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OpenLogic Exchange Expands Open Source Compliance

The OLEX software as a service now includes alert options, as well as automatic delta and command line scanning.

Enterprise open source software developer OpenLogic on Wednesday expanded the capabilities and features of OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX), its software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for provisioning, governance, scanning and compliance.

The Broomfield, Colo.-based vendor's SaaS solution is designed to help agile-development organizations track open source usage and ensure they are complying with open source licenses and internal policies. To further help companies accomplish these goals, OpenLogic now includes three new feature sets in OLEX's License Compliance Module.

With command line scanning, the command line interface lets developers automatically start OpenLogic's OSS Deep Discovery scanner when code is built or upon the completion of an interaction or sprint.

New delta scanning capabilities allow developers to focus on open source solely in new or changed code, reducing the time required to review and analyze results, according to OpenLogic.

Finally, OLEX's new alert options automatically notify developers whenever it locates new open source, so they can quickly respond, ensuring the project stays on-schedule and on-budget.

"Companies distributing software need to understand what open source they are using at the time it is introduced into the codebase," said Rod Cope, OpenLogic's co-founder and CTO. "This way issues around open source licensing and compliance can be addressed immediately instead of waiting till a product is ready to ship. With the widespread use of agile development methodologies that result in fast release cycles, companies can't afford delays in finding out about open source usage."

OpenLogic, which joined the Linux Foundation in October 2010, provides organizations with a certified library of open source software that includes many popular open source packages via OLEX, a free website. Using OLEX, enterprises can find, research and download certified, business-ready open source software on demand.

"In our work with large enterprises, we find adoption of open source continues to accelerate. The explosive growth of technologies such as mobile and cloud computing will drive additional use of open source software," said Steven Grandchamp, CEO of OpenLogic, earlier this year.

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