Mid-Range – Sage Tetra repackages CS/3

Newcastle-based Sage will next month start shipping a Windows NT-based mid-market financials application capable of handling up to 16 users.

The new product, Sage CS, will cost from £10,000 for a four-user installation and is the first offering to emerge from the Sage Tetra stable, formed when Sage acquired Tetra in April.

Sage CS supports core financial functions such as sales and purchase ordering as well as a range of planning, inventory and analysis functions. Sage CS Options can be added for job costing, works order management and payroll, as well as Web-enabled software that lets users use the system over the Internet.

Sage Tetra marketing vice-president Andrew Yuille explained Sage CS was a subset of Tetra’s existing CS/3 code. ‘There is nothing technically different to C/S3, but we’ve packaged it and priced it differently,’ he said. The product has been picked up by around half of Tetra’s C/S3 resellers and the division was hoping to recruit up to 200 dealers from Sage’s network.

Yuille said Sage Tetra had been receiving more enquiries from smaller and medium-sized companies that were beginning to realise they needed to upgrade financial systems for the millennium.

By repackaging a mature product and undercutting rivals, the company hoped to maximise its revenues from a last-minute year-2000 rush. ‘It could be the right product at the right time,’ said Yuille.

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