SOURCE: Sage North America

Sage North America

February 17, 2009 11:36 ET

Sage Abra SQL 8.5 Expands Employee Self-Service to Further Simplify HR/Payroll for Mid-Sized Businesses

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - Sage North America announced today Sage Abra SQL HRMS 8.5, the latest version of the company's Microsoft ® SQL Server-based HRMS software for mid-sized businesses and organizations in North America. New employee self-service (ESS) functionality has been added to version 8.5 to allow users to view and access more of their payroll data online.

"As businesses today look more deeply into their processes to contain costs and be more competitive, we're committed to delivering product improvements that will help them meet those efficiency goals," said Karl Grass, senior vice president and general manager for Employer Solutions at Sage North America. "Our new Sage Abra SQL serves the payroll and HR software needs of mid-sized businesses with more robust technical requirements, while Sage Abra Suite for Visual FoxPro serves the needs of both small and mid-sized users. We're committed to continue making feature and functionality improvements to both versions of Sage Abra HRMS."

Sage Abra ESS, the employee self-service module of Sage Abra, helps companies and organizations automate their business processes and give employees ownership of their personal information, helping to improve employee satisfaction and relieving human resources staff from administrative requests, so they can focus on more strategic employee development programs. A new ESS feature built into version 8.5 allows employees to view their pay history, as well as drill down to the details on specific paychecks.

"Using Sage Abra with ESS, our employees are able to have instant access to their pay histories, update their benefit information, and check their attendance and time-off accruals," said Kathy Bennett, payroll administrator for Fidelity Bank, one of Atlanta's largest community banks with more than 325 employees, and 23 branches in the city and surrounding area. "They get the information on-demand, whenever and wherever they need it, and we get fewer calls and requests in our HR department."

With workflow capabilities and customizable features, Sage Abra's ESS module provides a central location for employees, managers, and administrators to view and manage important personal data and company information, delivering time- and cost-savings, with a proven return on investment (ROI).

Sage Abra is human resource management system (HRMS) software that delivers tightly integrated functionality across HR, payroll, benefits, training, and attendance, with rich reporting and analysis, and a Web workforce portal with employee self-service, company communications, benefits enrollment, applicant tracking, and more. The product line features support for multiple databases, with Abra SQL supporting Microsoft SQL Server, and Abra Suite supporting Visual FoxPro. Customers also have the options to run Abra SQL and Abra Suite either as a turn-key hardware/software solution or in a managed server hosted environment.

Sage Abra SQL 8.5 is available now from authorized Sage Software business partners. For more information about Sage Abra HRMS, please visit www.sageabra.com, e-mail info.abra@sage.com, or call 866-271-6050.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. At Sage, we live and breathe business every day. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their ambitions. Our range of business software and services is continually evolving as we innovate to answer our customers' needs. Our solutions 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 North America employs approximately 4,800 people and supports 2.9 million small and medium-size business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 14,500 people and supports more than 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com or call 866-308-2378.

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