SOURCE: Sage Software

February 19, 2007 13:10 ET

Sage Software Recognized as Outstanding Vendor for Work With Global Construction Leader Skanska

Sage Timberline Office Estimating Products and Sage Software Partner Eos Help Skanska Improve Job Site Efficiency

BEAVERTON, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 19, 2007 -- Sage Software announced today that it has received a prestigious "Vendor of the Year" award from Skanska USA Building Inc. Skanska is annually ranked among the top construction firms in the world.

Also recognized at Skanska's annual construction industry summit held in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 8th, was Eos Group, a software development and consulting firm and Sage Software business and development partner that provides enterprise-scale estimating implementation and professional services to some of the largest Sage Timberline Office estimating customers through the Sage Software Premier Accounts program. This program is designed for top Construction and Engineering companies, Fortune 1000 clients and Public Agencies.

Skanska selected Sage Software and Eos Group because of the true partnership it felt with each of them, creating work that benefited all parties.

"We asked a lot of these vendors, but also told them to have some fun with the way they approached their projects," said Skanska Chief Information Officer Chris Stockley. "The result was some truly remarkable collaboration that sets the standard for productive partnerships."

In honoring Sage Software and Eos Group, Stockley noted that the companies have shown a commitment to helping change the way Skanska works, helping to create innovative systems that have changed everything from Skanska's back office business management processes to improving job site efficiency.

Specifically, Sage Timberline Office construction suite estimating solutions have been used to create a custom database, assemblies and models that have made the entire estimating process more efficient than ever before, said Ray Miller, vice president of preconstruction for Skanska. He credits Eos Group with facilitating an implementation that has been widely embraced across the company. The ability to break down projects by WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) codes has also been very useful for providing relevant reports to clients and design partners.

Skanska now uses Sage Timberline Office estimating on the majority of estimates that it completes, including several very large hospital projects such as the Shands at University of Florida Cancer Hospital, Miller said.

"Our strategic alliance with the Eos Group has allowed us to deliver optimum estimating solutions that give our customers a true competitive advantage," said John Geffel, Sage Software senior vice president and general manager, Construction and Real Estate Solutions. "The key is an effective combination of our industry-leading estimating products combined with best practice processes, efficient implementation and an award-winning training program."

Skanska also uses Sage SalesLogix CRM suite which delivers easy-to-use and integrated sales, marketing, customer service and support automation solutions that can be tailored to an organization's unique customer acquisition, retention and development processes.

"Today's fast-moving market is made possible through effective and mutually beneficial partnerships," Stockley said. "Skanska's business depends on these partner companies and relies on the dedication of individuals at each of them. While we strive for excellence in all our partnerships, exceptional work should be recognized."

Sage Software has a growing portfolio of business management solutions specifically tailored for the construction and real estate industries. The portfolio is designed to provide support through the growth cycle of a business and includes:

Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting for Construction: For small contractors, this award-winning entry-level system offers all of the accounting functionality plus construction-specific features and analysis tools they need to get started.

Sage Master Builder: When a business starts to outgrow Peachtree, Sage Master Builder provides more sophisticated construction management features and increased support for managing the profit cycle.

Sage Timberline Office: For medium to large companies, Sage Timberline Office offers integrated financial and operations software and provides the most sophisticated level of functionality in the Sage Software portfolio of construction solutions.

About Sage Software

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 or call (866) 308-2378.

About Skanska

Skanska USA Building Inc. is a leading national and local provider of construction, pre-construction consulting, general contracting and design-build services to a broad range of U.S. industries including life sciences, healthcare, education, high-tech, aviation, transportation and sports and entertainment. Skanska USA Building also provides pharmaceutical validation services to clients. The company, part of the Skanska AB global group of companies, is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, and has approximately 4,100 employees.

Skanska is one of the world's leading construction groups with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. The Group currently has 54,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe, in the U.S. and Latin America. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Skanska's sales in 2005 totaled $17 billion.

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