OpenChain Launches Pilot Partner Program

By August 15, 2017News

OpenChain Launches Pilot Partner Program

SAN FRANCISCO, United States, August 15, 2017 — The OpenChain Project today announces the launch of a Pilot Partner Program.The OpenChain Project has selected five entities closely aligned with OpenChain, the open source legal sphere, and the embedded space to test the parameters of what can become a scalable program in 2018. This is intended to help ensure that companies seeking to become OpenChain Conformant and who want guidance can obtain professional services. The Partner Program is another milestone in building an increasingly self-sustaining eco-system.

“The foundation of any successful initiative is a vibrant eco-system,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Program Manager. “OpenChain partners can help other legal entities become OpenChain Conformant. The OpenChain Project is keen on developing the partner program and working towards its success. We are equally keen to ensure that any organization, anywhere can adopt OpenChain easily on their own. Today marks the beginning of how we approach building a supportive community that provides freedom of choice for everyone.”

Andrew Katz, Head of Technology at Moorcrofts said “I’ve been talking about OpenChain to companies involved in the FOSS supply chain from tiny startups to multinationals, and I’ve never come across a positive response like this before. Everyone I talk to immediately gets it, and asks why someone hasn’t done it already: the response is equally strong from technologists as it is from lawyers. I’m so excited to be a part of this, as are the initial group of clients we’re working with on OpenChain.”

Catharina Maracke, founder of the Software Compliance Academy, said: “Compliance within the FOSS supply chain goes far beyond the administrative task of understanding and managing FOSS licenses. A neatly executed FOSS compliance strategy can be the game changer in every business deal. Establishing OpenChain as a standard for FOSS compliance processes and best practices will help our clients implement better compliance strategies and manage software more efficiently. We are delighted to be part of the OpenChain community.”

“Software organizations we work with at Source Auditor are seeing many benefits from OpenChain including improved FOSS compliance practices and better FOSS training”, said Gary O’Neall co-founder at Source Auditor. “We are pleased to be a contributor and partner with the OpenChain Project”.

“From Togán Labs inception, we’ve been 100% focused on providing our customers with tools and processes that help them reduce their time to market without sacrificing the quality checks that would expose them to licensing related liabilities. Through our partnership with OpenChain, we’re looking forward to helping even more organizations bring their products to market bearing the mark of OpenChain certification.” said Beth Flanagan, Togán Labs Co-Founder and CTO.

The OpenChain Project identifies key recommended processes for effective open source management. The project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent.

The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements.

The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

Organizations of all sizes are invited to review the OpenChain Project, to complete our free Online Self-Certification Questionnaire, and to join our community of trust.

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