This week we're kicking off Black Duck’s first user conference in EMEA, Flight Amsterdam. We had such tremendous success when we ran our inaugural event in Boston last fall that we wanted to reach our customers, partners and community on the other side of the pond. The event this week has generated enormous interest, not surprising given the impact that open source software has on application development today.
Earlier this year, Forrester Research released The Forrester Wave™: Software Composition Analysis, Q1 2017, which was significant for its recognition of the preeminence of open source software in application development today. Forrester's description of the application development landscape is consistent with what we see when engaging with customers and prospects worldwide.
Open source components comprise 80-90% of application code, and organizations are increasingly aware that they need to address the application security risk they face from unmanaged open source vulnerabilities. As we prepare for our conference, it's clear to me that our Black Duck community is working to ensure that their organizations take advantage of open source's benefits while managing the security and management challenges that have accompanied this explosion in open source use.
Training, Security and Legal
Flight Amsterdam combines pre-conference training with practical technical and educational content with access to some excellent speakers in both the open source security and legal worlds.
We’ll kick off the event with my session on The State of Open Source Security, sharing our research and my views on open source, its rapid growth and the array of security and management challenges related to the lack of visibility into and control of the open source in use.
Flight Amsterdam Sessions
We have two tracks at Flight Amsterdam — Security/Technology and Legal/M&A.
The Security track will detail best practices and new techniques for making sure that applications are free of known open source vulnerabilities while empowering application security in DevOps. Our Legal track's excellent speakers outline practical steps for scaling legal support for open source use as well as new legislation and recent legal challenges in the open source community.
There will be many excellent panels and general sessions, with plenty of opportunities to learn and put that learning into action. We also made time for fun and networking with our community in Europe. For those of you who follow our social media feeds, we'll be using #BDSFlight on Twitter and Instagram.
Ladies and gentlemen, we're looking forward to taking flight with you May 16th - 17th at the NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel.