SOURCE: Sage Software

July 19, 2005 12:00 ET

Peachtree by Sage Takes Top Honors in CPA Technology Advisor's Annual Small Business Accounting Software Roundup

Both Peachtree and Simply Accounting Praised for Strong Functionality for Small Businesses

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Sage Software announced today that two of its small business accounting products, Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005 and Simply Accounting 2005, scored high honors in CPA Technology Advisor magazine's annual small business accounting roundup, which appears in the publication's June/July 2005 issue. Peachtree Premium took top honors, receiving 5 out of 5 stars, while Simply Accounting scored high marks, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars in the roundup.

All products were scored in six areas:

--  Expandability;
--  Modules & Scalability;
--  Ease of Use;
--  Training & Support;
--  Reporting, and;
--  Audit Trail, Integrity & Accountant Control Tools.
    
Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005 outscored its competition, earning top marks in five of the six areas reviewed. A long-standing favorite of accountants and small businesses alike, Sage Software recently launched its new Peachtree line for 2006, including two new vertical industry products for construction firms and nonprofit organizations.

Simply Accounting was also highly rated, earning a 4.5 rating overall. The bestselling small business accounting product in Canada, Simply Accounting also provides a broad set of core accounting functions for value-conscious small businesses in the US, where Peachtree is the company's primary brand for small business accounting.

Sage Software offers small businesses the broadest selection of award-winning business management software that caters directly to their specific needs throughout the business lifecycle-from basic accounting for a start-up business, to feature-rich, industry-specific solutions for accounting, payroll, human resources management, customer relationship management, and others.

About The CPA Technology Advisor

The CPA Technology Advisor (800-456-0864; www.CPATechAdvisor.com) is dedicated to providing practicing public accountants with the knowledge they need to make informed technology decisions. Through in-depth reviews and comparisons, detailed due-diligence charts, tables and graphs, The CPA Technology Advisor helps accountants explore, purchase and implement technology productively. With an audited circulation of more than 50,000 practicing public accountants, The CPA Technology Advisor has earned a loyal readership by maintaining unparalleled editorial independence and integrity with valuable reviews, columns from industry leaders and user-oriented features in every issue. Respected as the only completely objective magazine covering technology for the accounting profession, The CPA Technology Advisor is the publication practicing public accountants rely on when they are ready to make a technology purchase or recommendation to a business client. The CPA Technology Advisor is headed by a public practice-experienced, fully-credentialed CPA. The magazine's independence and demonstrated expertise has enabled The CPA Technology Advisor to become the most respected and widely distributed magazine focusing on technology available to practicing public accountants and financial professionals.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 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.

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