SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

December 04, 2006 12:44 ET

Integrated Sage Software Business Management Solution Lights Up Profits for Litecubes

Award-Winning Sage MAS 90 ERP & ACT! by Sage Combination Helps Improve Overall Company Efficiency by 300%

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today that Litecubes, a leading manufacturer of novelty illuminated ice cubes and party favors, is using an integrated back- and front-office solution from Sage Software to dramatically boost company performance. The integrated business management solution includes two industry-leaders; the award-winning Sage MAS 90 ERP (enterprise resource planning) for automating and streamlining back-office functions, and the award-winning ACT! by Sage, the number one selling contact and customer management solution worldwide. The combined Sage Software solution replaced QuickBooks® and enabled Litecubes to streamline processes, increase efficiencies and grow into a highly profitable multimillion dollar company.

"At a single glance, the system allows us to see what is on a sales order, purchase order, in the warehouse, or on back order. This is information we never had before and lets us run the company smarter," said Terry Hickey, vice president of sales and marketing at Litecubes. "What's more, with QuickBooks we had three separate points of data entry when a Purchase Order came in. Sage MAS 90 has cut sales order processing time by 75 percent, plus overall efficiencies have improved by 300 percent, in large part because we haven't had to hire new people to accommodate our rapid growth."

Litecubes manufactures plastic, lighted square blocks that resemble the fanciest of ice cubes, plus numerous other illuminated novelties ideal for brightening up parties. The company uses Sage MAS 90 for automating and integrating the back-office operations, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, sales orders, purchase orders, bank reconciliations, credit card processing and inventory management. With ACT!, Litecubes users instantly access key contact and customer information, manage and prioritize activities, and track all contact-related communications to help grow productive business relationships. Sage MAS 90 coupled with ACT! has enabled Litecubes to seamlessly integrate important company data to better manage the company's sales pipeline and improve customer service to a growing list of more than 3,000 customers.

"Because of the tight integration between ACT! and Sage MAS 90, it's much easier to access our data on leads, and turn them into active customers," said Hickey. "The system has enabled us to grow sales exponentially, without adding personnel, and we believe it will support our continued growth for a long, long time."

When Litecubes outgrew QuickBooks, they turned to premiere Sage Software business partner Barsa Technology Solutions for a comprehensive, long-term business management solution. Barsa performed a complete business needs assessment, helped identify a solution that fit, performed installation, data conversion and training, plus continues to provide other quality services.

"One reason we selected Sage MAS 90 for our upgrade was because of the easy conversion path from QuickBooks via the Data Migrator tool," said Hickey. "We were ecstatic that data on our 2,000-plus customers [at the time] converted seamlessly, as did all of our open invoices. We'd feared a horrendous upgrade process, but instead found it was relatively painless. We view this as a true success."

To view more on Litecubes, a featured customer in Sage Software's video library on successful customer installations, please click here.

About LiteCubes

For the quintessential low-tech, gotta have-it party gadget, look no further than our litecubes. Our non-toxic plastic 1-inch square blocks resemble the fanciest of ice cubes. The interior contains an FDA approved freezable gel, either a solid or multi colored LEDs and a lithium ion battery. The total lifespan of the light is a minimum of 12 hours and is easily disposable. To activate, just simply push the button on the bottom of each cube. Unlike the single-use "glow sticks" that are popular these days at concerts and parties, the litecube can be turned off and then reused again. Located in beautiful San Diego, CA, Litecubes can be viewed at www.litecubes.com or reached for additional information by calling (858) 539-3912.

About Barsa Technology Solutions, Inc.

Barsa is an industry-leading accounting and technology organization located in San Diego, CA. We are a pioneer in the outsource accounting services arena and offer comprehensive on-site and off-site programs. We also offer complete information technology services, which include wide-ranging business application software solutions. Our extensive product and service offerings help companies meet the accounting and information technology challenges associated with today's changing business climate. For more information call (858) 481-4462 or visit our web site at www.barsaco.com.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.7 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.2 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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