Sage Software And Haitek Solutions Announce Native SQL Server ERP

IRVINE, CALIF. and CONCORD, OHIO, June 29, 1999-Sage™ Software, a leading provider of accounting software solutions, and Haitek® Solutions, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software developer, today announced the development of Envision® ERP, a suite of manufacturing applications developed solely to run on Windows NT®. Envision seamlessly and exclusively integrates with
Sage Software's Acuity® accounting and distribution applications for manufacturers. Envision ERP is the only ERP system written exclusively for Microsoft® SQL Server™, and includes Routings, Bill of Materials, Work Orders, Job Costing, Labor Reporting, Shop Floor Control, Bar Coding and several other modules. These applications provide the infrastructure for managing jobs from raw materials to
finished goods.

"Most ERP systems support multiple databases such as SQL Server, Oracle®, and Sybase®, sacrificing software performance because the application interface has to be generic enough to work with each database," said William Henslee, president and founder of Haitek Solutions. "Envision ERP is optimized to harness the true power of the SQL Server database, which is the leading database for the Windows NT platform. Envision ERP can scale from small 10-user implementations to large, worldwide projects-something that other ERP products cannot accomplish on Windows NT."

Envision uses only Microsoft technology including Visual Basic® and Microsoft BackOffice®, and was developed using Sage's Acuity Visual Tools. Acuity Visual Tools and Acuity accounting and distribution applications comprise two-thirds of Sage's complete Acuity product line.

"Envision provides the flexibility and functionality that manufacturers need to generate products in the real world," said Richard G. Lull, vice president and general manager of the enterprise systems division of Sage Software, Inc. "Our reseller community can finally address the continually increasing demand from
their manufacturing clients for an ERP solution built for Acuity."

At the heart of the system is the Work Orders module. Multimedia applications (such as audio, video, or imaging) are linked directly to the Work Orders and Routings modules. The Work Orders system includes a built-in CAD viewer, providing instant access to engineering drawings throughout the production process from any point in the enterprise. Hyperlinks can be placed on each drawing to link part drawings to other component item drawings. Envision also includes standard drill-downs to detailed transactions. A visual schedule board can be accessed directly from the Work Orders module, as well.

Envision ERP and additional modules are scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 1999. The product will be sold through Sage Software's worldwide Acuity reseller channel.

About Haitek Solutions

Headquartered in Concord, Ohio, Haitek Solutions (www.haitek.com) develops, sells and supports Enterprise Resource Planning software for mid-size discrete manufacturers. Haitek markets Sage's Acuity products and Thoroughbred Software International's Solution IV accounting and distribution software, as well as their own Envision ERP and Shop IV manufacturing software. Envision ERP and Acuity utilize cutting-edge technologies to provide mid-size companies with robust business solutions. Shop IV and Solution IV are designed for small to mid-size companies.

About Sage Software, Inc.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Sage Software, Inc. (www.sota.com) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, the world's leading PC-based accounting software company with more than two million customers. Sage Software markets five major accounting software packages. Peachtree®, DacEasy® and
BusinessWorks® are easy to use and provide the full accounting features needed by most small businesses of up to 50 employees. MAS 90® is the leading accounting software for medium-sized businesses with up to 500 employees, and is recommended by more CPAs than any other mid-range accounting product. Acuity is perfect for larger businesses of up to 5,000 employees, and for three consecutive years it has won Microsoft's Industry Solution Award for Best Technology Integration.


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