SOURCE: VA Software Corporation

June 13, 2005 07:00 ET

Black Duck and VA Software Launch Integrated Compliance Management and Collaborative Development Solution

Integrated Solution Solves Common Legal, Business and Development Challenges Associated With Developing Software

WALTHAM, MA and FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2005 -- Black Duck Software, a provider of software compliance management solutions, and VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), a provider of software, information and community support for IT and development professionals, today launched an integrated product that includes Black Duck's innovative protexIP™ software compliance management system and VA's award-winning SourceForge® Enterprise Edition. By automating key intellectual property (IP) management and license compliance functions and integrating them within an agile global development environment, the integrated solution helps distributed teams improve their productivity through more effective use of open source code and licensed proprietary assets. The two companies are now jointly marketing and selling the integrated solution.

"The growing use of open source code and components from third parties in the software development process increases management complexity and can create business and licensing issues that put software assets at risk," said Melissa Webster, research director with IDC. "Corporations need the ability to automate effective reuse of internal or open source assets while ensuring compliance with license obligations -- key ingredients to maximum development efficiency."

"The open source community has created a great, collaborative way to develop software," said Doug Levin, Black Duck's president and CEO. "But to be ready for the business world, developers need to make sure that resulting projects do not have underlying IP problems or license compliance issues. We're very pleased to be partnering with VA Software to offer developers an easy way to ensure that their software solutions meet all relevant licensing obligations, and to offer development managers the ability to effectively manage valuable IP assets throughout their lifecycle."

"VA Software's customers can now minimize business risks and program delays across globally distributed teams," said Colin Bodell, CTO of VA Software. "This integrated solution makes IP management and compliance with both open source and proprietary licenses an integral part of the development process -- not an afterthought. Developers, development managers, executives and legal teams will be able to improve development efficiency and control over IP compliance."

VA Software's SourceForge Enterprise Edition is a secure, centralized, enterprise-grade solution for optimizing and managing distributed development. Whether teams are distributed across the building, the country or around the world, SourceForge provides an easy to use, web-accessible solution that improves development efficiency and empowers collaboration and innovation. SourceForge optimizes distributed development by helping organizations deliver higher quality software in less time and with greater manageability and consistency.

Black Duck Software helps enterprises, vendors, outsourcers, integrators and government agencies preserve the value of their software intellectual property by providing products and services for understanding and safely managing software licensing compliance. The company's protexIP product line brings developers, lawyers, and business decision-makers together within an automated system that supports both the accelerated pace of development and the heightened sensitivity to business controls required in today's business environment.

The combination of SourceForge and protexIP will:

-- Improve Visibility and Control -- When implemented with protexIP, SourceForge Enterprise Edition becomes a powerful tool for centralizing code and seamlessly integrating license compliance policies into the development process. Compliance analysis can be scheduled or performed as needed, and resulting summaries can be viewed without leaving the SourceForge development environment.

-- Facilitate reuse -- It is widely acknowledged that software asset reuse is an effective way to reduce costs and save time. protexIP employs advanced digital Code Print technology and an online KnowledgeBase of thousands of open source projects and their associated licenses to quickly and accurately identify matching open source code within software. It then evaluates associated software licenses and helps determine the licensing terms under which code may be used, as well as identifying conflicts and constraints on code use.

-- Mitigate Risks, Support Regulatory Compliance -- SourceForge can automate or facilitate many of the control activities involved with compliance, particularly the controls around planning/program management and change management. Combining this with the software compliance management capabilities of protexIP, organizations can mitigate the risk associated with software licensing, and provide the process controls and auditability IT organizations need to support Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as quality frameworks such as CMM or ISO.

VA Software and Black Duck will jointly present a free webinar on June 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET, entitled "Managing Intellectual Property Across the Global Enterprise." To register, please visit www.blackducksoftware.com/news/events or call (877) 825-4689 (select option 1).

About VA Software

VA Software (NASDAQ: LNUX) is at the center of today's technology revolution and incites innovation by empowering the IT and developer communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG (Open Source Technology Group), and the creator of SourceForge. SourceForge.net® is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 100,000 Open Source projects and over 1 million registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-grade version of SourceForge for optimizing and managing distributed development within the enterprise. For more information about VA Software, visit www.vasoftware.com. For more information about OSTG, visit www.ostg.com.

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software™ is a leading provider of software compliance management solutions that help companies govern how software assets are created, managed, and licensed. Black Duck's offerings help businesses take maximum advantage of open source software while at the same time assure they satisfy the obligations associated with the code they use. Black Duck's customer base includes enterprises, product developers, outsourcers, law firms and other organizations worldwide that are concerned with protection of software intellectual property. For more information about Black Duck, visit www.blackducksoftware.com.

VA Software, OSTG, and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and other countries. Black Duck Software and protexIP are trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. All other trademarks herein are the properties of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Dan Ring
    Black Duck Software
    Tel: (617) 585-2202
    Email Contact

    Bret Clement
    Page One PR for VA Software
    Tel: (303)462-3057
    Email Contact