SOURCE: Sage Software

March 19, 2007 08:55 ET

Sage Software Partner Advantage Program Repeats Five-Star Certification From VARBusiness Magazine

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- Sage Software was recognized today by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as having one of North America's top information-technology (IT) vendor partnership programs for solution providers. Sage Software is certified as a Five-Star Partner for 2007, acknowledging the strength of its programs for IT integrators, resellers and consultants. Of the more than 250 vendor-program entries reviewed, Sage Software was one of just 65 companies receiving the coveted five-star rating in the magazine's annual Partner Programs Guide survey. The guide is published in the March 19, 2007 issue of VARBusiness.

"We applaud vendors like Sage Software for demonstrating best practices, and for the leadership roles they have achieved within the IT distribution channel," said VARBusiness Editor Lawrence M. Walsh.

"Sage Software offers its Business Partners a unique combination of products and services that not only sets us apart in the market, but helps to ensure our Business Partners are able to stand out as well," said Taylor Macdonald, Sage Software executive vice president, Channel and Sales Operations. "With our broad product set and focused programs for building strong partner organizations, we offer the award-winning support to help create partner success."

The Sage Software Partner Advantage Program supports solution providers who are focused on offering end-to-end business management solutions to their small and mid-sized business customers. The program offers unique elements such as marketing advisors, mentoring programs, project management training, hiring assistance and other support designed to help Sage Business Partners build and sustain successful businesses.

The Sage Software Partner Advantage Program and Sage channel executives have a history of industry recognition. The Sage Software Partner Advantage Program received a Five-Star program award from VARBusiness in 2006, while the highly popular 100/100 Program, which helps Sage Software Business Partners qualify, hire and train effective sales representatives, received the 2006 Software Industry Award for "Best Partnering Initiative." Macdonald himself, who drives the company's mid-market Business Partner programs, has previously been recognized for his initiatives by the American Business Awards (2005), by VARBusiness as one of the industry's top channel executives (2005-2007), and by CRN as one of technology's top channel chiefs (2005-2007).

Solution providers interested in more information about Sage Software's Partner Advantage Program can call 800-942-7108 or e-mail newpartner@sage.com.

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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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