||The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE), most commonly known as Sage, is a global business applications software company headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. It is the world's fourth-largest supplier of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software (behind Oracle, SAP and Infor), the largest supplier to small and midsize businesses, has 6.3 million customers worldwide and offers products and services in more than 160 countries.
The company employs approximately 13,400 staff across offices in 24 countries and achieved £1.4 billion annual revenues in 2010. Approximately 55% of its revenue is from the accounting sector with 26% from industry-specific customers, 10% from HR & payroll, 5% from payment processing and 4% from Customer Relationship Management software systems.
Sage Group plc is an aggressive acquisitions company. While the company has proven it can both acquire and integrate companies into the Sage family, it does receive criticism for a weak corporate brand (as most customers are more familiar with the products than the company) and a lack of integration between products.
Business software companies acquired by Sage Group include: Netcash (2010), Aytos accounting (2009), API (2008), Aytos not for profit (2008), API (2008), DCS (2008), Eurowin (2008), Tekton (2008), XRT (2007), KCS (2007), Snowdrop (2007), Pro-Concept (2007), Creative (2007), Xperts (2007), Emdeon (2006), Verus (2006), Adonix (2006), Elit (2006), Protx (2006), Bäurer (2006), Master Builder/Contractor Anywhere (2006), UBS (2006), Logic Control (2005), Simultan (2005), Symfonia (2005), Cogestib (2005), ACCPAC (2004), Grupo SP (2004), Softline (2004), FLS (2004), Timberline (2003), CPASoftware (2002), Interact (2001), MIP (2001), Best (2000), Peachtree (1999), Tetra (1999), Sesam (1999), State of the Art (1998), KHK (1997), Sybel & Saari (1995), Ciel (1992) and DacEasy (1991).