Bosch to leverage industry’s only open source compliance standard to provide common approaches and understanding for collaboration across automotive & IoT supply chains
SAN FRANCISCO – February 28, 2019 — The OpenChain Project, which builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent, announced today that Bosch has joined as a platinum member. Membership momentum continues to grow for the project, as Microsoft joined just a few weeks ago as well as other large companies including Uber, Google and Facebook in December. OpenChain provides a specification as well as overarching processes, policies and training that companies need to be successful in managing open source license compliance so that it becomes more efficient, understandable and predictable for participants of the software supply chain.
As code flows between companies that consume billions of lines of open source software through their supply chains to build new products and services, a key challenge is ensuring the relevant license requirements are met in a timely and effective manner. The OpenChain Project provides a consistent way to address that and other challenges. Conformance with the OpenChain Specification shows that an organization follows the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program, and builds trust between organizations in the supply chain. It makes procurement easier for purchasers and preferred status easier for suppliers.
Over the last 15 years, Bosch has embraced open source software starting with consuming open source tooling in automotive using the Eclipse IDE, embedding Linux into Bosch products, and co-innovation of software in public funded projects. Bosch is now leading more than a dozen open source projects and actively driving its open platform strategy for the Bosch IoT Suite at Eclipse IoT with over 1.5 million contributed lines of code. Therefore, it has a special interest in increasing the number of collaborating companies using mature open source management processes. Bosch believes OpenChain is a great platform to share good practices and improve the open source management systems and processes, so other companies can join open source communities.
The OpenChain Specification is the only standard for open source compliance in the supply chain and has major interest from automotive companies. Toyota is currently a platinum member and Scania recently became OpenChain conformant. Also, companies like Panasonic and Renesas are active in the community work groups.
“An open source management system standard will be key for successful collaboration on open source management infrastructure and services,” said Hans Malte Kern, Head of the Center of Competence Open Source, Bosch. “We’re excited to join the OpenChain project, as it reflects the importance of compliant open source usage, distribution, and contribution. Instead of negotiating the open source requirements with all our partners and suppliers, Bosch will leverage OpenChain as an open standard that provides common approaches and understanding for open source collaborations – not only in the automotive industry but also the connected world of IoT. We are convinced the OpenChain standard will replace bilateral negotiations, educations, and open source risk mitigation discussions.”
“It is terrific to have Bosch join other automotive companies such as Toyota as a platinum member,” said Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Bosch is no stranger to the OpenChain Project and has a long history of contributing to open source compliance activities. We are thrilled to have them participate in the Governing Board, Steering and Outreach Committees, as well as the work team calls and meetings to help drive this community forward.”
As a platinum member, a representative from Bosch will join the OpenChain Governing Board. Other platinum members of the OpenChain project include Adobe, ARM Holdings, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Harman International, Hitachi, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Siemens, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Uber and Western Digital.
About the OpenChain Project
The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.
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