Sage Software Joins With Concentric Network

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 18, 2000 — SageÔ Software, Inc., the leading provider of PC-based accounting software solutions in the U.S., and Concentric Network Corp. (Nasdaq: CNCX), a leading provider of e-business solutions for growing companies, today announced an alliance to provide integrated Web hosting and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services for Sage’s MAS 90® internet.access, a business-to-business e-commerce module that allows the customers of MAS 90 user companies to perform account inquiries and order entry functions in a secure Web-based environment. The ConcentricHostÔ platform will provide a robust, secure environment for hosting the Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 for Microsoft® Windows NT® Server 4.0 components of MAS 90 internet.access — all over DSL, a high-speed Internet connection. The platform’s hosting capability, in conjunction with ConcentricDSLÔ , provides a robust solution for MAS 90 users, enabling these mid-market companies to leverage the power of the Internet, by opening a significant sales channel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ConcentricHost platform is also easy to install and competitively priced.

"Our goal is to provide business owners with the management software they need to smoothly and efficiently run their business, without the burden of understanding or needing to configure the underlying technology that makes it all possible," said David R. Butler, president and chief operating officer of Sage Software, Inc. "To that end, we are teaming with Concentric to provide Web hosting and dedicated Internet connectivity that provide the networking infrastructure necessary to fully harness the power of MAS 90."

"We are pleased that Sage has decided to tap into Concentric’s e-business expertise," said Henry R. Nothhaft, chairman, president and CEO of Concentric Network. "Our reliable Web hosting and DSL services are ideally suited for the e-commerce capabilities of MAS 90, making this pairing of technologies a truly innovative platform for launching and managing an e-commerce solution."

Single Source Solution
This industry-first solution allows a customer to obtain their corporate Web site hosting and Internet connectivity—integrated with Sage’s MAS 90 internet.access e-commerce solution — all from a single provider. The configuration tasks, from domain name registration to internet.access ISAPI plug-in configuration, are handled by Concentric. Maintenance of the Web site is performed by the customer, via MicrosoftÒ Front Page extensions, directly from within the MAS 90 application.

Similarly, by teaming with Concentric, Sage taps into the company’s proven experience in the DSL market to enjoy the benefits of Concentric’s extensive 19-city DSL footprint. For those users outside of the current footprint, Concentric also offers frame relay and fractional T-1 service.

Competitively Priced Solution
High-speed dedicated DSL Internet connections start at $89 per month for 144K of bandwidth. Hosting of the IIS components of MAS 90 internet.access and up to 40 megabytes of corporate Web site content can be purchased for only $34.95 per month.

About MAS 90 and internet.access
MAS 90 is a 32-bit accounting, distribution and manufacturing software solution for medium-sized companies. It features 22 modules and includes a client/server version for Windows NT that incorporates thin-client technology, adding more efficient distributed processing, high performance, enhanced data integrity and reliability, remote access support and scalability for large numbers of users. MAS 90 internet.access allows user companies to conduct business with clients over the Internet and give their clients the ability to safely log onto and place orders on their Web site, which will directly update information into MAS 90 in real time. The capabilities consist of a core internet.access system module and two applets called "internet.inquiry" and "internet.order." The customer inquiry applet allows for account and order inquiry capabilities, and internet.order is a shopping cart applet which provides order entry functionality. The internet.access module is designed to be easy to install without the need for costly Web consultants or custom programming. internet.access pricing begins at $4,000.

About Concentric Network Corporation
Concentric Network Corporation provides complete Internet business solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises, including DSL access, Web hosting and e-commerce. The company also offers data center services, virtual private networks, dedicated access and application infrastructure services for delivering applications over the Internet or a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Concentric's services are offered through a nationwide network of data centers and a private, nationwide ATM network. All Concentric services are backed by 24/7 customer care and most include service level agreements. Publicly traded NASDAQ: CNCX), Concentric is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with operations in Irvine, Calif., Chicago, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., and Saginaw, Mich. For more information, visit http://www.concentric.net/or contact Public Relations at publicrelations@concentric.com.

About Sage US, Inc.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Sage US, Inc. (http://www.us.sage.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 markets five major accounting software packages in the U.S. 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 1,000 employees, and for three consecutive years it has won Microsoft's Industry Solution Award for Best Technology Integration.

Sage is a trademark of The Sage Group plc. Acuity, MAS 90, BusinessWorks, and DacEasy are trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. Peachtree is a registered trademark of Peachtree Software, Inc. All other brands referenced herein are the trademarks or the registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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