SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

January 23, 2007 09:00 ET

Sage Software Helps Drive Business for Ed Morse Automotive Group With Sage Accpac ERP

Longtime South Florida Automotive Dealership Utilizes Award-Winning Enterprise Resource Planning System to Manage Its More Than 1,400 Accounts, Enjoying Significant Cost Savings and Return on Investment

PLEASANTON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- Sage Software announced today another example of how it responds to the needs, challenges, and dreams of more than 2.7 million small and mid-sized business customers (SMBs) across North America with the successful deployment of Sage Accpac ERP (enterprise resource planning) at the Ed Morse Automotive Group of Fort Lauderdale, FL, a well-known automotive fixture in South Florida, with 20 dealerships and 23 franchises selling 14 different automotive brands to customers across South Florida and southern Alabama. With the assistance of Sage Software business partner NextLevel Information Solutions of Miami, FL, this deployment exemplifies how Sage Software and its network of more than 4,800 business partners across North America mutually deliver on its "customers for life" strategy, providing the business management solutions companies like Ed Morse Automotive Group need as they grow and change over time.

Founded in 1946, this family owned and operated company, now with more than 1,400 employees, uses Sage Accpac ERP as its business management system to help it run all eight operating companies that comprise their business, Morse Operations. Founder Ed Morse started the business with a small rental car fleet that merged with National Car Rental and then grew to be NCR's largest licensee. The Ed Morse Chevrolet dealership in Lauderhill, FL has sold more cars than any other Chevrolet dealership in the world.

Morse Operations, the corporate office for all 20 Ed Morse Automotive dealerships, prides itself on providing superior quality service to its clientele, but this became increasingly problematic as its existing accounting software system could not manage the business effectively, nor create adequate financial reports or track historical data.

"We were using some sort of PC-based software, but it was so inadequate that acquiring a good business management system became a major concern," explains Mike Kelly, corporate controller, Ed Morse Automotive Group. "Our criteria included ease of use, flexible reporting options, sophisticated tracking of historic records, and the ability to handle the eight different companies that make up our enterprise."

Morse Operations first selected Sage Accpac ERP as its business management system in 1996, and has been using it to effectively run all eight of its operating companies that comprise the business ever since.

Over the past two years, Morse Operations has been able to reduce their administrative staff by nearly half, while maintaining high levels of service to their operating companies because of the ever-increasing efficiencies Sage Accpac ERP provides. According to Kelly, the company also enjoys an estimated cost savings of at least $1,500 per month compared to using other, more complicated business management systems that many other large car dealerships use.

"The primary value of Sage Accpac for us lies in its ability to prepare customized and comprehensive reports," says Kelly. "Sage Accpac beats any system I've ever been on. It's fully customizable, and easy enough to use that we don't have to call in programmers all the time." Over 1,400 accounts must be managed and incorporated at the end of each month in the Morse Operations general ledger. "Sage Accpac makes it simple to summarize everything," concludes Kelly.

Recently named a "Top 100 Product" for 2006 in the High-End & Mid-Market Accounting category for the 11th straight year by the editors of Accounting Today magazine (http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=22780&pg=acctoday&page=4), and awarded a 5 out of 5-star ranking by The CPA Technology Advisor in their annual High-End Accounting System review (http://www.cpatechnologyadvisor.com/article/article.jsp?id=1439), Sage Accpac ERP is an advanced, Web-enabled accounting and business management solution that is the foundation for integrated, end-to-end business management applications, including customer relationship management (CRM), point-of-sale (POS), human resources (HR), warehouse management (WMS), and business intelligence (BI), among others.

Sage Accpac ERP -- Freedom of Choice

Unlike competitors, Sage Accpac ERP can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, including the ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against the same database. Sage Accpac ERP also continues to provide small enterprises with the freedom to choose from a variety of industry leading databases, including IBM® DB2® (a 3-user DB2 license is included free of charge with a license of Sage Accpac ERP), Pervasive.SQL®, Oracle®, and Microsoft SQL Server, in addition to deploying on either the Microsoft, Linux® or IBM OS400 operating systems. Sage Accpac ERP can be operated alone or integrated with other Sage Accpac end-to-end business management applications that include customer relationship management (CRM), point-of-sale (POS), human resources (HR), warehouse management (WMS), and business intelligence (BI), among others. It can also be deployed either on premises, or hosted online at www.accpaconline.com.

Pricing and Availability

Available in three editions, 100, 200, and 500, Sage Accpac ERP is available from Sage Accpac business partners starting at an SRP of $595 per module (USD) for Sage Accpac 100 ERP. To locate a Sage Accpac business partner, call 1-800-945-8007, or visit www.sageaccpac.com.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.7 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 5.2 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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