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StatSoft has announced that Telenor Digital has selected Statistica Decisioning Platform for its global risk analysis solution. Telenor Digital is trying to

provide flexible credit instruments and opportunities to customers. For this purpose, Telenor Digital evaluated leading analytic software platforms available on the market to supply the critical capabilities for modelling, model management, model deployment, and compliance reporting. Important requirements included the analytics platform’s ability to accommodate diverse regulatory and physical constraints of deployment, flexibility with respect to interoperability with other systems, and easy deployment to virtual and cloud environments.


solidThinking has announced it has recently added seven new companies to its global network of channel partners. These partners will provide solidThinking Inspire and solidThinking Evolve software and support to customers in countries including Brazil, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The new companies that have been made channel partners include: Eng-IT (UK), Global Informatica (Italy), MechWorks Tecnologia (Brazil), MR Services (Italy), Softwarebox (Germany), Unit Trend (Italy), and Weisoft (Italy).


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Obituary: Felix Grant 1952-2014

The longest-serving contributor to this magazine, Felix Grant, died suddenly in January at the age of 61

or nearly 20 years, his expert reviews and feature articles on statistics and data analysis have been a focal point of

the magazine. He also wrote a joint column with Ray Girvan for many years, under the pseudonyms of ‘Lovelace and Babbage’. Separately from his contributions to this magazine, he also wrote a blog: sammysdot.blogspot. com. He is survived by his partner, Jan Hynes, her daughter and son. His chosen specialism may often be

regarded as dry and impersonal, but the man himself was animated by a lively sense of humour and a passionate commitment to education and to aiding the poor and disadvantaged, both through the application of science to problems of development and by direct personal assistance. All five editors for whom he worked remember him with great affection.

Felix spent much of his youth living and working abroad. He studied for his first degree in mathematics at Haifa University, prior to which he had been living in Cyprus, and he studied in Stockholm for his PhD. He spent a lot of time working in Ethiopia and Sudan,

where he saw at first-hand the effects of war and famine. For this reason, he was a supporter of Third-World charities, in particular ‘Health Unlimited’ and ‘Health, Poverty, Action’. He taught mathematics at an FE college and, according to Vanessa Spedding, editor of SCW until 2000: ‘was much-loved for the extra-curricular support he gave to any students in need. He was at one time prone to disappearing off at zero notice on aid missions to disaster areas and helping

Festival in 1969, the quintessential expression of the ideals, hopes, and aspirations of the period. When Wilkie remarked that it was an impressive achievement, he replied: ‘Not really. I have spent a lifetime trying to live down the fact that I came home without knowing that Jimi Hendrix had been there...’ (In fact, most of the audience had left to find their way home long before Hendrix came on as the last act on the Monday morning.)

Most people only got to watch the


in whichever way he could. He was one of life’s quietly amazing people: always helping and supporting, sometimes in no less than heroic ways.’ His self-deprecating, dry wit was in evidence when he described his hippie youth in an exchange of emails with Tom Wilkie, the magazine’s editor in chief. His hair had been so long, he said, ‘that I could sit on it.’ Despite his youth, he was at the Woodstock

film but, again in a self-deprecating twist, Felix recalled: ‘If you watch the bit where Timothy Leary is sounding off on a grassy mound, you can catch a very brief glimpse of me (on the left and some way behind him) making an utterly fruitless attempt to gain the attention of a young woman wearing no blouse.’ He was a remarkable man and he will be missed.

Altair to acquire EM Software Systems

Altair is to acquire EM Software Systems (EMSS). EMSS consults for electromagnetic field analysis and antenna design, and produces FEKO, an electromagnetic solver aimed at the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding industries. Altair already produces engineering simulation software within the Hyperworks suite including OptiStruct, Radioss, MotionSolve, and AcuSolve. The EMSS software, FEKO, will enable


further solver functionality for Altair customers.

Dr Uwe Schramm, chief technical

officer at Altair, said, ‘Integration of the FEKO suite of electromagnetic solutions with Altair HyperWorks will give our customers access to additional smart multiphysics and design optimisation capabilities, for instance addressing coupled electromagnetic-thermal or electromagnetic-mechanical problems.’

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