SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

May 02, 2006 08:33 ET

Sage Software Hits Home Run for the Milwaukee Brewers With Comprehensive Business Management Solution

Winning Combination of Sage MAS 500 ERP, Sage Abra HRMS & Sage FAS Fixed Assets Boosts Business Management Performance to Major League Level

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today that the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team is opening the 2006 season with a new power hitter: a robust lineup of Sage Software solutions that automates and streamlines nearly all of the organization's business management functions. The Sage Software lineup is anchored by the company's premiere enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Sage MAS 500 ERP, and includes award-winning Sage Abra HRMS (human resource management system) solutions and Sage FAS Fixed Assets software.

"The Sage MAS 500 software has enabled us to cut the time it takes to close our books in half," said Joe Zidanic, controller for the Milwaukee Brewers. "We now have more time to do financial analysis and other important tasks."

The award-winning Sage MAS 500 recently was named a "Top 100 Product" for 2006 in the High-End and Mid-Market Accounting category by the editors of Accounting Today magazine ( A highly scaleable and full-featured business management application, Sage MAS 500 automates accounting and financials, project accounting, distribution, services and manufacturing functions, plus tightly integrates with other award-winning Sage Software products.

The Brewers use Sage MAS 500 to issue purchase orders, process accounts payable and accounts receivable, process their cash management, close the books and produce various financial statements. The solution also provides needed flexibility to the Brewers' business office line up.

"Sage MAS 500 had all the features we wanted at a very competitive price," said Zidanic. "We evaluated several other products and this was a great fit for our needs."

The Milwaukee Brewers managed implementation of the system with Sage MAS 500 business partner Chicago-based ERP Visions, which has a number of professional sports organizations as clients. ERP Visions has more than 20 years of experience with applications software and offers fixed bid contracts to help users control costs. "Our Sage MAS 500 implementation came in on time and on budget," said Zidanic. "The experience and professionalism of the people at ERP Visions was key in our decision to go with Sage MAS 500."

Abra Payroll, part of the Sage Abra HRMS product line, and Sage FAS Fixed Assets were recently named 2006 "Top 100 Products" by the editors of Accounting Today magazine in the Payroll Software and Fixed Assets categories, respectively. Sage Software also is listed second in Workforce Management's annual list of Top HRMS Providers for 2006.

Sage Abra HRMS is Sage Software's award-winning HR/payroll system for mid-sized businesses and organizations. The software seamlessly integrates with Sage MAS 500, as well as with other award-winning Sage Software products. The Brewers have deployed Sage Abra HRMS modules to automate payroll and HR management.

"We use Abra HR to maintain the overall database for all full- and part-time employees, as well as players and interns," said Zidanic. "Abra Payroll keeps records for all of our full-time employees so their paychecks can be processed automatically. This is another area where our time savings have been significant."

To round out its comprehensive solution, the Brewers use FAS Asset Accounting, part of the Sage FAS Fixed Assets product line, to manage fixed asset accounting, tracking and depreciation.

In addition to its Sage Software solutions, the Brewers have adopted TimeStar Enterprise™, sophisticated enterprise-wide software that creates employees' photo ID badges that also function in the company's automated timecard system. Sage Software business partner Madison, Wis.-based, Galaxy Technologies seamlessly integrated TimeStar Enterprise with the Sage Abra HRMS.

For more information about Sage Software products or our complete lineup of integrated business management solutions visit or call 800-854-3415.

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Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.5 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 or call (866) 308-2378.

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