Integrated Sage Software Business Mgmt Suite Helps PeopleCube Manage Aggressive Growth Strategy


Human Process Management solutions provider leverages Sage Software end-to-end functionality and quick learning curve to generate sales forecasting and account management efficiencies

Scottsdale, Ariz. - December 13, 2006 - Sage Software announced today that PeopleCube, the leader in on-demand Human Process Management solutions, is using an integrated SageCRM (customer relationship management)/Sage Accpac ERP (enterprise resource planning)/Sage Accpac Insight system to provide sales forecasting and customer account visibility for its employees located throughout the U.S. and Europe. PeopleCube has achieved significant time and resource reduction in sales forecast and account status reporting since implementing their integrated Sage Software system this past July.

"Using our integrated Sage Software business management system, we can gather information for our monthly sales forecasts in a few minutes as opposed to the previous eight or more hours," said Rick Boyink, PeopleCube vice president for North American sales. "From there, running a variety of reports is similarly just a matter of minutes. The automation our Sage system provides has replaced the manual number crunching that was necessary with our former system."

PeopleCube has experienced exponential revenue growth over each of the past three years through organic development and four successful acquisitions. With thousands of leads in an aging database, the company earlier this year decided to evaluate business management solutions. PeopleCube, itself a provider of hosted services, expected that it would deploy a hosted CRM system. The company evaluated a variety of hosted CRM offerings and found that SageCRM.com's on-premises implementation option would be most beneficial for its business operations.

"SageCRM offered us a choice of deployment options," continued Boyink. "The system's open API's led us to a blueprint for tightly integrating the on-premises version of SageCRM with Sage Accpac ERP to also obtain the improved accounting capabilities we were seeking at the time. We have traditionally captured customer information from our Web portal and fed it into our master sales database. The hosted environment does not support our sophisticated method of data capture and transfer, but a SageCRM customization achieved this easily."

PeopleCube chose Times Business Solutions of Tucson, Arizona, a Sage Software business partner, to help implement both systems. PeopleCube had planned for two weeks of reduced productivity while the systems were being installed but Times Business Solutions and PeopleCube IT staff completed the project over the Fourth of July weekend. PeopleCube also found that the integrated system's ease of use allowed training to be conducted in house. Boyink, for example, provided SageCRM training for sales representatives in weekly 20 minute segments during an eight week period.

Using the integrated SageCRM/Sage Accpac ERP system also allows PeopleCube employees to eliminate double entry of order information and provides the ability to handle multicurrency transactions, schedule reccurring transactions and track account information efficiently and accurately using the Sage Accpac Insight reporting tool, another Sage Software end-to-end business management application that integrates with Sage Accpac ERP.

"PeopleCube was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the power and ease of deploying an 'end-to-end' Sage Software business management solution," said Patricia Tronstad, Times Business Solutions president. "The company's growing business and sales processes required systems that could grow with them, and an implementation schedule that would minimize impact on daily operations. PeopleCube's involvement was integral in the roll-out of the applications across their multi-national departments. We were able to assist their knowledgeable IT staff with our business process insights, resulting in the company's effective transition from their previous system."

SageCRM
SageCRM 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. SageCRM provides flexible deployment options and is available as an on-demand CRM solution at SageCRM.com, or as an on-premises CRM system. SageCRM also includes a remote data synchronization client and support for wireless devices.

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

Sage Accpac ERP
Sage Accpac ERP is an advanced, Web-enabled accounting, business management and enterprise resource planning solution that is the foundation for integrated, end-to-end business management applications, including customer relationship management (CRM), point-of-sale (POS), human resources (HR), and warehouse management, among others. It can be deployed either on premises, or hosted online at www.accpaconline.com.

Sage Accpac ERP can be run on both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, including the ability to run Linux and Windows clients in parallel against the same database. Sage Accpac ERP also continues to provide small enterprises with the freedom to choose from a variety of industry leading databases, including IBM® DB2® (a 3-user DB2 license is included free of charge with a license of Sage Accpac ERP), Pervasive.SQL®, Oracle®, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Sage Accpac Insight
Sage Accpac Insight is an enterprise-wide reporting, budgeting, and consolidations application, ideal for employees in remote offices and disparate departments who need to manage, distribute, and collaborate from a single, unified source. It allows you to quickly capture and integrate information into meaningful reports and securely distribute them across your entire enterprise on demand.

Sage Accpac Insight enhances a company's business intelligence with sophisticated, customizable budgets, analytics, and reports.

About PeopleCube
PeopleCube is a privately held corporation headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. The company's modular Human Process Management solutions are in use by over 11 million users at more than 7,500 companies worldwide to mediate the people, process scheduling and resource demands that exist within every enterprise. PeopleCube's HPM solutions support a range of small businesses to large enterprises across all industries. For more information, please visit www.peoplecube.com or call (800) 282-7319.

About Times Business Solutions
Times Business Solutions is a Tucson-based end-to-end Sage Software product suite provider. With nearly a decade of serving small and medium-sized businesses, Times Business Solutions offers full consulting services from lead generation to post-sale support. For more information, please visit times-biz.com or call (800) 930-5448.

About Sage Software
Sage Software supports the needs, challenges, and dreams of more than 2.7 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 5.2 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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