Business software provider Sage Software Inc. unveiled the acquisition of Intuit Inc.'s Master Builder, an accounting application for midmarket construction companies, as well as its acquisition of contracting application provider Contract Anywhere Inc., based in Savannah, Ga.

"We're incredibly excited about this," said Sage chief executive Ron Verni, who announced the deals at Insights 2006, the company's annual business partner conference . "These 5,000 customers [from Master Builder] were, quite frankly, giving us a hard time. So, like we always do, we decided to buy it. It was an opportunity to offer a solution that fits," he said.

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