SOURCE: Sage Software

September 10, 2007 11:00 ET

Sage Software Expects Record Attendance at Simply Partnership 2007

Hundreds of Simply Accounting by Sage Partners to Gather in Ottawa to Network and Learn About New Products

RICHMOND, BC--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Sage Software announced today that they are expecting hundreds of Simply Accounting partners to gather at the Westin hotel in Ottawa, Ontario October 19-21 for the annual Simply Partnership conference. Simply Partnership 2007 will provide consultants, bookkeepers and accountants with an opportunity to learn about new product releases and services, and network with each other and the Simply Accounting by Sage team.

"Our partners are critical to the success of Sage Software, and we are committed to our partners' success," said Laurie Schultz, senior vice president and general manager for Simply Accounting and Accpac N.A., Sage Software. "The Simply Accounting Partner Program has expanded to offer more services and resources for our partners, and we have concurrently experienced double digit growth of the membership over the past few years, which is a testament to our partners' trust and loyalty to Sage Software."

Simply Partnership provides an annual forum for Sage Software and its Canadian partners to connect and share information. In addition to several general sessions and an array of breakouts designed to provide partners with practical product knowledge for improving their productivity with clients, attendees will also learn about new features in the soon to be available Simply Accounting 2008 release. The conference also offers 'town hall' meetings during which partners can ask questions, suggest product features, and solicit feedback from their peers and Sage Software.

"Simply Partnership connects me with Simply Accounting software developers and staff, as well as my peers from across the country, and is a 'must attend' event every year," said Sage Software partner Jennifer Warawa of Dreamscape Business Services. "I look forward to seeing what is new, and providing my feedback and ideas for future product releases. It's a great event."

With more than double the number of accountant partner members than competing accounting software vendors, Simply is the #1 recommended accounting software (1), according to a recent survey of Canadian accountants conducted by an independent consultant. For many accountants, the reliability and security provided by Simply Accounting remains a strong factor in recommending the accounting program to their clients.

"Small business owners turn to their accountants as their most trusted advisor to help manage their growth and assist them with determining the right accounting software for their business needs. We have a number of two-way communication touch points with our partners to ensure they have the resources and information they require," said Marilyn Benninger, director, Simply Accounting partner programs. "In addition to our annual Simply Partnership conference, we have a variety of ways for partners to interact with the Simply Accounting team and their peers, including an online community on the Simply Accounting Web site."

The Simply Accounting online community, www.simplyaccounting.com/community, launched earlier this year, provides blogs, chat forums and access to the Simply Accounting knowledge base for customers and partners. Additionally, Sage Software offers an online public discussion forum specifically for partners.

Simply Partnership 2007 will also feature an exhibitor area, where attendees can investigate additional solutions and tools to help their own businesses and their clients. Exhibitors include CCH Canadian, UniResMan, TelPay for Business, Davis & Henderson, the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and the Knowledge Bureau, Inc. To register or learn more about Simply Partnership 2007, go to http://www.simplyaccounting.com/partnership2007/.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-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 international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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(1) This information is based on an online survey conducted in Canada in August 2007 of 574 accountants who work with small business clients. The survey was independently managed by consultant Alan Salmon.

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