Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), has completed the acquisition of RapidMiner, a leader in advanced data analytics (DA) and machine learning (ML) software.
RapidMiner's low-code platform is used by more than one million people of all skill levels to develop production-scale data pipelines and ML models, putting advanced data analytics into the hands of those who know the domain problems best. It provides hundreds of powerful, drag-and-drop building blocks to transform and augment data—greatly accelerating work for coders and non-coders alike—and its flexible delivery models provide users and enterprises with the scale they need, from a user's desktop to on-premises servers to secure, multi-tenant cloud.
"This acquisition significantly strengthens Altair's end-to-end DA portfolio, which already offers customers the power to understand, transform, act on and automate their data," said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. "ML is becoming an essential part of business, but often the barriers to building ML models are too high to get started. Too much data, not enough data science expertise, and insecure or unscalable production environments can all keep a business from executing on their DA vision. That's where RapidMiner can be transformative. Altair is well positioned to execute on the newly acquired technology from RapidMiner and continue to grow its existing business."
RapidMiner's cloud platform takes the best of RapidMiner desktop and adds the strength of the cloud, bringing additional scale and governance to the low-code platform. This multi-tenant, SaaS-ready version enables organizations to ramp up their data science workloads easily and safely.
RapidMiner resonates with users in the DA community due to its talented, hands-on technical team with decades of experience, led by founder and chief technology officer Dr. Ingo Mierswa, who has joined Altair. Under Mierswa's leadership, RapidMiner pioneered the entire concept of visual, explainable data science and was the first platform to introduce automatic data science, text analytics, automated feature engineering, deep learning and more.
RapidMiner reinforces Altair's DA market position in several verticals—especially manufacturing and financial services—through industry expertise and industry-specific ML techniques and data source connections. Sitting next to dozens of existing Altair products already in these verticals, RapidMiner presents an exciting new offering for new and existing customers who will be able to access existing Altair and RapidMiner products easily through Altair's unique units licensing model.
RapidMiner will be integrated with existing tools, such as Altair Knowledge Studio, Altair SmartWorks and Altair SLC, to provide a comprehensive, code-optional, multi-language, SaaS-ready, cloud-scale platform for enterprise DA and data science.
Masatomo Ayame, senior vice president for Altair Asia Pacific, said, "Organisations in APAC are eager to adopt DA, but are hampered by the lack of data scientists and infrastructure. RapidMiner's ability to quickly democratise advanced analytics technologies has the potential to be a game changer for many firms."
"In the coming months as Altair's customers re-calibrate for a post-COVID world, our engineers and support teams will work closely with them to harness the true power of analytics to transform their business."