OpenLogic Announces SPDX, Code Contributions

OpenLogic is, as the name implies, an open-source company. It makes an open PaaS called CloudSwing that’s designed to offer more flexibility to enterprise users leveraging multiple technology stacks, and also offers a free compliance tool called OSS Discovery.

OSS software is open as well, and fullfills a very important role in the development process. It scans code for any third party components – with the exception of proprietary ones – and identifies them, automating what is otherwise a very tedious manual process. But in spite all of the advantages that come with open-source solutions there’s still a gap to fill: standardization.

In this case it’s the need for the means to easily aggregate license info and store this data in one unified format, which is easier said than done in large and complex environments. This is what the Software Package Data Exchange specification aims to be–a Linux Foundation project sponsored by over 20 software companies.

Today OpenLogic announced that the OLEX Enterprise Edition now supports the SPDX standard, alongside its latest contribution to the initiative. The PaaS vendor is open-sourcing a few SPDX, a decision that apparently makes it the first  scanning vendor to “create and freely share SPDX files for commonly used projects.”

“OpenLogic has been a leader in developing the SPDX specification and was one of six companies to participate in the SPDX beta program,” said Steve Grandchamp, CEO of OpenLogic. “We support the community coming together like this to make compliance easier and ultimately promoting the growth of open source software in the enterprise. SPDX provides a software ‘ingredient label’ for everyone in the software supply chain to know what they are receiving and possibly passing along to others.”

OpenLogic is a giving something back to the community, now that things are starting to work out pretty well for the company. A couple months ago it reported a 45 percent increase in fourth quarter revenue, although no specific figures were cited.