Software helps optimize business management.

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Featuring scalable, 3-tier architecture, Sage PFW ERP 5.6 includes vendor status, customer status, and order hold features, and can provide visibility into customers' credit histories. Caption Hyperlinks function enables users to navigate file maintenance tables with single mouse click, while Increased Customer Address Field Sizes feature supports longer street and mailing addresses. Find Historical data option uses Templates to specify which information will be populated when pulling in record.

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Major New Release Adds Powerful New Features and Functionality to Award-Winning Business Management Solution

Irvine, Calif. - September 18, 2007 - Sage Software announced today the general availability of Sage PFW ERP 5.6, a major, new version of this leading business management system that features key, customer-focused enhancements within its core business management, distribution and manufacturing modules. Sage PFW 5.6 provides businesses with interface updates, efficiency enhancements, and performance optimizations that deliver a better, more intuitive user experience and demonstrate Sage Software's focus on providing products that meet the needs of its customers.

Sage PFW ERP is ideal for small and mid-sized companies with up to $150M in revenue, companies with subsidiaries outside the United States, as well as import/export companies, which can utilize the product's multi-currency capabilities. Sage PFW 5.6 features a scalable, three-tier architecture with tight security control, which delivers better productivity for users and improved overall system performance.

"The entire system is very user-friendly and intuitive, and the new process manufacturing features are ideal for our operations," said Robert O'Connor, MIS manager of Franklin Foods, a specialty cheese manufacturer in Enosburg Falls, VT, and beta user of Sage PFW 5.6. "The Caption Hyperlinks are very useful when a customer is on the phone with customer service. They can quickly jump right to another screen without having to minimize the current one. Plus, other features will help us eliminate data entry errors and allow for faster Order Entry."

Sage PFW 5.6 provides many new ways for small and mid-sized businesses to improve user efficiency, increase system performance, and better manage their business, including:

New Vendor Status, Customer Status, Order Hold Features
These new features will help business owners better manage the status of their vendors and customers, and reduce data entry errors. Version 5.6 also provides extensive visibility into customers' credit histories with its new credit tracking fields and calculation capabilities.

New User Efficiency Features
The new Caption Hyperlinks feature in version 5.6 is designed to maximize user efficiency by enabling users to quickly and easily navigate file maintenance tables with a single click of the mouse, saving valuable time and keystrokes when accessing information. The new Increased Customer Address Field Sizes feature easily supports longer street and mailing addresses, including international formats, and the newly added Find Historical data option saves even more time by using Templates to specify which information will be populated when pulling in a record.

Improved Overall System Performance
Sage PFW 5.6 works harder and smarter than previous versions. The new Data Optimization Utility optimizes data on all keypaths, rebuilding data and reducing file sizes to ensure optimal performance levels. Inventory Pro and MRP users can now optimize performance with the product's innovative three-tier architecture. Tasks that are processed remotely can also be scheduled to run during off-peak hours, saving time, eliminating server bottlenecks, and substantially enhancing overall system performance.

Better Auditing & Data Tracking
Several new and enhanced features in version 5.6 have been added to assist users with auditing and tracking data, including a new option to retain the original invoice number when reprinting an invoice, a new report that offers a true invoice reprint, enhanced integration to Pervasive® AuditMaster, improved Universal Notes & Attachments (also added to the Purchasing Pro and Order Entry Pro modules), and improvements to the Advanced Lookup Engine.

Microsoft® Vista(TM) Support
Sage PFW 5.6 will be certified on the new Microsoft operating system, supporting the Vista Business and Ultimate editions.1

Pricing and Availability
Sage PFW ERP 5.6 is available now through local, authorized Sage PFW business partners starting at an SRP of $10,000. For additional information, contact the Sage Software Sales Department at 800-477-5700, your local Sage PFW business partner, or visit

About Sage Software
Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 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 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-2378.

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