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HelpSystems buys Halcyon Software


SoldAmerica’s HelpSystems has bought British systems management specialist Halcyon Software for an undisclosed sum.

In a press statement yesterday, HelpSystems, which is headquartered in Minneapolis and has its UK offices in Fleet, Hampshire, said that the acquisition would strengthen its range of solutions for managed services providers. The purchase also expands its cross-platform systems management/monitoring offerings.

With its Robot range in particular, HelpSystems is a major (and after this purchase probably the major) Power Systems management player and the two firms’ products have often competed toe to toe. In recent years, HelpSystems has expanded its range to include BI and security, acquiring other British firms like CCSS and Safestone along the way.

As well as being a long-time stalwart of the British midrange scene, Peterborough-based Halcyon also operates offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the U.S. and Melbourne in Australia.

Halcyon Software’s managing director, Lorraine Cousins, said: “We found the technology, teams and IT expertise at these two companies to be a great fit. Our leadership team recognises that the Halcyon portfolio can continue to be strengthened to meet the needs of our enterprise customers, partners, and growing managed service provider network with the resources and support of an organisation like HelpSystems.”

Chris Heim, HelpSystems CEO, said: “We are excited to add the Halcyon suite of products to our existing portfolio of IT management solutions. The depth and experience the Halcyon employees have in performance monitoring and systems management is a welcome addition to the HelpSystems team.”

PowerWire understands that the precise logistics of the takeover are yet to be hammered out and that Halcyon will continue to operate as an individual division within the HelpSystems group for the foreseeable future.

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