Black Duck Software announced new code analytics services to produce the new Black Duck Code Quality Audit (CQA) report.
Black Duck Software has announced
the availability of expanded audit services with the addition of new code
analytics that can help organizations acquiring new technology better track the
code in their environments.
The new audit services in the Black
Duck Code Quality Audit (CQA) deliver a comprehensive code quality report for
internal audits and merger and acquisition due diligence. The analysis
evaluates key software quality criteria, including code reliability, efficiency
and maintainability to help companies manage operational risk and reduce
support costs. By using a trusted third-party, companies can ensure the
intellectual-property assets of a prospective acquisition remain confidential,
Black Duck said in a press release.
Black Duck developed the new service
with the input of some of its customersincluding some of the largest and most
active acquirers in the industry. The service culminates in a report designed
to help corporate and business development managers compare their code against
industry best standards for coding.
The Black Duck CQA uses static
analysis, comparative analysis and inspection of development processes to create
an overall assessment of code base quality. To address the urgency and risk
typical of situations that call for a code quality audit, the Black Duck CQA
quickly determines if the code analyzed is structured to enable efficient,
ongoing development; is complex and might drive up maintenance costs; is
well-documented; and follows industry best practices regarding the software
development lifecycle (SDLC).
"When we look at an M&A
opportunity, this type of analysis is crucial to our due diligence
efforts," said Todd Richmond, vice president of enterprise architecture at
Sabre Holdings, in a statement. "We're pleased that Black Duck, a trusted
vendor, is adding this comprehensive analysis to their repertoire of audit services."
As a one-week or less process, Black
Duck CQA brings speed, expertise and tooling to facilitate a comprehensive
evaluation. When combined with the Black Duck Open Source Audit, users can get
a deep view into their own or a target an organization's code assets, Black
Duck officials said.
"With hundreds of customers and
experience in M&A deals valued at over $70 billion, Black Duck is the
trusted partner for software IP assessments," said Tim Yeaton, president
and CEO of Black Duck, in a statement. "As acquisitions grow in importance
as part of many companies' corporate development strategies, there is increased
demand for better and more comprehensive vetting of software assets, and we're
excited to meet that need with the CQA service."
The Black Duck CQA report has a
detailed breakdown, including a development process analysis and assessment of
the quality of technical documentation and comments, code complexity and
comparisons benchmarked on known code bases.
"Black Duck's Code Quality
Audit has provided us with key metrics around our code base, ranging from
information on code structure, its documentation, scalability and level of
maintainability," said John Collins, president and CEO of Nolij, a
document imaging and data integration software maker, in a statement. "The
descriptive audit was completed with speed and expertise, two qualities we can
always expect from Black Duck."