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Black Duck Partners with Atos Origin to Deliver Software Compliance Management Solutions to Enterprise Customers in the UK Market


International IT services company to fulfill UK demand for Black Duck’s protexIP™ suite of software compliance management solutions.

London and Waltham, MA, 3 July 2006 - Black Duck Software, the leading provider of software compliance management solutions, today announced an alliance with Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company. The companies will collaborate on the implementation of joint market offerings, bundling Black Duck’s protexIP suite with Atos Origin’s consulting, systems integration, and application management services. These unique offerings will enable UK enterprise customers to better understand and manage the increasingly complex intellectual property issues and licensing requirements associated with their software assets. Atos Origin is an industry leader in technology services, with annual revenues of EUR 5.5 billion and more than 47,000 employees worldwide.

Under this agreement, Atos Origin will leverage the automated code review and analysis capabilities of Black Duck’s protexIP suite to deliver software compliance management assessments as part of their compliance and governance practice areas. Using Black Duck’s software, the firm will establish policies related to installations of large software applications to ensure compliance with the software licenses governing those applications. Additionally, Atos Origin will provide strategies for the adoption of compliance, governance, and intellectual property (IP) management best practices.

“As software developers change their approach and incorporate much more open source and other third-party code in their work, more challenging regulatory and compliance scenarios emerge,” said Jacques Cosnefroy, Senior Vice President, Systems Integration, Atos Origin UK. “At Atos Origin, we work with clients to ensure that they have effective strategies in place so that they can embrace and gain competitive advantages from these changes. By working with Black Duck and the innovative protexIP platform, we can help our enterprise customers realize the full benefits of open source and component-based development, while protecting their valuable software intellectual property.”

“We are pleased to team with Atos Origin to extend Black Duck’s reach into the UK market,” said Douglas A. Levin, CEO of Black Duck Software. “Our combined expertise will help Atos Origin customers capitalize on the productivity gains and cost reductions of open source without compromising valuable intellectual property. By establishing a process for software compliance management with protexIP, together we can unlock the promise of open source and component development for more enterprises and government organizations.”

The protexIP platform creates a collaborative environment that helps organizations effectively manage their increasingly complex software licensing policies and procedures. By validating software contents, verifying license compliance, and finding and addressing issues early in the development cycle – or well in advance of a due diligence event – the protexIP platform helps companies reduce business risks, complete software projects on time and on budget, and stay on track with their go-to-market strategies and business plans.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Black Duck Software
Black Duck Software™ is the leading provider of software compliance management solutions that help companies govern how software assets are created, managed and licensed. Black Duck’s offerings help businesses take maximum advantage of open source software while at the same time ensure that they satisfy the obligations associated with the code they use. Black Duck’s customer base includes enterprises, product developers, outsourcers, law firms and other organizations worldwide that are concerned with protection of software intellectual property. For more information about Black Duck, visit

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