Open source management
Open source software is all-pervasive. A lot of modern software development involves weaving together OSS components in new ways, rather than writing huge new blocks of code. This can lead to complex licensing issues and security vulnerabilities.
We can help you formulate your OSS management strategy, from policies and procedures for your own development, to diligence and contractual commitments in your supply chain, as well as interpreting and advising on code scans.
Vendor audits are often disruptive, and can result in large unexpected bills from allegations of breaching vague or complicated licensing rules. But it’s important to remember that vendors aren’t always right.
Vendors often don’t understand the law, or even their own licence agreements correctly. They can misunderstand the impact of local laws, overlook a bespoke deal agreed by a previous account manager, or simply miscalculate or overstate fees allegedly owed. The amount they want you to pay can also be negotiated down significantly in many cases.
We’ve got experience in resisting overbearing vendor audit demands, and have a proven track record of reducing or eliminating audit penalties for our clients.