Phil Odence | Vice President & General Manager

Phil is General Manager of Black Duck On-Demand Audits. He works closely with Black Duck’s law firm partners and the open source community. A frequent speaker at industry events, Phil chairs the Linux Foundation's Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) working group. With over 20 years’ software industry experience, Phil came to Black Duck from Empirix where he served as Vice President of Business Development and in other senior management positions, and was a pioneer in VoIP testing and monitoring. Prior to Empirix, Phil was a partner and ran consulting at High Performance Systems, a startup computer simulation modeling firm. He began his career with Teradyne's electronic design and test automation (EDA) software group in product, sales and marketing management roles. Phil has an AB in Engineering Science and an MS in System Simulation from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Recent Posts

  A number of licenses have clauses stating that the software is not for use in a nuclear facility. The implications have never been completely clear to me. This has been a recent topic of interesting discussion and debate on the Apache legal list. Black Duck tracks about 2700 licenses in our

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Last week Black Duck released the 2017 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis. This is a great piece of research that should be of interest to anyone involved in tech M&A. The theoretical risks associated with open source are clear: most companies use a lot of open source but don’t sufficiently

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Kyle Mitchell, an open source-savvy, lawyer/developer, just published an interesting blog titled Open Source License Business Perception Report. He rates a list of popular licenses along two dimensions: Pain - how inconvenient they are to use; and Confusion - uncertainty in the meaning of

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Most of our readers understand that an open source software audit involves expert consultants analyzing a proprietary code base using Black Duck tools. The deliverable is a report that identifies open source in the code as well as associated risks. If you’d like to understand our process — what

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Black Duck is well-known for open source audits, but that is only a piece of the technology due diligence puzzle. Auditing code quality assesses other aspects of a company’s software assets and completely complements an open source audit. Both audit types dive into issues that impact the valuation

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Looking back five or ten years, companies managing open source risk were squarely focused on license risk associated with complying with open source licenses. Beginning in 2014, when open source security vulnerabilities began to get names (like Heartbleed, Shellshock and Poodle), open source

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is an extremely flexible, lightweight format for exchanging data of all sorts. It lives up to json.org’s description as “an ideal data-interchange format.” But use of some JSON projects is limited by the JSON license. Concern with the license is not new, but the

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The private equity industry has shifted a big focus to technology. An article from the Wall Street Journal says, “So far this year, tech companies accounted for 46% of all U.S. buyouts.” And TechCrunch muses that tech buyouts may be “the new IPO.” For software companies and their investors,

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Just two blocks from Mr. Trump’s victory celebration, Black Duck was also popping corks at the M&A Advisor Awards Gala where we received a Product and Service of the Year award for our Open Source Risk Assessment. These were the 15th annual such awards and our organization and service were

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I occasionally get the question about when a code base really really  needs an audit. Biased though I am, I sincerely believe that in anticipation of an M&A transaction whenever software assets are a significant part of the valuation of a company, someone ought to perform a detailed audit. Here I

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