SOURCE: Sage Software

March 20, 2006 09:00 ET

Sage Software Offers Diverse Mobile Access Options for Number-One Selling ACT! by Sage Contact & Customer Management Solution

BlackBerry®, Palm OS®, Pocket PC and Web Access Methods Enable ACT! Capabilities Virtually Everywhere Millions of Users and Thousands of Corporate Customers Need

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Sage Software today detailed a diverse set of mobile and Web access options for use with the ACT! by Sage 2006 and ACT! by Sage Premium for Workgroups 2006 contact and customer management solutions, that enable ACT! functionality for use on handheld devices and remote access. Data synchronization and key ACT! features are available for individual and workgroup use with BlackBerry, Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices. Additionally, ACT! Premium for Web enables real-time Web access to centralized data that can be easily deployed for both remote and on-premises users.

Sage Software, last week, introduced ACT! for Palm OS 2006, its latest ACT! mobile solution (see separate 3/13/06 "ACT! for Palm OS 2006 Delivers Comprehensive Contact Management Functionality" press release for additional details).

"Many industry observers indicate that a significant portion of business professionals want their valuable customer data to be portable," explained Joe Bergera, ACT! senior vice president and general manager for Sage Software. "From individual entrepreneurs wearing many hats, to on-the-go professionals and sales teams, the need for anytime, everywhere customer information has become essential for building and maintaining strong business relationships. As such, we continue to fortify the ACT! product family with versatile handheld device and Web access options to help our customers succeed."

According to a "Mobile Application Adoption Leaps Forward" report published by Forrester Research (Aug. 2005), "companies are adopting mobile applications faster than planned because of advances in technology and increased competitive pressure." Forrester further notes that "mobility will continue to penetrate even deeper into business applications; and IT will start thinking of mobility not as a new and emerging technology, but as an integral part of the IT infrastructure."

An additional report "The Forrester Wave™: Midmarket Sales Force Automation, Q4 2005," Forrester Research, Inc. (Nov. 2005) indicates that over 27% of technology decision makers at U.S. small and mid-sized businesses begin by considering an ACT! by Sage solution when assessing their sales force automation needs.

ACT! "Everywhere" Users Need Critical Customer Information

A wide variety of mobile and Web access options are available for on-the-go professionals to synchronize ACT! data and enable ACT! functionality on handheld devices and from virtual office environments including:

ACT! for Palm OS -- operates as a native application on an individual's Palm OS handheld device to enable access, adding and updating of pre-defined and custom data fields(1), notes and history, activities, calendar information and sales opportunities.

HandHeld Contact for ACT! -- allows BlackBerry 7520™ handheld device users to access and manage complete ACT! databases remotely using a wireless synchronization subscription service from Sprint/Nextel.

ACT! Handheld Links -- ACT! 2006 and ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006 each include ACT! Link for Palm OS and ACT! Link for Pocket PC to synchronize data with many popular handheld devices.

ACT! Premium For Web -- customer-hosted deployment that enables remote, traveling and on-premise user access to real-time, centralized ACT! data via a Web browser.(2)

Terminal services/Citrix -- leverages existing IT infrastructure to allow users from different locations to access the same ACT! database without the need for VPN access.(3)

The ACT! by Sage family of contact and customer management solutions is available by phoning 888-855-5222 or by locating an ACT! Certified Consultant at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants.

ACT! by Sage

ACT! is the preferred choice of over 2.5 million registered users and more than 32,000 corporate customers to organize, access and manage their critical customer information. ACT! delivers powerful contact and customer management capabilities with flexible deployment options to help improve productivity and increase sales.

ACT! by Sage is part of Sage CRM Solutions, the only family of CRM products designed specifically for the needs of small and mid-sized businesses that also includes Sage CRM, SageCRM.com and Sage CRM SalesLogix. For more details, visit www.sagecrmsolutions.com or call 888-855-5222.

About Sage Software

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 www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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Important Note: ACT! for Palm OS does not enforce certain preferences and permissions defined in ACT!, including the "Allow history editing" preference, the "Allow notes editing" preference, the "Delete Records" user permission, and the "Allow editing" field definition. As a result, ACT! for Palm OS users may edit contact history, edit contact notes, delete records, and edit read-only fields and these changes will be reflected in ACT! after the next two-way synchronization.

(1) Certain field data types may not map to ACT! for Palm OS including memo and picture fields.

(2) To access ACT! Premium for Web 2006 data through an offline client requires licenses of both ACT! Premium for Web 2006 and ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2006.

(3) Citrix and Terminal Services require specific configurations. Citrix supported using Presentation Server V3.0 and V4.0.

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