Thursday, January 15th, 2009 - Software Alliance Group
Sydney, 14 January 2009 … Australian Sage Pastel distributor Software Alliance Group announces the release of Evolution 5.01, Sage Pastel’s powerful mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system.

Sage Pastel Evolution opens up a new dimension in business management software, taking the business way beyond the traditional realms of accounting software. With business activity management functionality interwoven into the core of the accounting application, Sage Pastel Evolution brings all aspects of the business operation together to provide an integrated, holistic view of the organisation.

This new version of Evolution includes new customer-requested functionality - such as procurement, warehousing inter-branch transfers, and integration with Microsoft Outlook – to provide greater flexibility for users.

“Sage Pastel is expanding its market to include large organisations, including government, that would not normally have considered the company as a player in their space,” said John North, Managing Director of Software Alliance Group.

“The new procurement module, for instance, gives industries such as government and mining, which tend to procure rather than sell high volume items, an affordable technology option they've not had before. Also, our solution can be implemented faster than most competitive products – and it's modular. This means customers can quickly get up and running with a powerful ERP system that gives them only the functionality they actually want.

“Importantly, Evolution’s enhancements are not only based on requests from customers but have been tested, live, in customer environments. The essence of Evolution is therefore not changing; it's still geared to keeping operations and administration as simple as possible for the organisation and is now doing that in more areas of the business than ever before.”

Development of the new procurement module became necessary as larger organisations began to turn to Evolution as a more cost-effective option than those of more traditional ERP suppliers. The module automates procurement from requisition for inventory or consumables to receipt of the goods. Customers can set their own rules for authorisations and the system automatically validates all requisitions against budgets in the general ledger, generating purchase orders and goods received vouchers as the workflow proceeds.

Another new feature, Warehousing Inter-branch Transfers, provides greater control of inventory while it moves from one location to another. It makes use of a goods-in-transit 'virtual' warehouse and accounts for damaged goods and variances that might arise. It automatically creates documentation needed to accompany goods in transit.

A new Units of Measure feature makes the management of inventory much easier. Users can specify a buying and a selling unit and the relevant pricing per item, which is then a default at the time of processing.
Additional efficiencies and streamlining of processes are enabled by the integration of Microsoft Outlook with Sage Pastel Evolution, ensuring that everyone in the organisation can capture operational as well as financial data.

“Instead of having to work in a separate package to generate documents like quotes or notes about customer interactions, users can simply continue to work in their main communication tool, Outlook, and then use the Evolution options on their screen to seamlessly link their work to the system's financials,” said Mr North.

An Information Alerts module helps improve productivity by enabling employees to proactively manage by exception. Based on criteria set by the organisation, the system sends alerts to employees to take action when, for example, a quick selling item needs re-ordering.

Other new features include Business Intelligence (BI) Web Reporting, which allows remote users to access and print, via the Internet, reports relevant to their roles in the business, and the BI OLAP module. The module is a fast, easy analysis tool that allows users to establish trends and statistics using binary cubes. The ability to slice and dice large volumes of transactional data into a familiar reporting format such as Excel gives organisations powerful insights into their operations.

Pricing and Availability

Sage Pastel Evolution 5.01 is available now from Software Alliance Group’s Australia-wide network of dealers. A single-user version of Evolution with core modules costs $3,300 (inc. GST); a five user version of Evolution with core modules costs $6,600 (inc. GST). For further information contact Software Alliance Group on (02) 8436 6000, email [email protected] or visit www.sagepastel.com.au/au

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Patrick McAuliffe
Marketing Manager
Software Alliance Group
Ph: 02 8436 6000
Email: [email protected]

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Software Alliance Group (“The Best Choice For Business Software”) is the result of the July 2005 merger of Pastel Software Distribution Australia Pty Ltd and Sage Distribution Australia Pty Ltd. By bringing together the resources of the two merged companies Software Alliance Group offers the industry’s most comprehensive and diverse range of business management software products while drawing on 37 years of combined software distribution experience.

Software Alliance Group is an Authorised Australian Distributor of Sage Pastel’s extensive range of accounting, payroll and related small-to-medium business software products including Sage Pastel Partner, Sage Pastel Evolution, Sage Line 50 and Sage Pastel Xpress. Software Alliance Group is an Authorised New Zealand Distributor of Sage Pastel’s extensive range of accounting and related small-to-medium business software products including Sage Pastel Partner, Sage Pastel Evolution, and Sage Pastel Xpress. For more information visit www.softwarealliancegroup.com.au
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Australian Sage Pastel distributor Software Alliance Group announces the release of Evolution 5.01, Sage Pastel’s powerful mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system. This version includes new customer-requested functions.

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