SOURCE: Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software

November 10, 2009 09:38 ET

Commercial Use of Open Source Software Drives Significant Cost Savings for Enterprises and Development Organizations, Says Black Duck Analysis

The Average Software Product or Application Contains 22 Percent Open Source Software With an Estimated Value of $26 Million per Product or Application

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - Businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies, according to a recent survey of enterprise development organizations conducted by Black Duck Software ( Black Duck is the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Black Duck surveyed over 175 customers that used open source software in hundreds of development projects over the past 18 months. The results revealed that an average product or application contains almost 700 MB of code, 22 percent of which is open source software. The customers and applications included in the sample were drawn from a wide range of application segments, including many that aggressively use open source such as mobile, digital media, social media, financial services and enterprise software.

Using the COnstructive COst MOdel (COCOMO) technique, Black Duck estimates the cost of developing the 22 percent of open source software used by companies in the study sample at approximately $26 million per product or application.

"Open source has become part of the development fabric of companies in many sectors of the economy," said Tim Yeaton, CEO and President, Black Duck Software. "Driven by a new pragmatism with its roots in creating software more efficiently and effectively, development organizations and companies are using open source to gain significant competitive advantage in a multi-source development process. The 'not invented here' mentality is rapidly disappearing, and companies not pro-actively using open source are re-evaluating their approach. Today's markets demand a total focus on finding and using the right code for the job."

Black Duck's extensive work with commercial customers that build software using open source components gives the company broad insight into how open source is used and adopted across industries. The company spiders the Internet collecting open source and other downloadable code into a repository called the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, a database of more than 220,000 open source projects with tens of billions of lines of code from over 4,500 unique Internet sites. Daily updates of open source statistics can be found at

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software, at enterprise scale, in a multi-source development process. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, security and compliance challenges associated with open source software. Black Duck Software powers, the industry's leading code search engine for open source, and is among the 500 largest software companies in the world, according to The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world. For more information, visit

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