SOURCE: Best Software

March 23, 2005 13:00 ET

Inaugural Sage Summit Customer Conference Scheduled for November 2-5

Sage Summit Will Bring Together Best Software and Sage SMB Customers From Across the Company's Product Lines

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2005 -- Best Software, the North American arm of Sage Group plc, today announced its first ever combined user conference, the Sage Summit, scheduled to take place November 2-5, 2005 in San Diego. This will be the first time that customer conferences for all of the company's North American product lines will be combined into a 3-day event for attendees to network, gain insight to better utilize their software and hear about industry and business trends affecting their organizations.

Open to the more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. and Canada who use Best Software or Sage products, the 3-day Sage Summit conference combines the company's three previous customer conferences focused on Timberline Office, CPASoftware, and MIP software, and adds conference agendas incorporating other products in the Best Software family such as MAS 90, ACCPAC, SalesLogix, and more than a dozen others. There also will be a special one-day session for users of ACT!, Peachtree or BusinessWorks.

"Best Software and Sage customers represent a wide-ranging set of small and mid-sized businesses whose successes are an invaluable source of shared knowledge across industries," said Ron Verni, President and CEO, Best Software. "Sage Summit offers an exceptional opportunity for our customers to network, share their insights, and learn about their software systems as well as business and industry trends. It is a key part of our commitment to helping our customers develop even more successful businesses."

Using a "conference within a conference" format for the expected 3000 attendees, Sage Summit is designed to preserve the experience of community for customers while also providing opportunity to engage with a wide range of Best Software and Sage product users from a variety of industries. Session tracks will be broken out by business needs and industries rather than specific products, so customers will have the opportunity to learn about relevant issues impacting their industry segment and explore other software tools to improve their businesses in addition to learning how to get better ROI from their current software.

Each session track will feature a keynote with a spokesperson from a key publication within that industry. Current participating media sponsors include: 1 to 1, ENR, HR Magazine, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Property Management, Manufacturing Business Technology and the NonProfit Times.

Registration Pricing and Additional Information

The Sage Summit will take place November 2-5 at the San Diego Convention Center with three host hotels. Interested customers can sign-up at www.summitcustomerconference.com to receive the latest conference updates and become eligible to receive a special $125 discount. Regular fees to register for the full 3-day conference will be $995.

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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