ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  Sage North America announced today the implementation of the Sage Abra Educational Partner program, an initiative which provides U.S. educators and students with the latest version of the Sage Abra HRMS software free of charge for learning purposes. Sage Abra is an award-winning human resource management system (HRMS) for small and midsized companies that 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.

"The Sage Abra Educational Partner program allows institutions to give their students the benefit of real-world experience in HR," said Johnny Laurent, vice president and general manager of Sage Business Solutions. "Our goal is to give students pursuing human resources degrees the tools they need to succeed in the classroom -- and in the workplace."

With the Sage Abra Educational Partner program, registered educators receive free Sage Abra software for their classrooms, as well as free installation support. A full edition of Sage Abra can be installed on the institution's lab computers as well as onto the instructor's personal computer to facilitate course preparation. Students can install the Sage Abra student edition on their personal computers for learning purposes.

To qualify for the Sage Abra Educational Partner program, instructors must certify that they are affiliated with an educational or nonprofit professional or vocational training institution and that they plan to use Sage solutions only as part of their teaching, training, advising, staff development and/or research activities with that institution.

Students can obtain a student version of Sage Abra through registered educators in the Higher Educational Industry program. Educators interested in learning more about the Sage Abra Educational Partner program can contact Sage at

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 Sage Abra SQL supporting Microsoft SQL Server, and Sage Abra Suite supporting Visual FoxPro. For more information, please visit

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 4,00 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 Web site at

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