HelpSystems (now Fortra) Gains New Data Warehouse Management Capabilities with Acquisition of IBM ShowCase Software

HelpSystems (now Fortra) Expands Existing Business Intelligence Portfolio

Minneapolis, MN, April 01, 2013HelpSystems, a world leader in systems and network management, security, and business intelligence software, announced today the completion of its acquisition of the ShowCase business intelligence software portfolio from IBM. For current HelpSystems customers, this acquisition adds relational and multidimensional data warehouse creation and management to the company’s existing business intelligence portfolio.

“I’m pleased to add the ShowCase software products to the HelpSystems family. ShowCase users share our dedication to the IBM i platform, and we are excited to work with them as their needs grow and evolve,” said Janet Dryer, CEO of HelpSystems. “The ShowCase offerings are a perfect complement to our business intelligence vertical, which includes SEQUEL and now ShowCase.”

HelpSystems entered the Business Intelligence (BI) market in 2006 with its acquisition of Advanced Systems Concepts and its flagship product, SEQUEL, which provides enterprise-wide data access, analysis, and reporting.

With the acquisition of ShowCase, the HelpSystems BI team now serves over 2,500 customers worldwide, delivering affordable business intelligence through powerful queries, custom dashboards, advanced reporting tools, and flexible distribution options. The complete family of HelpSystems IT management solutions has a global customer base totaling over 7,000 organizations.

“ShowCase extends our BI capabilities to better serve today’s data-driven organizations,” said Dryer. “In turn, we plan to invest in the ongoing development of ShowCase functionality by incorporating HelpSystems automation and scheduling expertise to its existing query, data warehousing, and reporting features.

HelpSystems and IBM have enjoyed a business relationship spanning over 20 years. HelpSystems is an Advanced Member of IBM’s PartnerWorld program and a longtime member of the System i ISV Advisory Council.

About HelpSystems:

HelpSystems, LLC is a leading provider of systems management, security, and business intelligence solutions. HelpSystems software reduces data center costs by improving operational control and delivery of IT services. Founded in 1982, the company has 14 offices worldwide and over 7,000 customers from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, HelpSystems sells its solutions directly and through strategic partners worldwide.

HelpSystems sells the following brands: Robot, SEQUEL Software, PowerTech, Skybot Software, Safestone, CCSS, InterMapper, ShowCase, and Bytware. For more information, visit