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Sage has teamed up with Analyst Financials, a developer who specialises in providing software which solves a businesses' reporting and budgeting problems, to provide an enhanced management reporting and budgeting solution for its Sage Line 500 users.

Already used by more than 600 companies worldwide, Analyst Financials' Excel-based Analyst Reporting is an ideal match for Sage Line 500 as it provides a proven, robust and reliable solution for the exacting demands of modern information hungry operations.

Sage's Line 500 product seamlessly unifies information from a company's finance, distribution, manufacturing and service operations. It creates a wide-ranging business management system that can cover every aspect of a business - from the initial customer order to after-sales service, in the front and back office, on the shop floor and in the warehouse. Analyst Financials gives the customer the capability of extracting data from Sage Line 500 on a realtime basis to populate Microsoft Excel spreadsheets making data easy to analyse.

Bill Hill, Sage vertical market development manager, said: "Companies of all
sizes struggle with fractured, slow and unreliable management reporting, and
finance professionals are increasingly pressured to provide a more efficient
service to their internal customers.

"By integrating Analyst Reporting with Sage Line 500, we are able to provide
a simple solution for businesses whilst at the same time enhancing the
functionality of our own enterprise-level product."

An accreditation programme, run by Analyst Financials, will be rolled out in
March and April to equip Sage resellers with the software and accompanying documentation they need to sell and implement Analyst Reporting software, which will be known as Analyst for Sage and Budgeting for Sage.

Timeline Inc, the holding company of Analyst Financials, already has a long-established relationship with Sage. Timeline's vice president of worldwide sales Michael Evans, said: "We are delighted that Sage has endorsed our reporting and budgeting software for the UK market. We believe Sage resellers can expect to realise immediate and incremental revenue opportunities from this partnership and we look forward to working with them."

Peter Reynolds, managing director of the BDE Group, a Sage reseller who has had early exposure to Analyst Reporting, said: "We were working with Analyst Financials before their relationship with Sage was announced and found their product suite to be highly complementary to Sage Line 500. It also offers exactly the type of reporting and budgeting functionality that today's community of super-Excel users are looking for. This product provides competitive edge in new business situations and a substantial opportunity for value added sales into the base."