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									Isn’t it time all SMEs thanked Sage for their accounting software and CRM
Date: 05-08-2008 12:04 PM CET
Category: IT, New Media & Software
Press release from: DMC Software Solutions
Agency: WebCertain

It’s difficult to believe that as recently as the 1980s many small to medium businesses were still managing their accounts with
pens and paper. Rebecca Haines of CRM software specialists, DMC, considers the impact Sage accounting software and CRM
systems have had on SMEs and says they should be thankful for the technical innovations of the past two decades.

 Back in the early 1980s the vast majority of small to medium businesses (SMEs) didn’t use any software to manage their
accounts and payroll – everything was managed on paper with accountants all but disappearing under a pile of accounts
ledgers and manual calculations.

 It’s hard to believe how far technology has come in such a short time, and for many people it’s difficult to imagine even the
smallest companies manually processing their accounts these days, since the mass-adoption of Sage and other accounting
start-up software.

The growth of the accounting and CRM software industry in the UK began in the early 1980s by companies like Pegasus and
Sage who identified a gap in the market for a SME business technology niche.

 It is no coincidence that these companies share their anniversaries with the release of the first IBM personal computer and
Amstrad word processor, as it’s with these that the growth of accounting and CRM software development companies
accelerated at a rapid pace.

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 During this time SMEs started to adopt this new technology and it helped to transform their accounts and payroll practices,
from manual accounting to adopting automated systems, especially Sage Software.

 Since then, the accounting and business software industry has grown to encompass far more than simply doing the accounts
and payroll.

 Rebecca Haines of business management software specialists DMC Software Solutions says: “Sage software lies at the heart
of most SMEs today and there are specific solutions for the whole range of vertical markets – allowing companies to stay fully
automated, up to date with business legislation and much more.”

 The growth in service industries, relationship marketing, data protection, along with the need to differentiate in a highly
competitive sector, has seen the expansion of CRM systems.

 As senior managers want to spend time growing their business, rather than disappearing under a pile of paperwork, the growth
of Business Intelligence software for intelligent real-time reporting, management accounts and forecasting is the latest,
up-to-the-minute trend.

 While the growth of Sage software usage in SMEs has helped to put them on a more level playing field with their bigger
rivals, they do not have the same level of integration – they run different applications in different parts of the business and
manual piece the data together.

And, when faced with ever increasing demands to improve efficiency levels and to optimise productivity, SMEs now call for
CRM and accounting software integration so that everyone in their business can see the same data in real time.

 With this in mind, companies like Sage have introduced integrated Sage software suites for SMEs. This is viewed by many
as a revolution and many other software development houses are following suit already.

 This is undoubtedly one of the reasons that Sage has enjoyed the biggest growth in the software development sector, far out
competing any of rivals, even the longest standing.

Despite their humble beginnings, Sage software is by far the leading accounting software and CRM solution in the world.

 Rebecca concludes: “The personal computer and work processor, together with solutions like Sage software has certainly help
to transform SMEs in the UK today, and accountants are forever singing its praises.

 “So when we go to work and use our systems (whether it be Sage software, Amstrad or IMB hardware or not), take its
functionality for granted or complain when it’s not working correctly, we should remember that we have a lot to thank these
companies for – imagine the alternative; paper mountains, spreadsheets and calculators not to mention lack of direction and a
very stressed management team!"

Press information, please contact

 Kiia Kiander
 Online PR Coordinator
 Web Certain Europe Ltd
 Blackthorn House
 Northminster Business Park
 Poppleton, York
 YO26 6QW
 44 1904 780030

About DMC Software

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 DMC Software Solutions is a specialist in training, supporting, supplying and implementing Sage CRM business solutions
and the full range of Sage integrated accountancy software for companies.
 Keeping over 2300 customers in the UK and Europe satisfied, the DMC Software team has received a number of awards from
Sage UK over the last six years.

 DMC Software are experienced implementing accounting and CRM solutions in small and midsized markets means there is
no one better placed than DMC to deliver your Sage accountancy, CRM or a totally integrated Sage Suite.

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