Business Objects and Sage Software Expand Relationship With New OEM Agreement

Sage Software to Embed and Resell Crystal Reports as Part of Its Business Management Solutions for Small to Medium-Sized Organizations Irvine, Calif. – February 7, 2006 – Business Objects (Nasdaq: BOBJ; Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 – BOB) and Sage Software (formerly Best Software) today announced they have signed an agreement that extends and
expands their relationship. This new agreement enables Sage Software to embed and resell Crystal ReportsR as part of its leading business management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, Sage Software has the option to resell Crystal Reports Server XI as an add-on solution. Crystal Reports Server XI is a packaged reporting solution that includes everything small and medium-sized organizations need to create, deliver, and manage reports over the web.

Sage Software and Business Objects have been OEM partners for nearly 10 years. The new multi-year agreement covers the latest Crystal Reports software and market leading brands from Sage Software including Sage MAS 90 ERP, Sage MAS 200 ERP, Sage MAS 500 ERP, Sage Accpac ERP, Sage PFW ERP, Sage CRM SalesLogix, Sage Timberline Office, Sage Abra HRMS, Sage FAS Fixed Assets, Peachtree by Sage, and Simply Accounting by Sage.

“Business Objects is the gold standard for reporting solutions in the mid-market, and the expanded integration of our industry-leading reporting software with the business management solutions from Sage Software will enable small and medium-sized organizations to more easily optimize their business performance,” said Wyatt Mullin, vice president of worldwide OEM sales at Business Objects. “More companies OEM Crystal Reports than any other business intelligence solution, and this expanded relationship with Sage Software will help extend our reach in the small and medium-sized business market even further.”

Sage Software delivers easy-to-use, scalable, and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and other business management needs. In addition, Sage Software provides solutions to meet the specialized needs of accounting practices, construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate
industries. Crystal Reports is well suited for the reporting needs of small and medium-sized organizations, enabling them to harness the information captured in a variety of business systems to improve decision making.

“Our agreement with Business Objects gives us more opportunities to help customers improve their business by using the industry’s leading reporting software,” said Ron Verni, president and CEO of Sage Software. “By bundling Crystal Reports within our solutions, small and medium-sized businesses gain advanced reporting and analysis functionality that is easy to use and
improves their decision making abilities.”

About Sage Software (formerly Best 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 (London: 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.

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