SOURCE: Sage Software

October 26, 2006 09:00 ET

The Sage Group plc Announces Global Partnership With MySQL AB

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today that its parent, UK-based The Sage Group plc, has signed a global agreement with MySQL AB which enables Sage to embed MySQL database technology into its worldwide product portfolio.

Sage intends to introduce MySQL into its small business range over the coming months as part of ongoing product development and upgrade activity. The MySQL database has become the world's most popular open source database because of its high performance and reliability, combined with a low footprint and ease of use. The introduction of MySQL will be led by the regional operating companies that make up The Sage Group as they progressively deploy the technology in their product ranges.

Chief Technology Officer of The Sage Group plc, Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, explains:

"Having made the decision to further improve the database technology that underpins our products, we chose MySQL as it proved to be the most powerful and versatile solution available. MySQL embraces an open source methodology which injects rigour and agility into the development process. This approach accelerates innovation, and has allowed MySQL to become an incredibly flexible technology.

"In addition, MySQL reduces overall cost of ownership as it is not dependent on one platform or stack, and it has low hardware requirements which keeps costs down for SMEs and gives our customers choice in how they use their Sage products in relation to operating systems and other applications."

Under the long-term agreement any Sage application can now use MySQL technology within clearly defined terms.

David Axmark, one of MySQL AB's co-founders, said, "It is an incredibly strong validation for MySQL to be selected as a database standard by Sage -- a clear business software leader. We look forward to working with Sage's operating companies to learn how their customers might benefit from MySQL."

The integration of this leading technology into Sage products will not involve any additional cost to the customer. As part of the MySQL integration into Sage products, upgrades will be designed to ensure smooth data migration from their existing Sage product.

About MySQL

MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company's flagship offering is 'MySQL Enterprise,' a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world's most popular open source database software, with over 10 million active installations. Many of the world's largest and fastest growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software -- including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden -- and operations around the world -- MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers' needs in a profitable, sustainable business. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

MySQL is a registered trademark of MySQL AB in the United States and other countries. Other product names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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 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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