back to article Altair pays off $79m owed to SAS in software license spat, will sell rival product

The long-running battle between software giant SAS and British data analytics outfit World Programming (WPL) appears to be almost over – after a US court lifted an injunction on sales of the latter's products. Altair, a Michigan software house that just bought WPL, said it had paid the remaining $65.9 million WPL owed to SAS, …

  1. Korev Silver badge

    SAS has good reason to be concerned. Companies have invested huge sums in its platform over the years, and we can well imagine the consternation caused by the thought of those same customers being able to leverage decades of experience in its language in work with trendier open-source languages. All without filling SAS's coffers.

    Isn't R the bigger threat to SAS?

  2. AndersS

    How to design a SoOftware product

    I started using SAS in 1981. I have worked INTENSIVELY with the product for many years. Now I am retired (soon 75+).

    I think it is rather easy to design the SAS Data-step language as it was around 1981. If then else, some functions, some formats - for reading/writing data.

    Some the the Procedures are also VERY natural: PROC SORT, PROC FREQ - in 1981 version.

    But, but, but - to develop the software beyond 1981 version, you MUST spend lots and lots of time trying to understand the user needs and priorities. That is not at all cheap or straight forward.

    I am VERY surprised that the Court did not understand this part of the work at SAS Institute.

    It is NOT about screen layouts. SAS interfaces are NOT very intelligent and not very nice to work with, sometimes.

    The basic work is - what facilities should be included in e.g. Proc MEANS - for summation in many, many ways. Yes but what ways are important?

    /Br Anders Sköllermo Ph.D., Swedish Actuary, IT-expert

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