SOURCE: Sage Software

May 08, 2006 18:00 ET

Sage Software Insights 2006 Conference Highlights Broad Selection of Business Management Software and Services for SMBs

Dozens of New or Enhanced Products Provide Choice for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses and Organizations

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2006 --At Insights 2006, its annual business partner conference, Sage Software is showcasing its broad selection of new products, major upgrades and services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and organizations. Among the introductions are new and enhanced accounting, online payroll, human resources (HR), fundraising and customer relationship management (CRM) products as well as integration plans for its merchant services for credit card and payment processing.

The breadth of products being introduced underscores Sage Software's strength in offering the broadest range of business management solutions for SMBs from a single vendor, providing businesses with integrated applications, choice in their technology options, and the ability to migrate to more advanced software products as their businesses grow.

"Small and mid-sized businesses have different needs throughout their growth cycles, so they rely on their business solutions partners to provide software and services that map to their growth requirements," said Sage Software President and CEO Ron Verni. "Our focus on the needs of small and mid-sized businesses for the past 30 years has helped us to provide the end-to-end solutions they require to manage effectively for today and throughout their growth."

New products and services featured at Insights 2006 focus on creating integrated end-to-end business management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, and include:

Human Resources

--  Sage Abra eRecruiter, launching this month, is a new online recruiting
    solution for the award-winning Sage Abra HRMS product line that helps HR
    professionals reduce hiring costs, shorten the hiring cycle, and comply
    with federal regulations and proposed guidelines.
    
--  Sage Abra HRMS version 8.1, launching this month, now supports
    Canadian as well as U.S. companies and delivers new reporting options and
    features that bring more flexibility and ease-of-use to the Sage Abra HRMS
    system.
    
--  At Insights 2006, Sage Software is announcing plans for development of
    a Sage Accpac ERP-Sage Abra HRMS integration, which will enable U.S. and
    Canadian companies using Sage Accpac ERP to take advantage of the award-
    winning Sage Abra HRMS solution for mid-sized businesses.
    
Online Payroll Services
--  Sage Software last month introduced Sage Payroll Services integration
    with Sage Accpac ERP, adding to existing integration with Peachtree by
    Sage, Sage MAS 90 ERP, Sage MAS 200 ERP, and Sage Abra HRMS. At Insights
    2006, Sage Software is introducing Sage Payroll Services integration with
    Peachtree by Sage - Quantum, scheduled for June 2006, and Sage
    BusinessWorks Accounting, scheduled for September 2006. Sage Payroll
    Services provide 24/7 online access to payroll management for more than
    6,000 businesses.
    
--  Sage Compliance Utility, a Sage Compliance Services solution for Sage
    MAS 90 ERP and Sage MAS 200 ERP, enables companies to automate payroll tax
    compliance issues while minimizing exposure to penalties and reducing
    related IT needs, and will be available next month.
    
CRM Solutions
--  Sage CRM SalesLogix v7, shipping in Summer 2006, will provide new and
    enhanced capabilities across the product suite for users, administrators
    and developers. Interactive dashboards, drill-down analysis, expanded lead
    management and email marketing capabilities, integrated service and
    support, full-featured mobile support and enhanced integration with Sage
    ERP back-office solutions are among the new features.
    
--  ACT! by Sage Premium for Real Estate, launched May 1st, 2006 as the
    first ACT! vertical industry solution, builds upon the product's reputation
    as the preferred choice of selling professionals. ACT! Premium for Real
    Estate equips residential real estate professionals with industry-specific
    tools to help cultivate quality referrals, market to them effectively, and
    sell more homes.
    
--  Sage CRM Solutions introduced the next phase of its migration strategy
    focused on delivering simplified migration of ACT! and Goldmine to Sage
    CRM, SageCRM.com and Sage CRM SalesLogix.
    
Accounting and Operations Management
--  For small business: Peachtree by Sage - Quantum, for mature small
    businesses with up to 10 named accounting users, and the full Peachtree by
    Sage 2007 line, shipping in June 2006, feature advanced MS-Office
    integration and an efficiency-focused new design developed with small
    business owners.
    
--  For small and mid-sized businesses:
    Sage MAS 90 4.2, launching in September 2006, will include the conversion
    of its Accounts Payable module to Business Framework, which streamlines
    workflow and increases productivity through improved personalization,
    customization, reporting and integration features. Also new will be
    Business Insights Explorer, which provides enhanced inquiry, drill-down and
    robust Microsoft Excel and Word integration. Sage BusinessWorks Accounting
    version 7, shipping in October 2006, supports up to 45 concurrent users and
    includes many significant improvements to Payroll as well as a seamless
    integration to Sage Payroll Services.
    
--  For mid-sized businesses and small enterprises: Sage Accpac ERP 5.4
    and Sage Pro ERP 7.4, shipping in Summer 2006, focus on significantly
    enhancing user productivity. Sage Accpac ERP will include a new RMA module
    and 300 user-requested new features supporting operational efficiency,
    greater data security, and more process flexibility -- such as choice of
    batch or real-time processing defined by user. Sage Pro ERP will also
    include a new RMA module, document workflow, an executive dashboard and
    more than 200 user-requested enhancements. Sage PFW 5.5, launching in
    September 2006, features the new Batch Edit Report, which provides process
    manufacturers numerous, configurable validation checks to ensure the
    accuracy of critical materials, formulas, finished goods or raw materials
    before batches are run. For improved workflow, Sage PFW 5.5 includes an
    Advanced Lookup Engine, which provides flexible options for accessing and
    formatting information, plus Enhanced Security and new Accounts Receivable
    and Accounts Payable features to improve productivity.
    
--  Warehouse Automation: Sage MAS 500 Warehouse Automation module speeds
    workflow throughout a company's warehouse operations. Sage MAS 500
    Warehouse Automation provides wireless support that is ideal for companies
    with complex warehouse needs or that need to meet RFID (radio frequency
    identification) requirements such as those mandated by government or large
    retailers. Launched in March 2006, Sage Accpac WMS 5.0 features warehouse
    automation capabilities available via optional modules, giving customers
    freedom to build customized warehouse automation systems "a la carte" with
    significant cost savings.
    
--  Business Analysis: Sage PFW ERP - Customer Insights Module, launched
    in March 2006, supports fast, personalized attention to every customer with
    a Customer Activity Dashboard, giving users single-click access to detailed
    credit status, pricing, quotes, orders, sales history, buying patterns and
    behaviors.
    
--  Time and Expense Management:  Sage TimeSheet - MAS 90 Edition,
    launching in July 2006, is a new Web-based edition featuring tight
    integration with Sage MAS 90 ERP A/P, Job Cost, and Payroll ensuring
    accurate capture of detailed employee time and expense information.
    
--  Fixed Asset Management: Sage FAS Canada 2006, launching in Summer
    2006, will include a new asset inventory solution as well as integration to
    FAS CIP Accounting for construction-in-progress accounting. FAS Compliance
    Advisor, launching in Summer 2006, will provide Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
    documentation related to fixed asset management.
    
Accounting and Operations Management for Construction and Real Estate

Sage Timberline Office - Version 9.3, launching in Spring 2006, preserves Sage Timberline Office's award winning flexible system architecture while dramatically streamlining setup and workflow functions for quicker implementation and a more intuitive workflow.

Fund Accounting and Fundraising for Nonprofit and Government Organizations

--  Sage MIP Fund Accounting 8.0, launching in September 2006, will
    feature a new multi-currency module, integrated inventory control module,
    and major enhancements to the purchase orders module.
    
--  Sage Fundraising 50 version 7.0, launching in Summer 2006, will
    feature major ease-of-use improvements, new data import functionality and
    reporting enhancements as well as improved integration to Sage MIP Fund
    Accounting and a seamless interface with Peachtree by Sage.
    
--  Sage Fundraising 100 version 5.0, released in April 2006, is Sage
    Software's donor relationship management solution for medium to large
    nonprofit organizations, and includes enhanced document management, grant
    proposal, and endowment management capabilities, customizable menu and view
    options, and ease-of use enhancements.
    
Merchant Services
--  Sage introduced plans for integration of its Verus merchant services
    for credit card and other payment processing with Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage
    Accpac ERP business management systems.
    
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