Black Duck Software Delivers Ease of Use, Developer Productivity Gains for Enterprises with Black Duck Suite 6

Enhanced automation, new analysis methods, ease of use improvements and expanded KnowledgeBase increase flexibility and productivity without risk of false negatives

Mar 23, 2011, 09:00 ET from Black Duck Software

WALTHAM, Mass., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Duck Software today announced the availability of the Black Duck® Suite 6. The latest release of the company's enterprise-class management and governance platform increases developer productivity and speeds time to results by up to 10 times. The Black Duck Suite 6 enables organizations with up to thousands of developers and terabytes of code to realize the compelling benefits of free and open source software (FOSS) use in development, while mitigating the challenges and complexities associated with using it at scale. Black Duck Software is the leading global provider of strategy, products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of FOSS in a multi-source development process.

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The Black Duck Suite 6 includes many industry-leading advancements such as: rapid, automated discovery and identification of FOSS and other code without creating the risk of false negatives; a 'learned matching' capability to capture and leverage the knowledge of internal experts; a developer-focused component request capability, and expansion of its industry-leading KnowledgeBase, making Suite 6 more capable, efficient and user-friendly.

"The Black Duck Suite 6 features greatly improve developer productivity and meet EXFO's demanding enterprise needs for FOSS code identification, re-use and management," said Steve DesRochers, Senior Director, R&D, EXFO. "As the leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry, we need a fast, accurate and easy-to-use development management platform, and Suite 6 delivers."

Features of the Black Duck Suite 6 include:

  • Rapid ID™, a new advanced framework to automate the discovery and identification of FOSS and other code – Unlike rule-based systems that rely on simple filename matching, Rapid ID is a configurable automation framework which leverages the breadth and depth of Black Duck's KnowledgeBase. Rapid ID includes multiple analysis techniques, new built-in methods that automatically match most popular FOSS projects, and 'learned matching' to capture an organization's internal expertise. Rapid ID can be customized to meet an organization's needs, delivering project-specific or cross-enterprise results and speeding identification, discovery and time-to-results by up to 10X.
  • New FOSS approval request automation, which introduces a request-centric view for users. The new request area makes it easier for developers to create, clone and review component requests. A new wizard guides developers smoothly through the request process, speeding code re-use by up to 90 percent.
  • Expansion of its industry-leading Black Duck KnowledgeBase to 475,000 FOSS projects from over 5,000 sites, representing more than 100 billion lines of source code.
  • Make developers' lives easier. The Black Duck Suite 6 increases developer productivity, speeds time to results, and enables broader enterprise adoption of FOSS and code re-use.

"We estimate ~75 percent of Global 2000 enterprises use open source at some point in the software development lifecycle today, yet a minority of these organizations have established, open source governance policies and management tools in place," said Mark Driver, VP of  Research, Gartner, Inc. "To establish a balance between risk and reward in using OSS, Gartner recommends that development organizations seek solutions to actively manage and control all open source assets, whether developed in-house, directly acquired or embedded in commercial software and hardware products."

"In the Suite 6, Black Duck has delivered an end-to-end management and governance platform designed for ease of use and faster time to results, enabling enterprise FOSS adoption and increased productivity," said Bill McQuaide, Executive Vice President, Products and Strategy. "The Black Duck Suite 6 provides the most complete, multi-faceted analysis techniques and raises the bar for performance with its new Rapid ID automation framework. The Black Duck Suite 6 stands alone in its ability to discover and identify FOSS and other re-used code across the development lifecycle."

The Black Duck Suite 6 is generally available in 30 days. For more information please visit

About Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software is the leading provider of strategy, 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-solution and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, compliance and security challenges associated with open source software. Black Duck Software powers, the industry's leading code search engine for open source,, the largest community for and free public directory of open source, and The Olliance Group, the leading open source business and strategy consulting firm. Black Duck is among the 400 largest software companies in the world, according to The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, California, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. For more information, visit

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