®, and Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to deploying on either the Microsoft, Linux® or IBM OS400 operating systems. Sage Accpac ERP can be deployed either on premises, or hosted online at www.accpaconline.com.

About CGA-Canada

CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada, recognized for its commitment to integrity, ethics and the highest education requirements. As the country's accounting business leaders, CGAs provide strategic counsel, financial leadership, and overall direction to all sectors of the Canadian economy.

The Association establishes standards, develops education programs, publishes professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally. The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada represents 64,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.

About Sage Software

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.5 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.7 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.

Note: Each of Sage Software and CGA-Canada has provided information that is contained in this release. Sage Software is responsible only for the information in this release about Sage Software and its products and services, and for the statements of its officers. CGA-Canada is responsible only for the information in this release about CGA-Canada and its products and services, and for the statements of its officers.

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