SOURCE: Sonatype

April 19, 2011 08:30 ET

Sonatype Named "Cool Vendor" by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the "Cool Vendor" Report Are Innovative, Impactful and Intriguing

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Sonatype Inc., a company that is transforming software development and making open source software (OSS) enterprise ready, today announced it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the Cool Vendors in Open Source Software, 2011(i) report by Brian Prentice and Thomas Murphy of Gartner, Inc.

Through its products and infrastructure tools, Sonatype allows application development organizations to realize the benefits of OSS while minimizing business and technical risk. The company offers integrated, enhanced and supported versions of the most popular open source Java development infrastructure products, including Apache Maven, Nexus, Hudson and m2Eclipse. Sonatype enables development organizations to ensure the integrity of their application portfolios by using only the highest quality, most secure and most reliable OSS components throughout the entire application development lifecycle.

According to Gartner, "collaborative development is one of the most important dynamics of the open source phenomena, but few outside the veteran open source community and vendor open source development teams have paid much attention to how one actually manages the process."

"We consider our inclusion in the Cool Vendor report by Gartner confirmation of our ability to enable customers to unlock the power of OSS to improve application development and business performance," said Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype. "As development processes become more complex and agile development practices increase in popularity, demand for Sonatype's collaborative solutions and OSS governance infrastructure will continue to grow."

In the Jan. 31, 2011, Gartner, Inc. research note, A CIO's Perspective on Open-Source Software, Vice President and Research Director, Mark Driver writes: "When left unaudited and unmanaged, open-source assets 'seep' into and proliferate within an enterprise's software portfolio as hidden 'time bombs' that can eventually result in catastrophic technical failures, security failures, audit compliance violations and intellectual property (IP) risks that create a significant loss of IT value -- and, subsequently, broader business value."

Sonatype manages and contributes to Maven Central, the industry's repository for open source components containing more than 150,000 artifacts from most major OSS projects. The repository is accessed more than 300 million times each month by 40,000 organizations worldwide. Maven Central offers a unique facility to observe the consumption of OSS artifacts by application developers and to provide organizations with greater control and visibility into their software supply chain.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

About Sonatype Inc.
Sonatype is transforming software development. The company was founded by Jason van Zyl, the creator of Apache Maven, to deliver innovative solutions that increase developer productivity, improve project management and reduce business risk. Sonatype's value-added Maven products and services help organizations optimize their development process and create a standard development infrastructure. Software development organizations rely on Sonatype to deliver better software faster, while adhering to internal standards and policies. Sonatype is privately held with investments from Accel Partners, Bay Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Morgenthaler Ventures. For more information, visit:

Apache and Apache Maven are trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation. Maven Central is a service mark of Sonatype, Inc. Maven Central is intended to complement Apache Maven and should not be confused with Apache Maven.

(i) Gartner "Cool Vendors in Open Source Software" by Brian Prentice and Thomas Murphy, April 2011.

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