SOURCE: Sage Software

July 20, 2005 16:00 ET

Sage Software Receives Top Industry Awards for Company Advancements, Innovations in Commercial Construction and Manufacturing Software

"Technology and Automation's Hottest Award" and "Hottest Company of the Year" Honors Underscore Company's Vertical Market Initiatives

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 20, 2005 -- Sage Software (formerly Best Software) announced today that it has been named a recipient of a "Technology and Automation's Hottest Award" by Constructech Commercial, a trade magazine for construction professionals, and a winner of a "Hottest Company of the Year" Award by Start magazine, a trade publication for manufacturing executives.

The recognition highlights Sage Software's product advancements and underscores the company's vertical market initiative, an ongoing commitment to meet customers' industry-specific needs through product innovations, integration, and a migration strategy that encourages customers for life.

Constructech Commercial magazine editors selected winners of the Technology and Automation's Hottest Awards based on the recipient's innovative solutions, company strengths, and uniqueness within the industry.

Led by its Sage Timberline Office product suite, Sage Software's commercial construction focus is backed by nearly 35 years of experience. Sage Timberline Office was the first solution to offer a fully integrated approach to accommodate the entire building lifecycle, from concept and estimate, to construction, and on through to occupancy and maintenance. Furthering its construction vertical market strengths, Sage Software has also introduced Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting 2006 for Construction for small businesses.

For manufacturing, Start magazine editors emphasized product innovation, versatility, and company performance in announcing their selections for Hottest Companies of the Year. Sage Software was selected from nearly 100 entrants.

Sage Software has offered industry-leading business applications for manufacturing and distribution for more than 25 years. The company markets a variety of vertical solutions for midmarket discrete and mixed-mode manufacturers including Sage MAS 90 ERP, Sage MAS 200 ERP, Sage MAS 500 ERP, Sage Accpac ERP, Sage Pro ERP, and more. Sage PFW 100 ERP is ideal for process manufacturers, and the company recently introduced Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting 2006 for Manufacturing, which integrates specialized production functions with accounting for small businesses.

In addition to construction and manufacturing, Sage Software's "best fit" focus for vertical industry needs also includes products for distribution, real estate, nonprofit, and accounting practices. Businesses can begin with a recommended core accounting package and select additional Sage Software applications such as CRM, HR, fixed asset management and others as their business needs dictate. As their businesses grow, they have a clear migration path to more robust applications within their industry.

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About Specialty Publishing Co. -- Constructech Commercial and Start magazines

Constructech Commercial provides an intimate view of the technology and automation solutions that are shaping the commercial construction space. With a specialized focus on the needs of the construction industry, Constructech Commercial is the one source for technology solutions in this space. Start magazine focuses on the greater business issues that can be solved for manufacturing executives through technology. For our editors, that means finding a balance between the technology issues and the business management issues facing manufacturers today. Top executives have come to rely on Start for sound technological advice coupled with solid coverage of the financial, political, and management news shaping American manufacturing. Based in Carol Stream, Ill., Specialty Publishing Company publishes Constructech Commercial and Residential, Start magazine, and M2M magazine.;

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 or call (866) 308-2378.

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