SOURCE: Sage Software

July 11, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Reports Record 30,000 Corporate Accounts for ACT! Contact and Customer Management Solutions

Sales Team and Corporate Workgroup Demand for Online, Offline and Mobile Capabilities Propels ACT! Over 30,000 Corporate Accounts, Significantly Outpacing Market Alternatives

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- Sage Software today announced that more than 30,000 corporate accounts have selected its ACT! contact and customer management product in a five-year period ended March 31st 2005. The latest ACT! corporate account figure nearly doubles the 15,500 corporate account total currently listed by salesforce.com.(1) Sage Software attributes its significant advantage over market alternatives in part to strong adoption of ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005, released August 24th 2004, to enable powerful collaboration tools for sales teams and corporate workgroups. ACT! Premium for Web 2005, released June 28th 2005, further extends this functionality while offering users seamless online/offline access to centralized and secure data.

"We have seen especially strong adoption of ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005 since introducing the product late last year," said Joe Bergera, senior vice president and general manager for Sage Software Contact Management Solutions. "This momentum has helped to drive the addition of over 14,000 new corporate accounts in less than two years. Our easy-to-use feature set, expanding mobility options, low total cost of ownership, and expert certified consultant network all combine to make ACT! the true market leader."

ACT! created the contact and customer management software category in 1987 and today is the preferred choice of over 2.3 million users to organize, access and manage their comprehensive customer details in a single, integrated solution.

Powerful toolset helps workgroups improve productivity and increase sales

The feature-rich ACT! toolset allows professionals, sales teams and corporate workgroups to:

--  Work with easy-to-use and time-tested features that can be customized
    for individual and industry-specific preferences;
    
--  Increase productivity by efficiently managing appointments,
    activities, documents, customer communications and campaigns and
    notes/histories;
    
--  Improve bottom-line results by automating and customizing key aspects
    of the sales cycle to provide better forecasting and opportunity tracking;
    
--  Access data quickly using keyword searches, detailed views and list
    sorting;
    
--  Organize data efficiently using group, sub-group and company
    categories;
    
--  Collaborate with team members using Web or Windows permission-based
    access to customer information, team calendars and company resources.
    
ACT! by Sage Software

Sage Software offers three versions of its market-leading ACT! 2005 contact and customer manager.

ACT! 2005 - for individuals and small teams of up to ten users, available at popular software retailers, e-tailers and direct resellers or by contacting Sage Software at 877-ACT-2005 or www.act.com/estore ($229.99 MSRP, upgrade $149.95 MSRP)

ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005 - for workgroups of up to 50 users(2) available by contacting ACT! Corporate Licensing at 888-855-5222 and from more than 400 ACT! Certified Consultants located at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants ($399.99 MSRP, upgrade $259.95 MSRP)

ACT! Premium for Web 2005 - available as a standalone solution or in combination with ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005 to enable seamless online/offline access to centralized data by contacting ACT! Corporate Licensing at 888-855-5222 and from more than 400 ACT! Certified Consultants located at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants ($399.99 MSRP, upgrade $259.95 MSRP)

ACT! 2005 and ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005 each include ACT! Link for Peachtree providing users with the option to view and update accounting data within ACT!, as well as ACT! Link for Palm and ACT! Link for Pocket PC so users can synchronize data with many popular handheld devices. ACT! Premium for Web 2005 users can enable ACT! Link features using a combined solution that includes ACT! Premium for Workgroups 2005.

Handheld Contact™, an ACT! add-on solution for BlackBerry® 7520™ users, is available as a $19.95 monthly service and is featured, along with over 30 additional ACT! add-on products, at www.actsolutions.com.

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 www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

(1) Based on customer figures published May 18, 2005 by Salesforce.com

(2) Actual number of users supported will vary based on the size and usage of the database.

© 2005 Sage Software SB, Inc. All rights reserved. ACT! and Peachtree are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sage Software SB, Inc. All other brands are trademarks of their respective companies.

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