24 May 2004 – Best Software completes integration of Sage ERP Accpac

Announces management changes and new general manager of Sage ERP Accpac business unit
Issued by: PR Connections

[Johannesburg, 24 May 2004] – Best Software, the leading provider of business management products and services, and its UK-based parent company, The Sage Group plc, today announced they have completed the integration of the recently acquired Pleasanton, California-based business management software vendor Sage ERP Accpac International, Inc.

Sage ERP Accpac will operate as a business unit of Best Software. Sage ERP Accpac President and CEO, David M Hood, will leave the company effective 30 June 2004 and Susan Sheridan has been promoted to the position of General Manager for the Sage ERP Accpac business unit.

“We have moved quickly and our partners and customers have already begun to realise benefits with the integration of the Sage ERP Accpac products into the Best Software family,” said Ron Verni, CEO of Best Software.

“We are excited to have Susan Sheridan as our general manager to help build Sage ERP Accpac as a very important business unit within Best Software. Although we’re extremely disappointed to see David leave, we fully understand that his talents as a seasoned CEO are providing him with new and exciting opportunities, and we wish him well.”

Since assuming leadership of Sage ERP Accpac in 1999, Hood led its geographical and product line expansion, completing eight acquisitions throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. In addition, he developed key strategic alliances with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat and SuSe Linux, ultimately transforming Sage ERP Accpac from an accounting software vendor into a leading global provider of end-to-end business management applications for small and medium-size businesses. An IPO was initiated by Hood, and filed with the SEC prior to the ultimate sale of Sage ERP Accpac to The Sage Group, plc on 8 March 2004.

The integration of Sage ERP Accpac helps strengthen the overall Best Software portfolio. The Sage ERP Accpac Simply Accounting product line will report to Best Software’s small business division, and the Sage ERP Accpac mid-market business will report to Sheridan, as part of the company’s mid-market division. Sage ERP Accpac will also bring worldwide benefits to the Sage Group plc, enhancing its business in Australia and SA, and providing an entry into Asia with a strong position in Singapore. In addition, Sage ERP Accpac’s CRM business will report on an interim basis to Ron Verni and will be integral components of an entire line of customers and contact management and CRM products that also includes ACT! and SalesLogix.

Sheridan has previously been the senior vice-president of marketing at Sage ERP Accpac, where her responsibilities focused on the complete marketing arena, including product marketing, channel marketing, business development, Web services and customer care. Sheridan joined Sage ERP Accpac in July 2000 upon Sage ERP Accpac’s acquisition of SBT Accounting Systems, where she was executive vice-president. She previously worked at Autodesk, where she served as marketing director and in product and channel-marketing positions. Her background includes building and selling her own marketing agency, and stints at hardware and software companies, including Microsoft.

Best Software will roll-out its new product and technology vision at the Insights 2004 conference which will bring together business partners representing all Best Software products and services from Abra, ACT!, Sage ERP Accpac, Peachtree and MAS 90, to MIP, SalesLogix, Simply Accounting, BusinessVision, and Timberline Office.

Best Software, Inc

Best Software offers leading business management products and services that give more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized customers in North America the insight for success throughout the lives of their businesses. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports more than 4.3 million customers worldwide. Its first half revenue run rate was the equivalent of over $1 billion on annual revenues. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customisable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, Sage ERP Accpac, ACT!, BusinessVision, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, Timberline, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

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