Black Duck Software Inc., a provider of compliance management tools, has a new alliance with Olliance Group LLC, an open-source management consulting company, aimed at accelerating the adoption of open-source software by businesses.
The partnership, announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here last week, calls for the two to work together to help clients develop and implement strategies to deal with business, technical and risk management issues posed by open-source software, according to Douglas Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck, in Waltham, Mass.
The companies will combine Olliances expertise in open-source consulting with Black Ducks ProtexIP automated software compliance management tools.
Levin said Black Ducks ProtexIP system brings developers, lawyers and business decision makers together within an automated system that lets development teams identify and control what components are used within their code base, as well as automate the compliance process across their organization to support business policies.
"As more companies build, sell and deploy open-source solutions, understanding how to select and comply with an open-source license is becoming increasingly complex," said Andrew Aitken, managing partner of Olliance, in Palo Alto, Calif.
Black Duck also announced an alliance with OpenLogic Inc., which sells software and services around open-source development projects.
"Were expanding our relationships among the open-source stack providers," Levin said. "OpenLogic is another one of the companies making open source safe for business. The ecosystem is starting to grow. A lot of firms are coming in and finding value in what we do."