SOURCE: Sage Software

November 30, 2005 13:00 ET

Sage Software CRM Solutions Cited for Midmarket Sales Force Automation Leadership Positions by Independent Research Firm

Sage CRM SalesLogix Identified as the Only Solution to Attain Leadership Status Across 151 Criteria in Both Medium-Size and Small Business Category Evaluations

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced that Sage CRM SalesLogix has been cited as both a medium-size and small business category leader among vendors selected by Forrester Research, Inc. for evaluation in its Forrester Wave™ Midmarket Sales Force Automation Q4 2005 report. Sage CRM, the company's newest product available both as a hosted service and for on-premises deployment, also received a strong performance evaluation and was noted as the "only true hybrid CRM offering" selected by Forrester Research for its evaluations.

"This is very meaningful third-party validation for Sage CRM Solutions," explained Elvin Monteleone, general manager for Sage Software Mid-Market CRM. "Our customers and business partners can be especially confident in their selection of our easy-to-use, flexible and customizable CRM offerings given Forrester's thorough assessment of our product functionality, strategic vision and market presence."

Sage Product Breadth And Usability Resonate Throughout Forrester Evaluation

The Forrester Research evaluation of 151 mid-market sales force automation criteria also indicates that both Sage CRM SalesLogix and Sage CRM:

-- Received the highest scores among all vendor products evaluated for
   product breath and deployment options;

-- Match or exceed all vendor products evaluated for product usability; and

-- Include simplified product migration paths and a range of available ERP
   options for customers to choose from as their business processes evolve.
Additionally, Forrester's research report references survey results indicating that over 25% of technology decision makers at U.S. small and mid-sized businesses begin by considering an ACT! by Sage solution(1) when assessing sales force automation needs.

Sage CRM Solutions

Sage CRM SalesLogix and Sage CRM are part of Sage CRM Solutions, the only family of CRM products designed specifically for the needs of small and mid-sized businesses that also includes the ACT! by Sage contact and customer management solution. For more details, visit www.sagecrmsolutions.com or call 800-643-6400.

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 4.7 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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(1) Forrester Research, Inc. Business Technographics® June 2005 United States SMB Software And Services Benchmark Study.

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