9 June 2005 – AccTech Systems to setup ACE Web portal using Sage CRM

Issued by: Watt Communications & G Watt Design

[Johannesburg, 9 June 2005] – Premier Softline Sage ERP Accpac 2004 CRM business partner of the year, AccTech Systems, will assist Malawian company ACE (Agricultural Commodity Exchange) to set up a Web-based commodity portal using Sage CRM’s hosted system solutions.

“ACE’s objective is to establish a regional commodity exchange for the mutual benefit of producers and consumers,” says Ian Goggin, systems consultant for ACE. “We want to successfully facilitate the marketing and procurement of commodities through the auspices of the exchange.”

Keith Fenner, director of solutions and business development at AccTech Systems, explains that members of the exchange would appoint brokers to conduct business on their behalf, trading any agricultural commodity including cotton, maize, sorghum, soya and wheat. The brokers will in turn charge an agreed broking fee for these services.

“Sage CRM will manage the back-office registration of all brokers. It will also provide these brokers and suppliers with bidding and sales history on the relevant parties participating on a specific deal,” says Tertius Zitzke, managing director of AccTech Systems.

ACE also opted to use the Sage CRM Web self-service module, providing brokers with a user name and password, which allows them to capture trading applications directly onto the CRM system. Security is managed on the server, saving ACE time and money in the initial registration period of the trading initiative.

“The entire solution will be running a hosted environment,” says Fenner. “With ACE opting for a Web-hosted solution at Sage ERP Accpac Online Africa, they are eliminating the need to purchase expensive hardware, saving both time and money. Without needing to implement a network infrastructure and maintaining and upgrading the CRM solution in-house, they will benefit from the advanced solutions at a fraction of the cost.”

AccTech Systems (PTY) LTD

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd is an Sage ERP Accpac accounting software solution provider. Accredited as a premier solution provider by Sage ERP Accpac International, AccTech specialises in Sage ERP Accpac’s entire range of award-winning product lines and third-party software products.

AccTech is currently the number one Softline Accpac Dealer of the year as well as the number one Sage CRM dealer of the year. AccTech offers in-depth customer needs analysis, product configuration and custom-designed workflow solutions and backs that up with world-class training and support.

AccTech Systems has representation in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd was also named as one of three finalists of DTI exporter of the year 2005.

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia.

Focused on the development of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions, Softline has a 16-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline’s leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings provides Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions.

In November 2003, Softline was acquired by Sage Group plc, an established FTSE 100 company. The group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community.

Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

Sage

The Sage Group plc is a leading supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related services for small, medium and large enterprises. It comprises market-leading businesses throughout Europe, United Kingdom, North America, South Africa and Australia .The Sage group plc has over 5 million small and mid-sized customers in 55 countries and 10 500 staff.

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