SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

June 24, 2008 09:00 ET

Sage Software Offers Small & Medium-Sized Businesses More Efficiency, Higher Productivity Gains With Sage Pro ERP Version 7.5

Latest Version Offers Easier Access to Key Business Information, New Business Productivity Tools, Sage Payment Solutions Integration, and Improved Manufacturing Modules

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Sage Software announced today the launch of Sage Pro ERP 7.5, the latest version of the company's award-winning business management solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that demand a high degree of customization and flexibility in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Version 7.5 includes many user-requested features, providing new tools to improve business productivity and provide easier access to critical business information. Expanded drilldowns in reports are now available, with more customer and vendor maintenance access added to an updated dashboard. Integration with Sage Payment Solutions is also now offered for easy, more efficient handling of customers' credit card payments. The manufacturing modules in Sage Pro ERP 7.5 have been simplified to make them more user-friendly, with new time-saving features that can further help increase productivity.

"Sage Pro ERP 7.5 continues this product's heritage of serving the needs of SMBs who have unique requirements that demand a customizable ERP system," said Sam Hunter, Sage Software senior vice president and general manager. "This new version offers additional tools and enhancements to help these businesses operate even more efficiently and further maximize their productivity -- it's a very flexible and customizable system available at a very attractive price point."

Sage Pro ERP is a powerful, highly customizable business management solution that features modifiable source code (200 edition), a scalable architecture, choice of operating systems (Microsoft® Windows® or Linux®), and a complete set of optional, integrated manufacturing modules, plus integration with other Sage Software end-to-end business management applications and services, including customer relationship management (CRM), human resources, fixed asset management, warehouse management, payment processing, and various 3rd party vertical solutions offered by authorized Sage Pro ERP Development Partners.

"Sage Pro ERP 7.5 is better and more user-friendly than ever," said Brady Preheim of Preheim Computers, a Sage Pro ERP business partner located in Scappoose, OR. "The new integration with Sage Payment Solutions is great. Sage Payment Solutions is easier to set up and simpler to use than other payment processing systems we've previously implemented. We're also impressed with the custom drilldowns available in almost every field. Sage Pro ERP 7.5 is a substantial upgrade that both existing and new clients should seriously consider."

Simpler Access to Key Business Information

Sage Pro ERP 7.5 offers a much simpler and more user-friendly drilldown process to help users operate more efficiently. Drilldown options are now available from more reports, with new access to Invoices, Purchase Orders, and Sales Orders. For maximum customization, users can also tie custom drilldowns to reports, giving them access to key information.

Users can now remotely manage their customers and vendors using an improved dashboard tool that offers anytime access to customer and vendor files via users' Internet connections. The enhanced dashboard can perform any of the newly available customer- or vendor-related inquiries, such as Payments, Receivables, Invoices, and Orders.

New Business Productivity Tools

Sage Pro ERP 7.5 also offers a host of new business productivity tools to help users further maximize efficiency and improve their customer service, including a Landed Cost feature for more accurate inventory valuation of imported goods; Job Cost Integration with the Manufacturing modules; seamless integration between Sage Pro Credit Card Processing and Sage Payment Solutions Gateway for easier, more efficient handling of customers' credit card payments that eliminates duplicate data entry and the need to reconcile separate systems, and; improved program File Security with the ability to restrict access by user to specific program files, providing greater security of business application files for customers that are governed by Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

Improved Manufacturing Modules

New enhancements in the Manufacturing modules for Sage Pro ERP 7.5 have been added to more easily manage the manufacturing process, including a Work-In-Process Release to General Ledger feature that helps maintain accurate inventory counts within the Sage Pro system; Easy-to-use Wizard functionality added to several Work Order processing functions that simplifies overall processing by reducing required keystrokes and the learning curve for new employees, and; Master Production Scheduling that features easy to update, drag-and-drop interactive scheduling, and Work Order priority ranking to better and more quickly schedule orders for priority customers, and help simplify 'what-if' analysis.

Pricing and Availability

Available in two editions, 100 and 200, Sage Pro ERP 7.5 is now available from authorized Sage Pro business partners starting at SRPs of $995 per module/$1,195 per user for Sage Pro 100 ERP, and $1,995 per module/$1,295 per user for Sage Pro 200 ERP (all figures USD). To locate a Sage Pro business partner, call 866-859-2378, or visit www.sageproerp.com.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.9 million small and medium-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 global supplier of business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage Group now has 5.7 million customers and employs over 14,800 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagesoftware.com or call (866) 308-2378.

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