SOURCE: Sage Software

June 27, 2005 10:00 ET

Sage Software Enhances Accountants' Program With New Product Libraries at AICPA Tech 2005

ACCPAC and Timberline Libraries Now Available Through Newly Named Sage Software Accountants Network Along With Additional New Resources for Effective Practice Management

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 27, 2005 -- In conjunction with its corporate rebranding, Sage Software today announced the new name for its popular BSAN (Best Software Accountants Network) program -- the Sage Software Accountants Network -- as well as expansion of its available libraries for accountants, which now include Timberline and ACCPAC.

Small and mid-sized organizations often rely on their accountants for insight and suggestions on how to more effectively manage their businesses through technology. With the addition of ACCPAC and Timberline to the Accountants Network libraries, program members now have more tools at their disposal to better advise and serve their clients.

The Accountants Network offers resources to increase technical competency and help grow an accountant's practice by providing informative communications and resources, product discounts and membership benefits related to the Sage Software family of products. Through the Accountants Network, accounting professionals also have access to software Libraries for Sage Software products that include accounting and business management software, support services and automatic upgrades and updates, including tax tables when applicable. In addition to product libraries, the program offers valuable practice development aids and access to discounts on products and services through preferred "Value Partner" vendors such as Dell, Nextel and CCH Learning Center (for CPE).

Two additional companies will join the Accountants' Network as Value Partners in July: First Research, which provides industry intelligence tools; and iLumen™, the private company financial monitoring and benchmarking network. Through First Research, accountants can gain access to several services: Industry Profiles from more than 170 target markets, highlighting critical industry trends, challenges and opportunities; Call Prep Sheets -- one-page executive summaries of the Industry Profiles; and Email Alerts with the most recent updates on selected industries. iLumen offers private company trending, monitoring and benchmarking services that firms can use to continuously monitor and benchmark their private company business clients. Both services assist accountants in the analysis of not just their own progress, but that of their clients and the markets they serve.

"Sage Software is squarely focused on providing the accountant community with the best tools possible to manage their own firms and serve their clients," said Ed Cheeseman, vice president, Sage Software Accountants Network. "Sage Software has nurtured strong ties with accountants for nearly 30 years; we understand the needs of this community, and we value the opportunity to support AICPA Tech 2005 for our accountant partners. So many of them value this forum, where they can learn about new technologies, refine their own practice skills, and take additional insight back to their customers at home."

Also new are the Sage Payroll Services offerings for mid-market companies and organizations. Announced in May at the company's Insights conference and offered within the framework of Sage Online Services, the new outsourced payroll services joined the company's existing Peachtree Payroll Service for small businesses. Built on a true Web-native architecture, the new Sage Payroll Services include Sage Payroll Services -- Abra Edition, which integrates with Sage Abra HRMS (human resources management system) solution, Sage Payroll Services -- MAS Edition, which integrates with the company's Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 accounting products, and a stand-alone Sage Payroll Services offering, which can be used in conjunction with any in-house accounting system. More information about these outsourced payroll services will be available in the Sage Software booth at AICPA Tech 2005.

The conference, held this year at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, draws hundreds of CPAs annually, who attend the event to learn more about enhancing their practices through technology. Serving as at the Platinum sponsor of this year's AICPA Tech Conference, Sage Software will feature live demonstrations this week in booth 301 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, showing several of the products from its broad portfolio: Sage CPAPractice Manager, Peachtree by Sage 2006, Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200, Sage MAS 500, Sage ACCPAC, Sage BusinessWorks Gold, Sage MIP Fundraising, Sage Common Desktop featuring Sage ACCPAC, Sage Abra and Sage FAS. Representatives from the Sage Software Accountants Network will also be on hand in the booth to answer questions.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized 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 applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessWorks, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, and Timberline Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-BEST.

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