Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Sydney, December 22,2008 … Software Alliance Group announces the release of the Sage Pastel Xpress 2009 and Sage Pastel Partner 2009 business management software programs. Developed in response to customer and channel partner feedback, the 2009 upgrades provide enhanced security, flexibility, efficiency and control.

“With the economy as tight as it is – and looking like it’s going to stay that way for another 12 months - it’s vital that businesses have software that enables them to do way more with way less and therefore keep putting money back on the bottom line regardless of how difficult things get,” said John North, Managing Director of Software Alliance Group.

“Trying to add more functionality without making the product more difficult to use is, however, quite a balancing act, and that's why Sage Pastel has based all development on what users and channel partners say they would find beneficial. Pastel Accounting 2009 is, therefore, very much our customers’ product – enabled by some very astute underlying technology.”

Security and control in Pastel Accounting 2009 have been given a massive boost with new user groups and user access features.

Specifically, organisations can now restrict access to sensitive financial information by user. In addition, new user group functionality allows organisations to categorise people according to the access capabilities they wish them to have as well as providing the option to further personalise a particular user’s rights.

Levels of access control range from the type of document a user can process to the type of functionality a user can access. For example, an employee can be allowed access to a particular report he or she needs, but not all the financial reports or the trial balance. One user can be given the ability to do only quotes and another, the ability to do only invoices.

Pastel Accounting’s new System Audit Trail provides additional peace of mind on a slightly different level, in that it enables tracking by date, time, and user of any changes made to the system set-up. It therefore promotes accountability, minimises mistakes, and deters users from fraudulent behaviour.

The new Transaction Audit Trail provides a chronological sequence of transactions to help with data interrogation and simplify investigations into anomalies or queries. It is possible, for instance, to identify deleted transactions. This is because each transaction is now uniquely numbered and listed in the order that processing occurred.

When it comes to productivity, Pastel Accounting’s new Cash Manager add-on massively optimises collections through automating daily control of the debtors’ book. It generates automatic chase lists for follow up, eliminates the need for scribbled notes on the age analysis, provides instant reconciliations of invoices outstanding per aging category per debtor, calculates actual days outstanding per invoice, monitors payment history and tracks all calls made to debtors and promises made. It also does all the conventional projections such as cash flow forecasts and average age of debtors.

Other enhancements to Pastel Accounting include Gross Profit Reports that offer the option of using either average cost or last cost, a Point of Sale module with improved assignment rights and greater integration with the core Pastel Accounting application, Receipting against multiple customers, suppliers, or GL Accounts, and tighter on-line back-up integration.

Pricing and Availability
Sage Pastel Xpress 2009 and Sage Pastel Partner 2009 are available now from Software Alliance Group’s Australia-wide network of dealers. A single-user version of Sage Pastel Xpress 2009 costs $1,045.00 (inc. GST); a single user version of Sage Pastel Partner 2009 costs $1,375.00 (inc. GST). For further information contact Software Alliance Group on (02) 8436 6000, email [email protected] or visit


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Software Alliance Group
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Email: [email protected]

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Software Alliance Group Pty Ltd

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
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Headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sage (UK) Limited is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading supplier of business software and services to 5.7 million customers worldwide.

Formed in 1981, the Group was floated on the stock exchange in 1989 and now employs 14,800 people in its market leading companies worldwide.

At Sage, we live and breathe business every day. Through our people, business software, services and our partners, we are passionate about helping businesses of all sizes achieve their ambitions by helping them to overcome the day-to-day practicalities of running a business, so that they can do business the way they want to.


The tight economy makes it vital for businesses to have software that enables them to do way more with way less.


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