editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Software Pedigree Check for Small Companies

It’s kind of a given these days that any major software project will contain more than just homegrown code. At the very least, it’s likely to have open-source bits and pieces in there. It’s Protecode’s business to provide tools to companies so that they can manage their code and know all of the licensing obligations and security issues.

But what if you’re a small company and, for instance, someone is looking at investing or buying you and wants to know the pedigree of your software for the purposes of due diligence? That sort of one-off lower-cost assessment is what’s behind Protecode’s just-announced QuickAudit service.

With this service, users upload their code to Protecode’s servers; the check is run in an automated fashion, and the result is an audit report detailing all of the contents, copyrights, and licenses along with an optional license obligation report.

Protecode’s experience is that there hasn’t been much pushback on uploading software to their servers; maybe 1 in 10 will object. In those cases, Protecode engages in a certification service project with them, and someone goes onsite to install the tool and manage things. Taking one to three weeks, this obviously costs more than the few thousand dollars for the simple automated online audit.

You can find more info on their release…  

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Feb 15, 2019
Monday is Presidents' Day, and Cadence (in the US) will be off for the day. Breakfast Bytes will be off too, and as is now traditional, the post before the break is about whatever I feel like.... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Feb 15, 2019
This year at DVCon US, Mentor is going to add some sizzle to our booth (#1005) during the exhibit hours. In addition to our stellar demo staff who are always available to answer questions and show you the latest capabilities of our tools, we’re also going to be hosting ...
Feb 14, 2019
Samtec'€™s complete line of discrete wire connectors and cable assemblies are used in a variety of applications, including industrial automation, industrial equipment, security, telecom, automation, controls, military and defense, and transportation, to name a few. Samtec d...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...