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ShowCase Corporation Heralds Availability of IBM's DB2 OLAP Server for the AS/400, a Co-Development Initiative Leveraging ShowCase's Essbase/400.

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ROCHESTER, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2000

New Server Technology and OEM Agreement with IBM Expand

ShowCase's Offerings to Thousands of AS/400 Customers Through

IBM Direct and Business Partner Sales Force

ShowCase(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: SHWC), the leading provider of Enterprise Intelligence solutions for business users and AS/400 IT professionals, will significantly extend its offerings to thousands of AS/400 organizations with today's launch of the new IBM DB2 OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) Server for the AS/400 - a joint development effort between IBM and ShowCase.

IBM will bring DB2 OLAP to the AS/400 market as the ideal foundation for high-performance business intelligence (BI) analytics. The new server technology provides AS/400 users with a more robust relational storage manager option that optimizes the analytical power of ShowCase's Essbase/400 and stores data in a familiar format to help users quickly access, explore and deliver detailed enterprise information "their way" while maximizing the open scalable platform of the AS/400. ShowCase STRATEGY, coupled with IBM DB2 OLAP Server, provides industry-leading performance for interactive data analysis and report generation, resulting in benefits that can include increased market share and operational efficiency.

ShowCase is responsible for jointly developing IBM DB2 OLAP per an OEM contract with IBM announced June 12. As the provider of IBM's selected OLAP technology for the AS/400, ShowCase gains access to thousands of IBM customers through IBM's vast direct sales force and global network of business partners, as well as the increased sales and marketing support that IBM places behind its own products. The deal also gives IBM access to ShowCase's Essbase for the AS/400 - the core technology embedded in DB2 OLAP and within IBM-developed BI solutions to be sold into the AS/400 customer base.

Additionally, IBM has access to ShowCase's Warehouse Builder, which has been integrated into IBM's DB2 OLAP solution as DB2 OLAP Builder. ShowCase Warehouse Builder transforms and simplifies data from AS/400 transactional data tables as it is being moved. It assists in moving enterprise data to the AS/400 by transforming online transactional data into meaningful information and can be used to create both relational and multidimensional databases with its power and flexibility.

"Today's release of the IBM DB2 OLAP Server marks a significant milestone for IBM, ShowCase and the thousands of AS/400 customer organizations who will benefit from the power of this fully integrated server platform to meet their rapidly growing Business Intelligence and analytic needs," says Ken Holec, president and chief executive officer, ShowCase Corporation. "We are proud to share in the development of DB2 OLAP with IBM and to now offer our Enterprise Intelligence solutions to a significantly broader base of IBM AS/400 customers who need more sophisticated analytic capabilities to maximize their ROI."

IBM DB2 OLAP Server's Web-based deployment of BI analytical applications leverages ShowCase's Enterprise Intelligence Initiative - a comprehensive Web-based solution that extends the ShowCase data warehousing and business intelligence product line. IBM's DB2 OLAP Server - combined with ShowCase's STRATEGY product suite and its Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) offerings, including the recently launched ShowCase Xpedio Web Content Management solution - allows users to make better business decisions through personalized, Web-based access to key information, without regard to its source.

About ShowCase STRATEGY

ShowCase STRATEGY provides business users and AS/400 IT professionals with a complete solution for Enterprise Intelligence. From extraction and transformation of data from AS/400 operational systems, such as e-commerce applications and ERP systems - through loading data into the warehouse and keeping it refreshed through automated scheduling - STRATEGY provides IT professionals with an integrated suite of data warehousing tools. For business users, STRATEGY provides an integrated suite of ad hoc query and reporting tools, Web-based enterprise reporting, and OLAP-based analytic application solutions.

About ShowCase(R) Corporation

ShowCase provides Enterprise Intelligence solutions to help companies discover and seize business opportunities in an evolving global marketplace. We offer the first integrated web content management and business intelligence solution to help companies solve their strategic business information needs. Through a worldwide team, ShowCase offers reporting and analytic solutions in areas such as financial management and customer relationship management (CRM). For more information, visit the ShowCase Web site at:

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