Altair Chooses ActiveState’s Python Solution to Eliminate Dependency Conflicts and Save Money

ActivePython Standardization Provides Customers with Out-of-the-Box Solution

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – April 23, 2019 – Today ActiveState announced that Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, has chosen ActiveState’s Python solution, ActivePython, to eliminate dependency conflicts.

Altair uses Python to build out a set of APIs that make their software solutions not only more extensible by customers, but also enables their internal developers to build out new functionality more quickly. Because of the innovative way that Altair offers its solutions (a units-based subscription licensing model that allows flexible and shared access to all their offerings), customers typically end up using multiple applications. However, each application could be using a different version of Python, which can lead to dependency conflicts.

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Altair is moving toward standardizing on a single version of Python across approximately 30 of its applications to eliminate dependency conflicts. Altair chose ActiveState’s Python solution, ActivePython, as their standard for several key reasons:

  • By using ActivePython, Altair can provide all their customers with a standard, out-of-the-box solution.
  • Sourcing a custom version of Python from ActiveState, rather than building one, allows Altair’s developers to focus on their core competency, which is adding features to its products.
  • Standardization will decrease support costs, since all customers will have the same Python deployed.

ActivePython is being delivered to Altair via the ActiveState Platform. Moving forward, Altair will be able to take advantage of the ActiveState Platform to automatically build, certify and resolve their own versions of Python or any open source language supported by the ActiveState Platform.

Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState, said: “Open source languages drive innovation but building them drives inefficiency. Altair estimates it took many more cycles than projected to move from Python 2.7 to 3.4. ActiveState’s Python solution gives Altair back a wealth of time and resources across build, dev and management teams to provide a competitive advantage in that space.”

Jaison Nellikkunnel, Vice President, Software Development, Altair, said: “By using ActivePython, we’ve been able to reclaim valuable time and resources facilitating both time and cost savings, while providing customers with a distinctly novel solution.”

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