SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

April 02, 2007 09:03 ET

Sage Software Launches the Most Powerful and User-Friendly Sage MAS ERP Solutions Ever -- Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 4.2

Latest Versions Include Some of the Most Advanced Business Intelligence and Personalization Features Available for Any Products in Class

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Sage Software announced today the availability of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 4.2, the latest versions of the company's most popular ERP (enterprise resource planning) solutions. Built upon years of cumulative input from thousands of customers, Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 deliver a unique combination of deep accounting functionality with renowned ease-of-use, simplified personalization features and advanced business intelligence tools. Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 provide comprehensive insight into a company's most important data, enabling small and mid-sized business owners to successfully grow their businesses through improved business decision making.

Sage MAS 90 and 200 anchor end-to-end business management solutions that give users visibility and insight into their entire operations. Providing accounting and financial reporting, in-depth distribution, manufacturing and e-business management, Sage MAS 90 and 200 automate and streamline business processes for greater efficiency. Sage MAS 90 and 200 also tightly integrate with award-winning CRM, HRMS, Payroll and other business management applications from Sage Software. Version 4.2 features Business Insights Explorer (BIE), one of the most comprehensive business intelligence tools available for any product in its class, advanced personalization features, integration with all three powerful CRM solutions from Sage Software -- ACT! by Sage; SageCRM/SageCRM.com and Sage SalesLogix -- and the new Sage MAS Fixed Assets management module.

"Business Insights Explorer is invaluable in capturing and presenting pertinent company-wide information in one sweep," said Sherri Morfin, controller at Pearson Electronics (www.pearsonelectronics.com), an early adopter of Sage MAS 90 4.2. "It allows us to track our new customers, show who we sold to per month, go back in history to look up additional data and many other features that contribute to greater productivity."

Comprehensive business intelligence and analysis

With the new Business Insights Explorer (BIE) module, Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 deliver business intelligence, usability and work-flow capabilities normally found only in enterprise-level products. BIE is an easy-to-use, on-the-fly inquiry and analysis tool that serves up actionable, fact-based information from across the entire system. Using powerful sort, group, filtering and Microsoft® Office export capabilities, users can save personalization settings by individual or by roles within the company, which ultimately produces significant gains in real-time workflow efficiency and productivity.

Preview -- With preview functionality, users can view multiple transaction types in a single view. Version 4.2 users can locate a customer, for example, and preview related orders, invoices and payments without being forced to load separate windows or modules. Users can also apply filters to any view, displaying data according to preferences, save filtered views for future use or share them with other team members.

Explore -- The Explore option allows users to perform extensive investigations into related data records. By isolating a specific transaction with the preview window, users can explore into that transaction and review additional details. A customer service representative answering a question on a specific invoice for example, can easily explore all related activity for that invoice including payments and notations made in the account records.

Task -- With task management options provided by BIE, users have an easy mechanism for quickly accessing key and familiar Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 tasks. For example, when viewing a customer, the tasks for updating the customer information or creating an order are all readily accessible. When the Sage MAS 90 and 200 task is loaded, the appropriate context is passed from BIE, limiting extra keystrokes and improving productivity.

A leader in customer-driven design and advanced personalization

The robust feature set in Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 incorporate more than 20 years of cumulative input from tens of thousands of clients across dozens of industries. This flexibility enables businesses to tailor the system to work they way they do. Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 enable personalization of interfaces by providing each user the ability to quickly and easily modify entry screens based on personal preference. For example, the program's dual-grid interface enables users to move unused or infrequently used fields to a secondary grid for display and occasional updates, thus streamlining keystrokes to the most meaningful fields.

"The continuing advancements in version 4.2 enable quicker, easier access to more internal knowledge bases, which translates into greater success for our customers," said Cindy Whitlock, applications consultant at Ascent Business Systems (www.ascent-sys.com), a Sage MAS 90 and 200 Master Developer and Sage Select business partner. "The flexibility of the product, from personalized entry screens to customized reports, improves both the speed and the quality of decision making. This is the best MAS 90 yet!"

Industry-leading CRM integration

Customers are a company's most valuable asset, and Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 integrate with the entire portfolio of Sage CRM solutions to assist in facilitating effective sales and providing superior customer service. Integrated CRM solutions enable version 4.2 users to push customer service levels to new heights, improve customer loyalty and retention and boost sales.

Integrating industry-leading Sage Software applications increases productivity with real-time data sharing between the CRM solution and Sage MAS 90 or 200. Users also see cost savings through improved data integrity and interdepartmental communications, which helps to eliminate costly order processing errors.

ACT! by Sage Integration -- ACT! is used by millions and praised by business experts. Users can build long-term customer loyalty by giving front office personnel immediate access to critical contact and customer information including details on invoice sales and order history.

SageCRM/SageCRM.com Integration -- SageCRM is an award-winning web-based CRM system that provides enterprise-wide access to vital customer, partner and prospect information. Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 take full advantage of this feature-rich CRM solution, including comprehensive sales force automation and marketing campaign features.

Sage SalesLogix Integration -- Sage SalesLogix is the leader in customer relationship management for small to mid-sized businesses that require flexible, easy-to-use solutions for customer relationship management, sales force automation, marketing campaigns and customer service management.

Sage MAS Fixed Assets

Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 feature comprehensive fixed assets management capabilities provided by the new Sage MAS Fixed Assets module -- a unique version of Sage Software's award-winning Sage FAS Fixed Assets management solution developed specifically for version 4.2. With the Sage MAS Fixed Assets module, Sage MAS 90 and 200 users can now manage up to 1,500 assets, from acquisition to disposal, while reaping all available depreciation tax benefits.

Pricing and Availability

Sage MAS 90 and 200 4.2 is available now through local Sage MAS business partners. For pricing and additional information, contact the Sage Software Sales Department at 800-854-3415, your local Sage MAS business partner, or visit www.sagemas.com.

Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP

With more than 26 modules and thousands of industry-specific applications, Sage MAS 90 and 200 ERP provide unsurpassed value and functionality for automating your business processes. The solutions handle core accounting, financial reporting, distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce plus provide powerful business intelligence tools. Sage MAS 90 and 200 accommodate distribution and light manufacturing needs with full-featured inventory management, shipment processing, bill of materials and work order modules. The applications also provide award-winning CRM, HR and fixed asset functionality through tight integration with Sage CRM solutions, Sage Abra HRMS and Sage FAS Fixed Assets. Sage MAS 200 offers all the functionality of Sage MAS 90 but incorporates the benefits of a scalable, thin client/server platform, including efficient distributed processing, higher performance, enhanced data integrity and reliability, remote access support and scalability. For more information visit www.sagemas.com or call 800-854-3415.

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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