Black Duck Software acquires The Olliance Group, an open-source business and strategy consulting firm.
Black Duck Software, which sells
solutions to help enterprises manage the use of open-source software, has
announced it has acquired The Olliance Group, an independent open-source
business and strategy consulting firm.
of the deal through which Black Duck acquired the privately held company were
acquisition-Black Duck's fourth, and its third in a matter of months-expands
the company's offerings to include open-source business and strategy consulting
services to help enterprise IT clients capitalize on the benefits of open-source
software. Black Duck acquisitions include Koders.com, a free open-source code
search engine (2008); Ohloh.net, a free public directory of open-source
software and a vibrant Web community (from GeekNet in October, 2010); and
SpikeSource, a provider of software tools and services to automate application
component identification and assess security vulnerability (November, 2010).
Aitken, founder of the Olliance Group, and Greg Olsen, senior partner, will
join Black Duck. Olliance Group will be managed as a wholly owned and
independent business within Black Duck Software, Black Duck officials said.
Aitken will serve as general manager of the Olliance Group business unit, and
also will continue to independently organize and manage the Open Source Think
Tank, an event at which thought leaders from around the world gather to discuss
the future of commercial open source.
Duck has seen rapid growth since its founding in 2002, with a significant surge
in sales and revenue in the past 18 months," said Tim Yeaton, CEO
and president of Black Duck Software, in a statement. "This growth has fueled
our new investments and acquisitions, which have been undertaken to increase
the value of Black Duck's end-to-end offerings while supporting the adoption of
free and open-source software (FOSS) among enterprise IT and community
developers. Operating as an independent business unit, Olliance Group will have
the autonomy needed to give customers the objective advice they require as they
begin planning for successful FOSS use in their applications and
very excited to be able to add our brand, intellectual property, methodology,
processes and open-source strategy expertise to the leading enabler of open-source
software," Aitken said, also in a statement. "Black Duck's commitment to
supporting our mission to provide independent advice while leveraging their
resources is a win for Olliance, Black Duck and the industry."
Group has conducted more than 450 strategy engagements with clients, including
Fortune 500 enterprises, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), startup firms,
venture capital groups and government entities, Black Duck said.
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