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Open Source Management: Who Owns That Software?

Published: 18 April 2008

ID: G00203492

Analyst(s): Joe Niski


Open source software (OSS) is a positive force in the information technology (IT) industry, but it poses a number of challenges to organizations that want to reap its many benefits. The risks associated with license compliance and intellectual property (IP) protection cannot be ignored--enterprises must govern their OSS usage. Fortunately, open source management (OSM) tools can help. In this updated Application Platform Strategies overview, Senior Analyst Joe Niski describes OSS governance challenges, explains how OSM products work, and compares OSM products from Black Duck Software, Palamida, and OpenLogic.

Table Of Contents



  • The Growing Role of OSS
  • OSS Management Challenges
    • Complying with OSS Licenses
    • Protecting IP
    • Indemnification
    • Assessing Security Risks
    • Managing Component Inventory
  • OSS Governance Is a Team Sport
  • Core OSM Functionality
  • Evolution of OSM Tools and Market
  • Recommendations
    • Perform an OSS Audit
    • Establish an OSS Governance Program
    • Use an OSM Tool

The Details

  • Examples of Open Source License Disputes
  • Allegations of IP Infringement
  • OSM Products and Services
    • Black Duck Software
    • Palamida
    • OpenLogic
  • OSM Tool Architecture
    • Static Code Analysis at the Core
    • Additional Features



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