New Sage Abra HRMS Maximizes Return on Employee Investment

Provides executives and HR managers with secure web access to employee analytics via iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or other intelligent device

Irvine, CA Oct. 26, 2010 – Sage North America released today Sage Abra SQL HRMS version 10.1, the latest version of Sage’s award-winning human resource management system (HRMS) for small and midsized companies. A market-leading HRMS, Sage Abra centralizes employee data, simplifies core human resource (HR) and payroll administration and enables better workforce-related decisions, resulting in the improvement of overall company efficiency. Version 10.1 offers the same user interface and powerful dynamic information sharing capabilities that positioned the previous version at top of its class, but also incorporates new features and enhancements that provide additional control, flexibility and security for workforce data, while maintaining a low total cost of ownership.

Improvements made in Abra Payroll include usability, reporting, and security. A number of functions have been moved to more intuitive locations to save companies time across their most common payroll processing tasks. The new version also increases group level security for sensitive payroll information. A new Common Deduction Limits Report has been added to Payroll Setup Reports. Companies can also test their payroll with new sample data, available for both U.S. and Canadian payroll databases.

“Accurate workforce information is extremely valuable for managing costs and successfully running a business,” said Johnny Laurent, vice president and general manager of Employer Solutions for Sage. “In today’s economy, it is imperative for organizations to do more for less – especially when, on average, a company spends up to 2.5 times an employee’s salary per year in benefits, training and other intangibles. The new Sage Abra provides easy and secure web access to the data businesses need to make smart decisions about employee development and productivity, allowing a company to maximize its return on employee investment (ROEI).”

Employees drive the business success of the company. Information about employees, such as their skills, development and performance metrics, and the associated costs are critical to understanding the state of the business. Having accurate and timely workforce information is crucial to managing employees, controlling costs and driving operational efficiency.

The conflict between the need for workforce information and the security of that information has historically meant that HR is the gatekeeper of the data flowing to others. Typically, requests for employee information are very specific, so the task of evaluating them, deciding what is appropriate and gathering the data into a report can be cumbersome and time consuming. Furthermore, the manager or executive will only receive information if he/she asks for it.

Sage Abra SQL HRMS version 10.1 answers this challenge with comprehensive access to Employee Analytics, assisting HR in delivering an unprecedented level of service to their organization. Workforce information is always up-to-date, readily available and directly accessible to managers and executives via a web URL, eliminating the need for requests and laborious reports. Data can be viewed on iGoogle or Excel, or on an iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, or other intelligent device. Version 10.1 is also supported by more web browsers than its predecessor and has the ability to turn any view into a Crystal Report, which allows HR to share data with management and executives in a way that is convenient, meaningful, and useful for their managing and decision making needs.

Pricing and Availability
Sage Abra v10.1 is available now from authorized Sage business partners. For pricing and other information about Sage Abra HRMS, please visit, email, or call 800-517-9099.

About Sage Abra
Sage Abra is human resource management system (HRMS) software that delivers tightly integrated HR, payroll, benefits, and attendance functionality, plus rich reporting and analysis tools. Sage Abra also includes a Web workforce portal with employee self-service that enables company-wide communications, benefits enrollment, and more. The product line features support for multiple databases, with Abra SQL supporting Microsoft SQL Server, and Abra Suite supporting Visual FoxPro.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.1 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at
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