We have a new release of WPS out the door and we wanted to share the news! This is a major release and includes a number of new features and procedures.
New and Enhanced Communication Features
WPS Link – WPS Link is an interface for the communication between a desktop version of WPS (or a fat client) and a WPS Server. WPS Link implements the Eclipse Workbench that allows a user to submit WPS programs from their desktop to a server. WPS Link also includes a file explorer where a user can store their programs on the server and access them as if they were on their desktop. WPS Link will only talk to a WPS Server and does not provide desktop-to-desktop communications. WPS Link is included as part of your WPS license fee.
WPS Communicate – is a product that allows for the remote submitting and scripting of WPS programs to a server. It differs from WPS Link in that WPS Communicate allows for the Upload and Download of files and data sets programmatically. Communicate will only communicate between a desktop copy of WPS and a Server or Server-to-Server. WPS Communicate does not provide desktop-to-desktop communications. The WPS Communicate client is included in your desktop license and a server connection is included with a server license of WPS.
PROC ARIMA – Arima (autoregressive moving averages) is a time series modeling technique to help better understand your data or predict future points in a data series.
PROC EXPAND – is a procedure that allows the WPS user to expand or contract time series data and interpolate missing values as well.
PROC FORECAST – a forecasting module that implements basic forecasting methods that are highly automated. Proc forecast is able to forecast hundreds of series at a time using either separate variables or with the use of the By statement.
PROC HTTP – allows access to remote “cloud-based” files.
PROC JAVAINFO – allows the WPS developer to ascertain information about the Java environment that WPS is using.
PROC KDE – The KDE procedure performs either univariate or bivariate kernel density estimation.
PROC R – Proc R is the first procedure written by World Programming that is unique to WPS. Proc R allows you to execute R code from within the Eclipse environment and to exchange data frames and WPS data sets between the two applications.
PROC Soap – The Proc Soap procedure reads in XML from a file using a fileref and writes XML output to another file that also has a fileref.
PROC VARCLUS – Varclus is a procedure that implements variable reduction by separating variables into non-overlapping groups (i.e. clusters).
PROC X12 – is a procedure that seasonally adjust time series data either monthly or quarterly.
New System Features
DBCS – Double Byte Character Support is now available for the first time in this release. DBCS allows for support for languages that have more than 256 characters. Not available on z/OS.
JavaObj – is an interface that allows the WPS and Java developer to run Java Programs from WPS.
Secure Email – WPS now has support for secure email.
Database Engine Features
SAP Hana – Support for SAP’s in-memory database is now included as a new access engine.
Actian Matrix – A new database engine for Actian Matrix (formerly Paraccel) has been implemented and is included as a component of the system.
Netezza – WPS engine for Netezza named pipe bulk loading and unloading.
MySQL – Added bulk insert functionality for MySQL.
SSL – added support for SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
Pricing and licensing
Pricing for the new release remains the same starting at $1,311 for a new workstation license. Don’t expect any price increases until the end of the year. In regards to licensing, there are no up-charges for Data Service Providers.
Evaluations and Quotes
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About the author: Phil Rack is President of MineQuest Business Analytics, LLC located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Phil has been a SAS language developer for more than 25 years. MineQuest provides WPS and SAS consulting and contract programming services and is a authorized reseller of WPS in North America.