SOURCE: Sage Software

October 05, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Now Processing Outsourced Payrolls for Mid-Market Sage Payroll Services Customers

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 5, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced it has begun processing outsourced payrolls for mid-market companies and organizations using Sage Payroll Services. Previously announced at Insights 2005 in May, Sage Payroll Services handles even the most complex payroll needs with 24/7 access and real-time reporting on demand, and costs significantly less than similar outsourced payroll offerings from such vendors as ADP and Paychex. The service is built on a true Web-native architecture and offered within the framework of Sage Online Services, which also includes Sage Compliance Services for employer tax compliance and SageCRM.com for hosted customer relationship management (CRM).

"With Sage Payroll Services, we provide small and mid-sized businesses affordable, online outsourced payroll without hidden costs and hassles," said Rick Valentine, vice president and general manager of Sage Payroll and Compliance Services at Sage Software. "Ours is a full-service offering with simple pricing that provides everything companies expect from an outsourced payroll service, backed up with a worry-free guarantee."

To date, 200 Sage Software business partners have been trained and certified to work closely with Sage Software's in-house Sage Payroll Services team to ensure customer success, refer Sage Payroll Services, and serve in an account management role after implementation.

"Having used and supported numerous HR/payroll systems for about 15 years, I can confidently say Sage Payroll Services is one of the most logical, efficient solutions to payroll processing, especially for businesses with limited staff," said Susan McKibbon, a consultant with BST Group in Eden Prairie, Minn., a Sage Software business partner since 2000. "Most outsourcing services offer 'all or nothing' processing, meaning they take control of the payroll information and charge for every requested change or update. That is not the case with Sage Payroll Services. It is responsive and inclusive, which is exactly what small and mid-sized businesses want."

Keith German, manager of business development at Ziegner Technologies, a Sage Software business partner who has focused on Sage nonprofit solutions since 1994, said, "In the nonprofit community, where funding and staff resources are tight, many organizations view outsourcing payroll as a viable option so they can concentrate on programs and development, not administration. As a result, we have a large existing customer base using other payroll service providers. Now we can offer them a fully integrated solution, with extensive product development and support resources, from one vendor."

Sage Payroll Services include several editions that provide integration with on-premises Sage Software and other products. Sage Payroll Services - Abra Edition integrates with Sage Abra HRMS (human resource management system). Sage Payroll Services - MAS Edition integrates with the company's Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 accounting products. Sage Payroll Services - Peachtree Edition integrates with the company's Peachtree by Sage accounting products. A stand-alone Sage Payroll Services offering can be used in conjunction with any in-house accounting system.

In addition to providing tight integration to both installed Sage Software accounting and HRMS systems, as well as support from local business partners, Sage Payroll Services is available 24x7, offering total tax and payroll compliance, real-time, instantaneous reports, direct deposit for an unlimited number of employee accounts, on-demand check printing from the desktop, and remote check and W-2 printing and delivery. Sage Payroll Services requires nothing more technical from small and mid-sized businesses than an Internet connection.

Added McKibbon, "It makes sense for Sage Software to assume responsibility for all the 'hard work,' such as processing, taxes and mandatory reporting, and for the client to have full access to their data for look-up and reporting. I also like that Sage Payroll Services is interactive. The client is always aware of the process. They can jump in to review their gross-to-net calculations before they are processed and print their own checks, so it is never as though they have completely handed over one of the most important financial functions in their organization. Yet, they have the peace of mind that crucial deadlines are being met and taxes are getting paid."

Sage Payroll Services Abra Edition, Sage Payroll Services MAS Edition, and the stand-alone Sage Payroll Services can be ordered and implemented now by calling an authorized Sage Software Business Partner or (727) 579-1111, ext.5603. Peachtree Payroll Services can be ordered and implemented now by calling 800-573-3750.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.5 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 www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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