SOURCE: Sage Software

August 17, 2007 14:57 ET

Sage Software Releases Sage Master Builder Version 13 With Improved Visibility Into Critical Business Data

Latest Version Also Adds Microsoft Vista Compatibility

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - August 17, 2007) - Sage Software announced today the availability of Sage Master Builder Version 13, with a new capability to drill-down multiple levels from reports. This new feature will help construction companies improve productivity with point-and-click real-time visibility into their financial and operations details giving them a competitive advantage in the market.

Sage Master Builder is an award-winning, fully integrated construction business management solution that links key areas of a construction company's business: estimating, production/project management, accounting, analysis and reporting into one integrated process.

This is only the latest in a series of significant upgrades and additions to the product since Sage Software acquired it last year. In 2006, Sage Software released Version 12, which was re-engineered to maintain all of its historical rich features and functionality while improving performance. Also at that time Sage added the Executive Dashboard, a new reporting tool that fulfilled a long-standing request of existing clients. Version 13 takes that reporting to a new level.

"Sage Master Builder Version 13 is one of the most beneficial and time saving upgrades ever! We have been using Sage Master Builder just shy of 10 years. We are extremely pleased with the drill-down and enhanced email features," said Jim Cobb, Project Manager for Allegheny Industries, a Maryland-based construction company. "The drill-down feature is a tremendous time saver, improving our efficiency and enhancing accuracy."

"Knowledge is power," said John Geffel, Sage Software senior vice president and general manager, Construction and Real Estate division. "Sage Master Builder's new reporting tools make it a dynamic information portal, giving construction businesses unprecedented visibility into their processes that can lead to real productivity gains."

Highlights of Sage Master Builder Version 13 include:

--  Point-and-click drill-down reporting - Just like the Executive
    Dashboard (released in Version 12) users can drill-down multiple levels to
    record and view transaction detail with new, powerful report drill-down
    capability.  More than 1,000 pre-built reports, as well as custom reports,
    become dynamic information portals, allowing users to navigate to the
    numbers and background detail behind the scene.  With the proper security
    permissions, users can also update the information in real time for
    accurate up-to-the minute analysis.
--  Microsoft Windows Vista Business operating system compatibility - Sage
    Master Builder Version 13 is compatible with Microsoft's Windows Vista
    Business operating system, so customers can plan PC upgrades with the
    assurance that their industry-leading construction solution will grow with
    their business and technical requirements.
--  E-mail enhancements - Authentication, tracking, prioritization and
    read receipt features improve customer communication and responsiveness.
    

Availability

Sage Master Builder Version 13 is now available from authorized Sage Master Builder business partners. For pricing and to locate a Sage Master Builder business partner, call 1-800 628-6583 or log on to www.sagemasterbuilder.com.

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 -- estimating, production, accounting and analysis.

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.

All products are backed by Sage Software's award-winning support organization.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.8 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 5.4 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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