Black Duck Software
|Founded||Massachusetts, USA (2002)|
|Key people||Lou Shipley, Chief Executive Officer
Ken Goldman, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Aitken, Olliance Consulting
Jim Berets, Product Management
Alan Facey, Chief Customer Officer
Phil Granof, Chief Marketing Officer
Bill McQuaide, Strategic Services and Customer Success
Phil Odence, Corporate and Business Development
Tammi Pirri, Human Resources and Administration
Peter Vescuso, Marketing
Andi Zink, Chief Technology and Products Officer
|Products||Black Duck Code Center
Black Duck Protex
Black Duck Export
Black Duck Software is a private company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. Black Duck Software is a provider of consulting and software for enabling enterprise adoption of open source software (OSS). The company’s products and services allow organizations to analyze the composition of software source code and binary files, search for reusable code, manage open source and third-party code approval, honor the legal obligations associated with mixed-origin code, and monitor related security vulnerabilities.
In 2011, Black Duck acquired the open source business strategy consulting company Olliance Group which organizes and manages the Open Source Think Tank conference on the commercial application of open source, mobile and cloud computing technologies. In 2013, the Olliance Group fully integrated into the company, changing its name to Black Duck Consulting.
Black Duck Software maintains a KnowledgeBase of open source and third party components - most of which are available on the Internet. Each component is characterized by metadata such as license, language, version, author, and known security vulnerabilities. Black Duck products use this information to facilitate search, selection, approval, auditing and tracking of software components. Black Duck Software also maintains the open source search engine Ohloh Code, a free resource for software developers, and Ohloh.net, a free public directory of open source projects and contributors.
Douglas (Doug) Levin founded Black Duck in 2002, at a time when litigation over open source and software intellectual property began in the United States, including the high-profile SCO v. IBM case. The idea struck him that there should be an automated way to keep track of and verify software code origins. Today the company is focused on the broad adoption, governance and enablement of OSS across the application development lifecycle.
Black Duck Software began shipping its first product, Protex, in 2004. In July 2004, the company had its first round of venture capital funding for $5 million, with investments from Flagship Ventures  and General Catalyst Partners.
In March 2005, the company announced a hosted service, Black Duck Transact In June 2005, a second round of funding added $12 million in investment capital led by Fidelity Ventures of Boston and including Intel Capital (a division of Intel Corporation), SAP Ventures (a division of SAP AG) and Red Hat, along with existing investors Flagship Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. Throughout 2005, the company created partnerships with other open source organizations, including Red Hat, the Open Source Software Institute, Sourceforge, and Olliance Group .
During 2006 Black Duck integrated Protex with the IBM Rational  management platform  and released the Black Duck Export product. Also in 2006, the company expanded its distribution network to include resellers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Israel, and Korea.
In February 2007, Black Duck Software completed a third round of venture capital investment for $12 million, led by Focus Ventures and also including existing investors. The company joined the Open Solutions Alliance  in April 2007, received IBM SOA Specialty acceptance in October  and, in November 2007, added distribution partners in Hong Kong. Also in November 2007, the company began a distribution partnership with NEC in Japan.
On February 10, 2009, the company announced Tim Yeaton as the new President and CEO of Black Duck Software.
In January 2011, Black Duck acquired The Olliance Group, a privately held independent open source business and strategy consulting firm.
In October 2013, the Olliance Group changed its name to Black Duck Consulting.
In May 2011, Black Duck Software was honored with an SBANE Innovation Award
Ranked in Software Magazine’s Software 500 largest global software companies for the fourth consecutive year
In June 2010, Black Duck Software was listed as one of the Lead411's Hottest Boston Companies.
In 2012, Black Duck was named a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe
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Black Duck Software’s flagship product, the Black Duck Suite, automates key processes related to open source code management over the application development (AppDev) life cycle, including search, select, approve, audit and ongoing monitoring. The Suite includes Protex, Code Center and Export, and each of these use the Black Duck KnowledgeBase to identify and manage the reuse of open source and third party code. The Black Duck KnowledgeBase is continuously updated with downloadable code from Internet sites and software vendors, including development kits, proprietary applications, operating systems, and the associated proprietary and open source licenses. Black Duck also offers Code Sight™, a scalable, syntax-specific (43 languages) source code search engine that can be used to search personal codebases, team codebases, and Enterprise-wide code repositories. Code Sight can be used stand alone or in addition to the Suite’s component search capability.
- Black Duck Suite is an advanced enterprise-class solution to the unique management, compliance and security challenges associated with open source.
- Black Duck Protex is a platform that helps companies administer how their software assets are created, managed and licensed.
- Black Duck Export is the world’s first and only solution specifically for encryption export compliance management for software and software-based assets.
- Black Duck Code Center streamlines the search, selection, approval and tracking of software components, even across geographically dispersed development organizations, by finding and tracking reusable open source code.
- Black Duck Code Sight is a scalable source code search engine that enables developers to find, understand, and reuse internal code.
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Black Duck services include:
- Audit Services provide a comprehensive software component inventory and audit to find unknown open source and third-party software, as well as encryption technology that may be subject to regulation. Audits are frequently used in M&A technical due diligence to identify potential intellectual property (IP) ownership and/or regulatory issues. Open source consulting services, offered by Black Duck Consulting, help assess, plan and implement open source strategies for businesses.
- Product Implementation is a customized offering that helps implement Black Duck governance and compliance solutions quickly and easily
- Black Duck Training, which helps you increase productivity and innovation by ensuring your teams understand how to maximize the value of Black Duck solutions
- Mergers and Acquisitions services will help you evaluate code before an acquisition and automate software code evaluation to ensure that both companies interested in acquiring others and those who wish to be acquired perform the necessary due diligence.
Partners & alliances
Black Duck Software supports and collaborates with companies and organizations throughout the open source sphere. A member of the Eclipse Foundation, the Linux Foundation, the Open Solutions Alliance, and the Open Source Software Institute, Black Duck also participates actively in the Linux Foundation SPDX working group which it has co-chaired from its inception.
The company is also an associate member of the GENIVI Alliance helping to provide open source compliance strategy, program development and training to Alliance members, which include top automakers and automotive software suppliers.
Technical integration with IBM Rational and Microsoft Visual Studio adds Black Duck functionality to executive-level software management. Open source consultancies work with Black Duck Software to help their clients adopt and implement open source policies that honor licenses while capturing the cost savings of open source software reuse. Similarly, Black Duck has established partnerships with a number of law firms to provide accurate determination of software pedigree—especially helpful when preparing software asset valuation for mergers and acquisitions.
In an interview on slashdot open source advocate Bruce Perens criticises Black Duck for pushing stories on the decline of the GPL, saying it isn't a real trend and that the apparent change is due to an increase in the use of web platforms which favour other types of open source licence.
Black Duck responded to Mr. Perens’ statement, claiming he was misinterpreting the company’s position, saying: “Our data – about the GPL or otherwise – is just that: data. We do not espouse any opinions about the data reported”.
Black Duck's ownership of Ohloh may be misleading; it engages with free and open-source projects rather than being a major contributor to them.
- Koders Company acquired by Black Duck Software in 2009
- Ohloh Company acquired by Black Duck Software in 2010
- Open Source Think Tank
- FOSSology - Open-source tool to find and manage licenses in a code base, launched in January 2008 by Hewlett Packard
- Ninka—Open source tool to identify licenses in source code.
- OSS Discovery - Open-source tool to find open-source software embedded in applications and installed on computers. Sourceforge project led by OpenLogic
-  “Open source lands in the enterprise with both feet,’’ InfoWorld, 6 August 2007.
-  ‘’Quacking Through Licensing Complexity,’’ San Diego Times, 6 August 2006.
- ‘’Battles over open source carve niche for startup,‘’ Boston Business Journal, 14 December 2007]
-  Black Duck Software Reports Another Year of Record Growth
-  Software 500 2012: 17% Revenue Growth
- "Black Duck Fully Integrates Open Source Consulting Capabilities"
-  Ohloh Code
-  Ohloh.net
- [www.opensourcedelivers.com] Open Source Delivers
-  Open Source Resource Center (OSRC)
- "Black Duck Software Gets $5 Million," Wall Street Journal, 26 July 2004.
-  “Black Duck Software secures $5M in Series A,” Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology, 23 July 2004.
-  “Service Offers On-Demand Tool for Finding Software-Licensing Violations” InformationWeek, 28 March 2005.
-  “Black Duck Software raises $12M in 2nd VC round,” Boston Business Journal, 6 June 2005.
-  “Black Duck Software Expands Integration Of protexIP/development 4.0 In Ready For IBM Rational Software Validation Program,” Enterprise Open Source Magazine, 7 December 2006
-  “Black Duck debuts US encryption compliance,” Infoworld, 16 October 2006.
-  “Open Source Firm Black Duck Expands Reseller Network In Australia And NZ,” AjaxWorld International, 2 August 2006.
-  “Black Duck flies into UK with Atos Origin,” Computing, 30 June 2006.
-  “Black Duck Software Expands International Reach With New Distribution Partners in Israel and the United Kingdom” Press Release14 November, 2006.
- ”Black Duck's CEO Douglas Levin to Deliver Keynote at LinuxWorld Korea” Press Release 5 June 2006.
-  “Valley firms join $12M Black Duck round,” Silicon Valley San Jose Journal,14 February 2007.
-  Open Solutions Alliance home page.
-  “Black Duck Software Accepted Into the IBM SOA Specialty,” Press Release 15 October 2007
-  “Black Duck Software Further Expands its Presence in the Far East” Press Release 19 November 2007.
-  “NEC and Black Duck Software Partner to Offer Software Component Management Solutions in Japan” Press Release 19 November 2007.
-  Black Duck Code Center product page.
-  Linux Insider: Black Duck Offers Developers a New Tool to Manage Code.
-  "Black Duck acquires Koders.com"
-  "Software Industry Veteran Tim Yeaton Named New CEO of Black Duck Software"
- "Black Duck Software Acquires Ohloh.net from Geeknet; Purchase a Boon to Developers"
- "Black Duck Software Acquires Olliance Group; Enterprise Offerings Span Open Source Strategy, Implementation, Governance and Management"
- "Black Duck Software Honored as 2011 SBANE Innovation Award Winner"
- "The SD Times 100 2011: They write the songs"
- "Black Duck Software Named to Software Magazine’s 29th Annual Software 500"
- Lead411 launches "Hottest Boston Companies" awards
- Black Duck Software Named "Cool Vendor" by Leading Analyst Firm
- http://www.blackducksoftware.com/news/releases/2012-11-05"Press Release"
- Black Duck Suite product page
- Black Duck Protex product page
- Black Duck Export product page
- Black Duck Code Center product page
- Black Duck Code Sight product page
- Audit Services page
- Product Implementation page
- Black Duck Training Services
- Mergers and Acquisitions Require Technical Due Diligence
-  Black Duck partners page.
- Black Duck legal partners page
- Bruce Perens answers Slashdot's questions