SOURCE: Sage Software

September 19, 2006 13:00 ET

Sage Software Starts Shipping Sage Master Builder Version 12 With New Reporting Capabilities and Improved Licensing Process

First Release of Master Builder Since Product Was Acquired From Intuit® in May 2006 Paves Way for Continued Enhancements

BEAVERTON, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today the availability of Sage Master Builder Version 12, with new reporting capabilities via an Executive Dashboard that now gives business owners the ability to quickly check the overall health of their company at a glance, with instant access to information such as cash balance, cash position, job status and change orders. The new version also offers an improved, faster licensing process.

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.

Since acquiring the product from Intuit in May 2006, Sage Software has re-engineered Master Builder to maintain all of its historical, rich features and functionality, while improving performance and adding a new key reporting tool that fulfills a long-standing request of existing clients.

"This release paves the way for us to continue to add value to the latest addition to our portfolio of market-leading products for the construction and real estate industries, immediately improving our Master Builder clients' return on investment," said John Geffel, Sage Software senior vice president and general manager, Construction and Real Estate division.

Highlights of Sage Master Builder Version 12 include:

--  The Executive Dashboard: Senior company management can check the
    overall health of their business at a glance with instant access to
    information from a single location, including business metrics such as cash
    balance, cash position, company profitability, job status and change
    orders. Once an executive identifies something on the dashboard they want
    to understand and investigate further, they can quickly and easily drill
    down for more details directly from the dashboard.
    
--  Improved licensing: Version 12 maintains the benefits of concurrent
    use licensing, but now makes the process faster.  The new method allows
    customers to change users or add users quickly and easily.
    
Availability

Sage Master Builder Version 12 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.

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.

Sage Software has helped an unprecedented nine clients win Constructech magazine "Vision Awards" for 2006, also garnering nine enabler awards and a "Gold Team" award and was recently chosen as one of Constructech magazine's "Hottest Companies of the Year" for a second consecutive year. CPA Magazine has also named Sage Timberline Office and Sage Master Builder as two of its Top 5 Construction software programs for 2006.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.6 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 accounting practices and 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 to mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.0 million customers and employs over 10,500 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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