Sage launches HR software for smaller firms

Sage has launched human resources software designed to help small businesses better manage their people by recording, tracking and storing key employee information in one place, including training, time keeping, and professional skills.

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Sage has launched human resources software designed to help small businesses better manage their people by recording, tracking and storing key employee information in one place, including training, time keeping, and professional skills.

The product, Sage 50 HR 2007, is designed so HR information can be easily updated, accessed and analysed, giving companies the ability make well-informed decisions and comply with legal guidelines.

Sage 50 HR 2007 integrates employee details with Sage Payroll 2007 so that any employee records that were created in Sage Payroll can be exported to Sage 50 HR, saving time and reducing duplication.

“The feedback we have had from customers has been very positive, and Sage 50 HR seems to have generated more interest at the pre-release stage than any other product we have dealt with due to its affordability and features,” said Richard Compton, a sales consultant at CentrePoint Software.

Research carried out by Sage shows that the majority of customers questioned currently record and manage their HR data manually or using Excel, yet they cite the burden of this manual recording as one of the factors that would make them consider HR software.

Jo Ray, managing director of Sage’s small business division, said: “Employment legislation and compliance requirements are placing a growing burden on small businesses, making it even more important for them to keep accurate records about their people.

“By creating a central and secure information hub for businesses, Sage 50 HR allows HR staff to share and access information quickly and easily,” Ray added.

The launch of Sage 50 HR 2007 for small businesses comes shortly after Sage’s recent announcement that it has acquired Snowdrop Systems. Snowdrop provides HR, personnel and payroll management software and related services to mid sized businesses in the UK, focusing on the 50 to 2,000 employee range.

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