Press Contact:Brian Kelly, Managing Partner

Cost Management Services
321 Main Street,
Farmington, CT 06110

FARMINGTON, CT, June 3, 2005 – Brian Kelly of Cost Management Services (CMS) announces today that Sage Software (formerly Best Software) is expanding its Sage Payroll Services offerings into mid-market companies and organizations.

Offered within the framework of Sage Online Services, the new outsourced payroll services for the mid-market will be added to the company’s existing Peachtree Payroll Service for small businesses, which currently has more than 5,000 customers. Sage Software’s other online service offerings for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) include Sage Compliance Services, formerly known as FLS tax compliance services, and for hosted CRM.

“Sage Payroll Services is the most comprehensive, affordably-priced business solution of its kind on the market, combining advanced payroll services with superior accounting integration to address the complete needs of small and mid-sized companies,” said Ron Verni, president and CEO, Sage Software. “Our track record in online payroll is already well established with the thousands of customers who we serve through the Peachtree Payroll Service. Now, both our small business and mid-sized business customers can have payroll any way they want it – outsourced through the payroll service, or in-house via our on-premises solutions.”

Built on a true Web-native architecture, the new Sage Payroll Services include Sage Payroll Services Abra Edition, which integrates with Sage Abra HRMS (human resources management system) solution, Sage Payroll Services MAS Edition, which integrates with the company’s Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 accounting products, and a stand-alone Sage Payroll Services offering, which can be used in conjunction with any in-house accounting system. Peachtree Payroll Service is also built on the same Web-native architecture, but especially meets the needs of small businesses by integrating with the company’s Peachtree by Sage accounting products.

Sage Payroll Services is designed to provide the full functionality of other traditional service bureaus, but with unique advantages designed specifically to address the needs of SMBs, including:

Tight integration to both installed accounting and HRMS systems, from Peachtree by Sage, Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200, and other GL packages, to the award-winning Sage Abra HRMS solutions;

Supported by local business partners able to service the full solution from a single vendor;
Available 24×7; Real-time, instantaneous reports;

On-demand check printing from the desktop, as well as remote check and W-2 printing and delivery;
No technical requirements beyond a high-speed Internet connection and desktop PC.

Adds Verni, “Today, through Sage Payroll Services, we are able to offer SMBs the most affordable price for business’ payroll solutions that tightly integrate into their Sage accounting applications.”

Sage Software’s mid-market business partners will work closely with Sage Software’s in-house Payroll Service team to ensure success, referring Sage Payroll Services and serving in an account management role after implementation.

Sage Payroll Services Abra Edition, Sage Payroll Services MAS Edition, and the stand-alone Sage Payroll Services can be ordered now by calling 860-678-4401. Installations will take place in September.

Brian Kelly will be demonstrating the new Sage Payroll Service at the 13th Annual New England Payroll Conference at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT on June 8 – 10, 2005.
Touting the improved functionality and benefits of the new Sage Payroll Services Brian tells us “It provides our clients and prospective clients the opportunity to choose how they want to manage their Payroll and HR Information. With the release of Sage Payroll Services clients can now leverage the leading HRIS system “Abra” with a completely integrated payroll services solution.”

“A few of the best parts about the Abra/Sage Payroll Solution is that our clients will have the option of running a full trial payroll in a real-time mode, thus eliminating the possibility of errors. Also our users will get their information back immediately at no additional charge, so they can create management reports when they want, and as often as they want. I think the Sage Payroll Service will compete very effectively against the major Payroll providers both from a cost standpoint and a functionality standpoint.”

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessWorks, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, and Timberline Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-BEST.

About Cost Management Services (CMS)

Cost Management Services (CMS) is New England’s premier reseller of HRIS and Time & Attendance products including Best Software’s award winning Abra Suite, CMS’s web based recruiting software – “iRecruit” and the Unitime Automated Timekeeping System. Abra Suite is a fully integrated human resource management system “HRMS”, inclusive of HR, Benefits Administration, Payroll, Attendance, Training, Employee Self Service, OrgPlus & Recruiting modules. Unitime Systems is a powerful and easy to use Time and Attendance solution which provides companies with the tools to automate their labor tracking processes. CMS’s philosophy is to make each client successful. With over 20 years of experience CMS’s focus on quality professional services allows us to achieve our goal of total client satisfaction. CMS utilizes proven technology, implementation methodologies, expertise, and one-on-one training to automate, streamline and integrate the complete workforce management process.

For more information please call Brian Kelly at 1-800-517-9099 or visit our website at

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