Sage Expands Partnerships, Markets

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Sage Software and CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business (CCH) on Monday announced a new partnership agreement significantly expanding their strategic alliance and strengthening each company's ability to provide premium products and services to the accounting community. The announcement follows on the heels of news that one of the nation's top five business partners for Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, MicroAccounting Solutions, has expanded into the Chicago market.

Sage and CCH Expand Strategic Alliance

The strategic alliance between Sage Software, a North American leader in providing small and mid-sized businesses, as well as their accountants, with a broad range of business management software, and CCH, a leading provider of tax and accounting information, software and services in North America, was first announced in May 2004. The new expansion of the alliance will give Sage the ability to provide it's customers and accountant partners with access to a range of CCH specialty information sources. CCH will acquire the Sage Practice Solutions line, including Sage Practice Manager, Write-up and Document Manager as its part of the alliance.

“Accountants are an important link between Sage and our business customers,” Sage Software CEO Ron Verni said in announcing the expanded alliance. “This expanded partnership strengthens both Sage Software and CCH. It enable Sage to focus on providing our accountant partners with the best business management applications and to provide even more and better information resources. By focusing on our strengths, together Sage Software and CCH can bring accountants unmatched programs in the industry.”

Both companies are actively exploring opportunities to work together in a number of other areas, as well. Among the opportunities being explored are more product integration between Sage accounting and ERP solutions and CCH income tax; sales and use tax; and accounting solutions and new ways to enhance Sage offerings in the corporate market.

“CCH's goal is to help make tax and accounting professionals as productive and profitable as possible by providing them with best-of-breed products that are aligned with how they work, day in and day out,” CCH CEO Kevin Robert states. “Building on the momentum that we established with Sage software in 2004, CCH is advancing on this commitment to customers and we are eager to continue to partner with Sage Software to deliver solutions that are second to none.”

Introducing MicroAccounting Chicago

Resulting from the purchase of the accounting software division of Alliance Technology Group (ATG) LLC and a partnership with MicroAccounting Solutions Dallas, MicroAccounting Chicago offers specialized services to businesses in the Chicago area.

“The decision to expand our reach into the Midwest by partnering with Mr. Zilnak [of ATG] and his talented team represents a tremendous opportunity for our organization and will benefit all of our clients through expanded services and geographical coverage,” Bill Harris, president of MicroAccounting Solutions Dallas said in announcing the expansion.

“MicroAccounting Solutions Chicago will focus on providing Sage Software products and services,” says Zilak, who will serve as president of MicroAccounting Solutions Chicago. “With such a select focus we can offer both our existing and our new clients exceptional service and attention. Our team of consultants is highly trained and has broad experience in the business marketplace and with Sage Software Solutions.

MicroAccounting Solutions is a Sage Software Select Partner, focusing exclusively on Sage Software solutions, including Sage MAS 90, Sage MAS 200 and Sage MAS 500.Service offerings include: software selection, implementation, project management, and certified training on Sage Software.

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