Sage Software, Inc.

Sage Software, Inc.

December 06, 2006 09:00 ET

Sage Software Launches Sage Accpac HRMS

New Human Resource Management System, Based on Market-Leading Sage Abra HRMS, Replaces ACCPAC HR Series and Integrates With Sage Accpac ERP and Sage Pro ERP

PLEASANTON, CA--(CCNMatthews - December 06, 2006) - Sage Software announced today the availability of Sage Accpac HRMS, a new human resource management system (HRMS) for Sage Accpac ERP (enterprise resource planning) and Sage Pro ERP users that is based on the company's market-leading Sage Abra HRMS. Designed specifically for small and mid-sized U.S. and Canadian businesses, Sage Accpac HRMS offers HR, attendance and training modules to comprehensively meet the HR management, benefits administration, information tracking, reporting, and legislative compliance needs of North American organizations, with more flexibility, ease-of-use, and reporting options than other systems. Sage Accpac HRMS includes enhanced job description information, more flexibility in defining employee seniority for attendance purposes, additional options for tracking vacation time, and step rates for such organizations as municipalities, universities, and union-based industries. Sage Accpac HRMS also features tight integration with Sage Payroll Services for U.S. companies, and offers an optional link to ADP Canadian payroll services.

"Sage Accpac HRMS is a powerful, feature-rich HR solution that we believe will be a tremendous value-add for our Sage Accpac ERP clients," said Jim Campbell, vice president of ADSS Global, a leading Sage Software business partner with locations throughout the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean. "It's specifically designed for small and mid-sized businesses, with market-leading features and functionality, and our existing and new clients can be confident knowing they are deploying the top HR solution available."

Sage Accpac HRMS is based upon the market-leading Sage Abra HRMS solution, which was cited in September 2006 by Forrester Research as a "Strong Performer" in their overall U.S. mid-market evaluation.(1) According to the report, "Sage, with its (Sage) Abra product, offers the most cost-effective software solution among the products evaluated for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees."(1) Additionally, according to Forrester's Sage Software Vendor Summary, also published in September 2006, "(Sage Software's) Abra product clearly leads as the on-premise(s) HR solution of choice for the small and medium-size business (SMB) company segment (businesses with six to 999 employees)."(2)

Sage Abra HRMS has also been positioned in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner, Inc.'s 2006 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Midmarket Human Resource Management Systems. According to Gartner, U.S. Midmarket HRMS Leaders are "vendors whose performances excel in the U.S. for midmarket HRMS solutions. They are able to deliver breadth and depth of HRMS functionality, as well as demonstrate a strong vision to capitalize on emerging market trends. Leaders successfully articulate a business proposition that resonates with buyers, supported by the viability and operational capability to deliver."(3)

Integration with Sage Accpac ERP U.S. and Canadian Payroll is now available with Sage Accpac HRMS. Integration with Sage Pro ERP U.S. Payroll will be available at the beginning of 2007.

New reports designed to meet the needs of U.S. and Canadian installations cover employee beneficiaries and dependents, benefits, skills, and education. In combination with other compliance practices, Sage Accpac HRMS can help U.S. and Canadian businesses to track certain information relating to Canadian organizations' EE (Employment Equity) and OHS (Occupational Health and Safety), and U.S. organizations' EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) requirements.

In addition to the HR, attendance and training modules, Sage Accpac HRMS also includes Accpac Workforce Connections, the workforce-facing self-service system for Sage Accpac HRMS. Consisting of Sage Accpac ESS (employee self-service) and Sage Accpac Benefits Enrollment modules, plus the new Sage Accpac eRecruiter module, Accpac Workforce Connections provides Sage Accpac HRMS customers with Web-based workflow automation capabilities.

Sage Accpac eRecruiter is a new online recruiting solution that integrates with Sage Accpac HRMS. The recruiting solution is easy-to-use and affordable, helping HR professionals in the U.S. and Canada to expand their Internet recruiting strategies, reduce hiring costs, and shorten the recruiting cycle by automating and simplifying the entire recruiting process. Using Accpac eRecruiter, a company can customize an online career center to match their corporate Web site's look and feel, allowing applicants to easily view open positions, submit resumes, and complete applications online. An employee-only view of the career center supports companies' employee referral programs. Managers and recruiters can search the applicant and employee database for a variety of requisition-specific criteria, including degree, major, referral source, position desired, and skills.

Pricing and Availability

Sage Accpac HRMS is now available from authorized Sage Accpac and Sage Pro business partners starting at an SRP of $650 (USD), $815 (CDN). To locate a Sage Accpac or Pro business partner, call 1-800-945-8007, or visit www.sageaccpac.com, or www.sageproerp.com.

(1)Forrester Research, "The Forrester Wave™: Human Resource Management Systems, Q3 2006," September 2006, Paul Hamerman with Sharyn Leaver and Elisse Gaynor.

(2)Forrester Research, "The Sage Group is a Leading HR Management Systems Choice for SMBs," The Forrester Wave™ Vendor Summary, Q3 2006, September 2006, Paul Hamerman with Elisse Gaynor

(3)For its U.S. Midmarket HRMS Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluates vendors across a range of criteria and positions them in the Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, or Niche Players quadrant based on their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision.

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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