American Altair has acquired World Programming, a company from the UK that specializes in data analysis. Through the World Programming platform, multiple data science programming languages, including Python, R, and SAS languages, can be used in a single environment.
WPS Analytics is the name of the World Programming platform that Altair incorporated. It has fully integrated support for the SAS language and support for SQL, Python, R and Hadoop and data exchange, all in one program. It provides access to a wide range of resources including big data lakes, clouds, and mainframes.
Programming World has approximately 500 corporate customers worldwide, many of whom are large corporations, including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, energy, and consumer products players.
“We see this acquisition as an important opportunity to help the company transition to a hybrid architecture, based on modern open technologies and languages, while retaining the best available technologies, such as the SAS language,” said Altair CEO James Scapa. The World Programming software will be integrated into Altair’s portfolio of data analytics solutions and will be available through Altair Units. Through this licensing model, customers gain access to Altair’s entire software portfolio.
Altair employs approximately 2,000 people at its headquarters in Troy, Michigan. It also has more than 70 offices in 24 countries.
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