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Gartner Selects Black Duck as "Cool Vendor" in App Development


April 28, 2010

Gartner Selects Black Duck as "Cool Vendor" in App Development

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor


Gartner, which provides IT professionals the insight they need to be successful, also lists and highlights interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services in the area of technology. It defines a cool vendor as a company, which offers innovative, impactful, and intriguing solutions in the last six months.

According to a report by Gartner (News - Alert) Inc., Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, has been included in the prestigious "Cool Vendors in application Development."

Using open source software, Black Duck enables increased productivity and faster innovation in multi-source development. At the same time it manages the associated risks and ensures compliance.

'Multi-source development with open-source software has become virtually ubiquitous among mainstream IT organizations. Whether they know it or not, 80 percent or more of Global 2000 IT organizations use open source technologies today,' Tim Yeaton, president and CEO, Black Duck Software (News - Alert), said.

Yeaton added that strategic use of open source offers savvy development organizations opportunities to speed time-to-solution and increase business value while reducing costs.

The process of evaluation by Gartner takes into account the delivering capabilities in several key areas of the application development, and Black Duck was one of five companies identified as a "Cool Vendor."

The Black Duck Suite, which is the company's flagship offering, is a comprehensive management platform that automates the discovery, analysis and governance of software assets. Organizations who used the suite were able to identify, adopt and manage open source code, simultaneously speeding the development process, while addressing all the challenges associated with open source use.

A foundation element of the Suite is the Black Duck KnowledgeBase. This is the industry's most comprehensive database of open source software and associated license and other information, including over 230,000 projects from more than 4,700 sites.

In addition, Black Duck maintains the free open source search engine, and this is used by thousands of developers to search billions of lines of code written in over 30 languages and identified with 29 software licenses.

BlackDuck 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.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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