SOURCE: Sage Software

May 02, 2006 09:00 ET

SageCRM.com Wins Network Computing's Well-Connected Award for On-Demand CRM Over Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Microsoft and Others

Hosted Sage Software CRM Solution Continues to Outpace Competitive Alternatives With Its Full-Service, Customizable and Affordable Offering

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today that CMP Media LLC's Network Computing magazine has awarded SageCRM.com with its 2006 Well-Connected Award for On-Demand CRM Service in its Enterprise Applications category. The Well-Connected award honors outstanding technology products featured in head-to-head product evaluations conducted by the publication during the past year, and builds upon SageCRM.com being named its Editor's Choice in a hosted CRM comparison over Salesforce.com, Microsoft, NetSuite, RightNow Technologies and Entellium Corporation.

"SageCRM.com offers full-service CRM at a competitive price," noted Lori MacVitte, Senior Technology Editor for CMP Media LLC's Network Computing, in the publication's May issue. "Customizing Sage CRM was a breeze. Integration via Web services rounded out this well-connected hosted solution, and the graphical workflow-design environment will encourage business managers to take control of their own processes."

Sage CRM was first to market (August 2003) with a CRM solution that allows organizations to choose either an on-demand or on-premises deployment and provides the ability to migrate between them in order to accommodate an organization's changing business needs and IT resource constraints.

"The Well-Connected Awards are unique because they're the only industry awards given by technologists based on real-world use and integration. We view all products, technologies and services from the same perspective as our readers -- our peers -- do," said John Siefert, Publisher of Network Computing. "This is an important distinction from any other award program -- the products selected in the Well-Connected Awards have been tested in an actual business environment and judged by our editors themselves. They are truly innovative solutions that work, and we have the metrics to prove it."

Sage CRM / SageCRM.com

Sage CRM is an easy to use and feature-rich CRM solution that integrates vital sales, marketing and customer support information for small and mid-sized businesses. Sage CRM provides flexible deployment options and is available as an on-demand CRM solution at SageCRM.com, or as an on-premises CRM system, providing users the freedom to choose a CRM system deployed the way they want it. Sage CRM also includes a remote data synchronization client and support for wireless devices.

A special Sage Accpac CRM edition enables bi-directional front- and back-office integration with the award-winning Sage Accpac ERP accounting and business management solutions.

Sage CRM is available for $595 per user for on-premises licensing and $69 per user per month for on-demand SageCRM.com deployment. Sage CRM offers another industry-first rent-to-own investment protection guarantee that returns 50% of a customer's first year on-demand subscription fees if they move to an on-premises Sage Software CRM Solution including Sage CRM or Sage CRM SalesLogix.

Sage CRM and SageCRM.com are part of Sage CRM Solutions, the only family of CRM products designed specifically for the needs of small and mid-sized businesses that also includes ACT! by Sage and Sage CRM SalesLogix. For more details, visit www.sagecrmsolutions.com or call (800) 643-6400.

About Network Computing

Network Computing is the trusted information source which helps 220,000 Technology Leaders turn business strategy into reality. The editorial team consists of real-world IT veterans who provide objective information and analysis on technologies and solutions that are tested in IT media's only Real-World Labs -- a setting which mirrors our audience's work environment. Network Computing's critical analysis of market solutions and their impact on an organization is infused in every aspect of the brand, from the award-winning publication and networkcomputing.com, to NWCReports.com, and the events such as the Expert Series Tour and Technology Leader Forum. Network Computing is consistently honored for its editorial excellence, garnering accolades from the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE), as well as winning Maggie Awards from Western Publications Association and folio magazine's Ozzie Awards.

About Sage Software

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.5 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE.L), supports 4.7 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.

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