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Altair announces outstanding adoption of its HyperWorks Partner Alliance after first year of operation

Corporate Contact:
Antoine Poussier
+1-248-614-2400 Ext. 293

200 customers have joined this revolutionary program

TROY, Mich. – October 8, 2009 – Altair (www.altair.com), a global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision making, announces a very successful first year of operating its HyperWorks Partner Alliance(HWPA). To date, more than 200 companies worldwide have joined the HWPA (www.hyperworksalliance.com), and gained access to partner applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks software licenses.

“When Altair introduced HyperWorks Units in 1999 it provided Multimatic with access to a number of additional Altair products, which significantly improved the efficiency of our engineering development process,“ says Alex Duquette, Analysis Manager for Multimatic Technical Centre. “The extension of this concept, known as the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, provides additional simulation capabilities including fatigue, CFD and occupant safety at no additional cost. Multimatic took advantage of this program as soon as it became available, and it has resulted in better utilization of Multimatic’s investment in HyperWorks Units and allows us to offer a broader and more complete range of analysis services.”

Dr. Michael Wahl, Vice President of Engineering for Achates Power, adds, “with Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance, we are able to take advantage in a cost-effective way of a broad range of analysis tools that we may only use as few as 6-8 times a year. Additionally, because all licenses pull from a common pool we have the flexibility to instantaneously change our usage to meet our own internal demands. The Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance has been invaluable in helping us meet our CAE software needs.”

HyperWorks Partner Alliance members can optimize their total software investment by leveraging their HyperWorks license to gain on-demand access to a growing portfolio of best-in-class third-party solutions. The HWPA model provides unprecedented flexibility and ease of deployment making new technology available without the traditional cost and burdens associated with acquiring new software. Additionally, customers receive application support directly from the partner’s technical experts, ensuring the successful deployment of these new technologies.

“The HWPA allows our customers to develop better products faster and at lower costs,” says James Scapa, Altair Chairman and CEO. “The early success of the HWEC is evidence that customers are seeking more equitable software delivery models and will embrace programs which improve their business performance.”

HyperWorks is a platform of 28 applications developed by Altair augmented with 25 partner applications through the HWPA. Its patented licensing technology allows users to transparently share access to this broad suite of applications across their global network infrastructure.

“The HyperWorks Partner Alliance gives us a lot of flexibility because it lets us use the best software for each particular job we encounter,“ says Juergen Veith, Managing Director of Tecosim GmbH. “In addition, we are also able to try new products at no extra cost, saving the company money.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Siegfried Bludszuweit, CEO of MET Motoren, explains, “the HyperWorks Partner Alliance gave us the ability to utilize state of the art fatigue analysis software through existing HyperWorks Licenses. Now we are able to offer our customers more in depth analysis in a shorter period of time.”

Altair has significantly expanded the partner software available to customers through the HWPA. Initially launched one year ago with six partners providing 15 applications, today the Alliance includes eleven partners providing 25 applications.

“nCode, as the first partner to make its software available to Altair customers through the HWPA, worked very closely with the Altair team to develop the integration of DesignLife” said Steve Tudberry, Vice President of nCode Software Brand of HBM. “We just completed our first full year in the program and overall the experience has exceeded our expectations for revenue growth, new customers and demand for our entire product range. While every new partnership require focus and determination, I am delighted with the overall success of the program and look forward to the future”

Partner Applications currently available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance include; AcuSolve and AcuConsole from ACUSIM, CFD++, CAA++ and MIME from Metacomp, DesignLife from nCode, DSHplus from FLUIDON, FEKO Suite from EMSS, FEMFAT from Magna, MADYMO suite from TASS, SC/Tetra suite from Software Cradle, Sculptor from Optimal Solution Software, solidThinking and inspired from solidThinking and VMAP from TechPassion.

About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

About the HyperWorks Partner Alliance
HyperWorks uses a subscription-based software licensing model, where software licenses float across the enterprise, and customers can use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair developed and third party software applications. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, visit www.hyperworksalliance.com.

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