SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

June 09, 2008 11:54 ET

Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.3 Help Small & Mid-Size Businesses Grow Smart & Green With New Paperless Office & Enhanced Business Intelligence

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Sage Software announced today general availability of Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP 4.3, the latest versions of the company's award-winning flagship ERP solutions. Small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners have enjoyed the value of automating and streamlining business processes with Sage MAS 90 and 200 for more than 20 years. Version 4.3 provides even greater value for businesses with new paperless office capabilities, enhanced business intelligence functionality, plus other features that help users not only save the environment, but also save money.

"Business owners today actively search out ways to maximize the value of their capital investments and software is no exception," said Himanshu Palsule, executive vice president Strategic Business Unit in Sage Software's Business Management Division. "Sage MAS 90 and 200 deliver incredible value by providing powerful business intelligence features normally found in high-end ERP solutions. Version 4.3 also helps our customers create a more environmentally friendly operation with paperless office and other 'Green' features."

The new Sage MAS 90 and 200 paperless office features provide users with document imaging and storage, email and e-fax capabilities to dramatically cut paper consumption. Users also are able to quickly and easily find files, view reports and forms, and print only pages needed for specific tasks. Emailing and e-faxing eliminate wasted paper, toner and postage costs when invoicing customers, communicating to employees or vendors, and sending promotional materials to prospects and customers.

Enhanced Business Intelligence and New Dashboard

Business Insights Explorer (BIE) provides comprehensive business intelligence, plus workflow and reporting tools that enable users to quickly drill down and get specific data on customers, purchasing trends, operational issues and more. BIE includes 75 predesigned views, plus numerous customization options to help users analyze business operations and create on-the-fly graphical charts for presenting key data. Beyond business intelligence, BIE streamlines the workflow process by enabling users to navigate directly to and perform tasks directly from BIE.

The new Business Insights Dashboard enables users to capture, consolidate and present key performance indicators (KPIs) in simplified snapshots for easy analysis. The Dashboard helps managers keep a finger on the pulse of their entire business with customized, graphical reports displayed on the user's desktop at startup each work day. Users have the flexibility to personalize the Dashboard by selecting reports, graphs, the level of detail and the order in which to view specified information.

Additional "Green" Features

In addition to the paperless office, Sage MAS 90 and 200 support direct deposit and e-filing tax functions that enable users to reduce paper consumption and overall office supply costs.

Secure, efficient and environmentally friendly, Sage MAS 90 and 200 direct deposit features provide the convenience of electronic payroll disbursements to employees. Direct deposits are routed to specified financial institutions, conform to NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) standards, plus include an employee self-service viewer for tracking and validation.

Federal and state governments are requiring more and more businesses to e-file taxes. However, the sheer volume of the tax forms involved adds complexity. To help, the new Sage MAS 90 and 200 Federal and State e-Filing and Reporting module provides customers with more than 250 forms to streamline reporting on W2s, 1099s, unemployment, withholdings, and new hires. The new module also supports e-filing of tax forms to help users save time, money and resources.

About Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP

Award-winning Sage MAS 90 and 200 offer a broad selection of feature-rich solutions including core accounting, business intelligence tools, customer relationship management, e-commerce, human resources, payroll, manufacturing, and distribution. Stand-alone, modular systems, Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP enable users to build a complete business management system as a company grows. Sage MAS 90 and 200 are virtually identical applications, with Sage MAS 200 providing the additional power, versatility, performance and scalability of a thin client/server architecture.

Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.3 anchor the new Sage MAS Extended Enterprise Suites, which provide a full range of ERP and CRM functions in an integrated suite (see "New Sage MAS 90 and 200 Extended Enterprise Suites Simplify Business Management for SMBs" announced May 13, 2008 at www.sagesoftware.com/newsroom/news/index.cfm/fuseaction/news.detail/id/1017).

Pricing and Availability

Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.3 are available now 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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