Sage Software Announces Sage Summit Keynote and Featured Speakers

Acclaimed "Rags to Riches" Success Christopher Gardner to Participate in Joint Keynote, Plus Featured Speakers From Various Small Business and Industry Trade Media to Share Observations on Business and Market Trends, as Well as Formulas for Business Success

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - Sage Software announced today details of its keynote and featured speakers for Sage Summit, the company's annual customer conference, taking place November 3-6, 2007 in Chicago. This 4-day event offers the opportunity for small and mid-sized businesses who are users of Sage Software products and services to network, gain insight to better utilize their software and services, and learn about the latest industry and business trends affecting their organizations.

Sage Summit will formally open with a joint keynote on Sunday, November 4th starting at 2:30 p.m. (CST) featuring Ron Verni, Sage Software CEO, recently named one of 2007's "Top 100 Most Influential People" by Accounting Today magazine; Nina Smith, Sage Software president, Business Management Division; Doug Meyer, Sage Software president, Industry & Specialized Solutions Division, plus; special guest Christopher Gardner, CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, and the inspiration for the recent box office smash, "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Gardner is the owner and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Surmounting acute obstacles on his road to success, Gardner will articulate his keys to self-empowerment, beating the odds, and breaking the negative cycles that keep people from succeeding.

Additional featured speakers at Sage Summit include Rieva Lesonsky, Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine; Bob Scott, Editor-In-Chief of Accounting Technology magazine; Kevin Parker, Editorial Director of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine, and; Marshall Lager, Senior Editor of CRM magazine.

Rieva Lesonsky, Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine, will host an interactive session in which attendees will discuss a variety of current issues and general business cases identified by the audience. During the session, Lesonsky will offer her suggestions and insights based on years of observing the ins and outs of what makes small businesses successful.

Kevin Parker, Editorial Director of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine, will explore the most pertinent issues impacting the manufacturing industry today and how information technology can truly give small businesses the competitive advantage they need.

Marshall Lager, Senior Editor of CRM magazine, will examine the key issues in what is perhaps the hottest business management application for small and mid-sized businesses today, with more and more businesses implementing CRM systems, including discussing what's the best way to go -- hosted or on-premises, and what business owners might see over the next few years and what they need to do to maximize CRM in their own business.

Bob Scott, Editor-In-Chief of Accounting Technology magazine, will share his observations on current trends in the accounting and enterprise resource planning (ERP) market, and ways small and mid-sized business owners can address some of the technology challenges their companies face now, while effectively planning for the future.

Sage Summit will also feature a "State of the Construction Industry" panel discussion, led by editors from several national construction trade publications. Panelists will outline trends such as Green Building, BIM technology, market strengths and opportunities, as well as the importance of integration, collaboration and succession planning.

More details on the expert knowledge the keynote speakers will be sharing with Sage Summit attendees is available at the Sage Summit web site,

Sage Summit is designed to help Sage Software clients discover new ways in which their software and services can solve business challenges and bring more value to their organizations. It enables attendees to learn from each other, as well as communicate with product experts and share their crucial input and feedback. The conference provides a number of activities, such as an on-site Support Center, a trade show floor with software demonstrations, and hands-on labs, which allow the attendees to speak directly with product experts.

Conference attendees can evaluate a wide range of Sage Software and third-party products, enabling them to explore the possibilities for building highly integrated end-to-end business management systems for their operations. A number of exclusive discounts will be available to attendees only.

Open to the nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada who use Sage Software products and services, Sage Summit 2007 expects over 2,500 attendees. Registration information is available at Standard registration for the full 4-day conference is available now through October 26th for $995 (USD).

For more information, please visit the official Sage Summit web site:

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.8 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small and mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.4 million customers and employs over 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at or call (866) 308-2378.

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