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May 25, 2011

OpenLogic Exchange Now Enables Collaboration on Open Source Compliance

OpenLogic has announced that OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX) now enables collaboration on open source compliance across the enterprise and the software supply chain.

OLEX is a software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) solution for comprehensive governance and provisioning of open source software. Now updated, this new collaborative compliance solution provides ways to track activities. In addition, using it, enterprises can share information among developers, legal and business staff within the enterprise.

Company officials said that enterprises can also collaborate with supply chain partners on compliance activities. In addition to audit history and audit notes, the new collaboration functionality in OpenLogic OLEX includes collaborative workflows; usage worksheet; and compliance report.

Audit History provides a complete history of each action in the compliance process, who did it and when it was done; while with Audit Notes, all stakeholders can share real time comments and notes to communicate issues and document decisions made during the compliance process.

Company officials said that Collaborative Workflows enables enterprises to create custom approval workflows for approving internal uses of open source or approving incoming code from vendors.

Moreover, Usage Worksheet allows developers and legal staff to collaborate in determining which open source license obligations apply based on how open source software is linked and used. In addition to the intuitive web interface, OLEX generates compliance reports in spreadsheet format for easy sharing among stakeholders, said company officials.

Noting that open source compliance is an activity that requires input from technical, legal and business staff, as well as supply chain partners, Kim Weins, senior vice president at OpenLogic, said that the company’s SaaS solution for open source compliance is well-suited for this collaboration among stakeholders.

“With this new version of OLEX, many different participants can efficiently work together to determine what open source is present, what licenses are relevant, and what compliance actions are required,” Weins said.

OpenLogic is a provider of open source solutions that enable enterprises to acquire, support, and control open source software.

Earlier this month, the company announced the results of its new research into the popularity and adoption of various open source licenses. The company found that while the GNU General Public License (GPL) is chosen most often by open source developers for their code, enterprises most often use open source software under the Apache License.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Chris DiMarco

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