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July 22, 2010

Protecode Unveils System 4

Software governance and Intellectual Property (IP) management solutions provider Protecode Inc. has announced the newest version of Protecode (News - Alert) System 4, a solution that allows businesses of all sizes to efficiently and cost-effectively identify open source content in their source code and determine their licensing obligations.

Installing as a simple overlay on existing design, development and testing environments without changing any existing workflows, System 4 has at its heart the Protecode open source reference database that matches source code against a comprehensive list of 450,000 open source software projects. System 4 leverages a modular architecture to enable a range of deployment possibilities. Made up of a set of lightweight clients installed throughout an organization, System 4 leads to minimal overhead on IT infrastructure and technical staff.

"Despite the increased use of open source and other third-party software, Protecode is among only a few vendors capable of analyzing code through its use of source code signature databases," said Jay Lyman, enterprise software analyst with The 451 Group (News - Alert). "Software such as Protecode's System 4 can enable enterprises to adopt and use open source software more effectively and safely."

"In the last year some big names have been involved in legal cases because they overlooked their open source license obligations. We developed Protecode System 4 to prevent that sort of problem," said Mahshad Koohgoli (News - Alert), CEO, Protecode. "Now organizations can scan all incoming source code and outgoing software products to make sure their licensing view is up-to-date and their legal obligations are being managed."

The enhancements in the new version fall in three main categories - scalability, a new user interface and improved data relevance. The new version allows an organization to instantiate multiple virtual instances of Protecode System 4 enabling different groups within the organization to set up their own open source management systems with specific roles and intellectual property policies. In addition, System 4 is equipped with a revised web UI that delivers streamlined download, installation, and configuration. The new version also boasts a considerably improved navigation of software components and corresponding license obligations for greater ease of use and efficiency.

With its wide repertoire of products and services, Ontario, Canada based Protecode has been helping enterprises achieve the required governance and rationalize their source code assets. In another article TMCnet reported that Protecode has unveiled an extension to the Protecode Enterprise IP Analyzer product in its flagship product suite of IP assessment tools.

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

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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