SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

May 13, 2008 09:03 ET

New Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites Simplify Business Management for SMBs

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Sage Insights Conference -- Sage Software announced today the launch of Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites, the second in the company's new line of Extended Enterprise Solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites combine financial, operational, customer relations and business intelligence applications to simplify and integrate business management processes and workflow across an entire company. By providing all employees with a complete and consistent view of the customer, users can improve customer relationships, enhance collaboration between departments and improve overall business decision making. Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites are offered with simple user-based pricing, a single maintenance program and common support services with one point of contact for all functionality.

"Business owners tell us they want management systems that are easier to use and maintain. They especially want those systems to operate as one, both inside the walls of their businesses, as well as extended to work with external business partners," said Himanshu Palsule, executive vice president Strategic Business Unit in Sage Software's Business Management Division. "By bringing ERP, CRM and other business functions into a single application, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites support those needs clearly with connected processes throughout the business. This simplifies workflow from sales orders through collections and gives business managers better insight into operations and results."

Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites provide employees in sales, service, finance, operations and management with an integrated, 360-degree view of business operations through embedded front office and back office functionality. At the heart of the suite, Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP and Sage MAS Fixed Assets provide back office financial and operations functionality. Embedded SageCRM supports front office sales, service and marketing automation, while Business Insights Explorer and the Business Insights Dashboard provide business analysis functions.

By enabling business information to flow between different functional areas of a company, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites empower every employee to improve the bottom line. Salespeople using CRM have instant visibility into inventory levels, credit holds, purchasing cycles and more, which improves each salesperson's effectiveness. When a purchasing agent buys capital equipment, assets input into the system are automatically tracked and depreciation write-offs maximized. Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites give marketing personnel visibility into warehouse overstocks, so promotions can be designed to improve inventory turn over.

With their extensive analytics capabilities, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites provide business managers and other employees with easy access to information that is often hidden inside traditional business management systems. Business Insights Explorer (BIE) is the comprehensive business intelligence, workflow and reporting tool that enables users to quickly drill down and get specific data on customers, purchasing trends, operational issues and more. BIE provides standard reporting templates plus supports virtually endless customization options to help users analyze business operations. The Business Insights Dashboard enables users to capture, consolidate and present key performance indicators (KPIs) in simplified snapshots for easy analysis. In addition, the Dashboard supports up to 12 standard graphical reports to be created and displayed on the user's desktop at startup each work day. Users select reports, graphs, the level of detail and the order in which to view information. Beyond business intelligence, BIE streamlines the workflow process by enabling users to navigate directly to and perform tasks directly from BIE.

Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites also include personalization features and product integration capabilities that business owners need to tailor their systems to meet their unique requirements. The user interface can be easily modified without source code, so each employee can personalize screens and views to improve workflow. Third-party vendors also can be added to gain greater visibility into a company's supply chain.

In addition to providing the operational simplicity of the product suites themselves, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites take the complexity out of the purchase, maintenance and service processes with simple pricing, maintenance and service plans. The suites are priced per user and give each user total access to all Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suite functionality. Annual software maintenance is offered in a single contract covering all functions, plus technical support is offered through a single point of contact.

The Sage Software Extended Enterprise Vision

Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites are part of Sage Software's commitment to delivering a progressive family of application suites that provide real-time transactional links with suppliers, resellers, partners and customers. These next-generation business suites can give SMB owners a distinct, competitive advantage with integrated functionality that ties information and people together across an entire company. With access to processes and data anywhere, anytime and on any device, Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites improve workflow and productivity throughout the organization. Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites enhance collaboration among people inside the business and the services they provide to customers and partners throughout the supply and delivery chain. For more information on Sage Software's Extended Enterprise Strategy, please visit www.sagesoftware.com/company/pdf/Sage_BMD_08EEVision_White_Paper.pdf

Pricing and Availability

Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites will be available in late June through local Sage MAS business partners. For pricing and additional information, contact the Sage Software Sales Department at 800-854-3415, your local Sage MAS business partner, or visit www.sagemas.com.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.9 million small and medium-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 global supplier of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage Group now has 5.7 million customers and employs over 14,800 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagesoftware.com or call (866) 308-2378.

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