SOURCE: Sage Software

September 15, 2005 15:56 ET

Sage Software and CCH Canadian Expand Collaborative Partnership to Benefit Canadian Accountants

Combining the Expertise of Market-Leading Accounting and Business Management Products; Kick Off at Simply Partnership 2005

RICHMOND, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 15, 2005 -- Sage Software and CCH Canadian today announced the expansion of their existing US partnership into the Canadian market. The companies will coordinate activity behind the market leading Simply Accounting and CCH Canadian's product offerings to provide products and services to accounting professionals. A marketing partnership initially, the alliance will later extend into shared product functionality and integration.

"In response to feedback received from accounting professionals, CCH Canadian is working hard to create better integration across key workflow applications. We are addressing this need for integration through our own product releases, as well as by working with leaders like Sage," said Doug Finley, Vice-President - Tax, Accounting and Financial Planning. Market leader CCH Canadian is also expanding their product line to incorporate practice management, working papers and paperless document solutions.

"Hundreds of thousands of small businesses rely on Simply Accounting to help them manage their operations, and as the only Canadian accounting software with an audit trail that is always on, accountants in Canada recommend our program over any other small business accounting software,"* said Laurie Schultz, General Manager, Simply Accounting. "Our partnership with CCH Canadian will allow us to work closely to provide expanded offerings that serve our mutual customers even better."

Simply Accounting is supported and recommended by thousands of accountants and consultants across Canada, and its partner program boasts over double the number of professional partners in similar programs. Simply Accounting Canadian business partners will convene this week in Québec City for Simply Partnership 2005. Sponsored in part by CCH Canadian, Simply Partnership is an annual conference event for Simply Accounting business partners to network, exchange ideas and attend educational sessions.

"Both Simply Accounting and CCH Canadian are well-respected by professional accountants nationwide," said Alan Salmon, vice president of Canada operations with K2 Enterprises. "Bringing together the many strengths of these two market leaders makes perfect sense, and will open up tremendous opportunities for professional accountants in Canada."

About CCH Canadian

CCH Canadian Limited is one of Canada's largest and most respected publishers of software applications, electronic information services, and business-to-business books for professionals in Canada. Since 1946, CCH Canadian has produced information products that help customers take command of complex regulatory issues in tax, financial planning, human resources and law. (www.cch.ca )

CCH Canadian Limited is a Wolters Kluwer company (www.wolterskluwer.com). Wolters Kluwer NV is a leading multinational publisher and information services company, with annual revenues (2003) of EUR 3.4 billion and approximately 19,500 employees worldwide.

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 (LSE: 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.

*- Based on an independent survey of over 150 accountants who work with small business clients, conducted in Canada in July 2005.

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