Black Duck Software Launches Expanded Global Partner Programme

Experienced channel programme architect Kevin Bland to spearhead initiatives delivering collaborative solutions that secure and manage Open Source Software

LONDON – July 1st, 2015Black Duck Software a leader in securing and managing open source software, today launched a broader, multi-faceted Global Partner Programme, which will see the company’s footprint expand further across EMEA.

The US-based company has named successful channel architect Kevin Bland as Director of Channels and Alliances to build an ecosystem of strategic partners with complementary products and services.

Through the programme, which will include existing partners, Black Duck will engage with the channel in three ways:

  • With reseller partners whose application security, open source license compliance and management products are a good fit with Black Duck’s solutions
  • With managed service partners who seek to deepen their customer engagement by using Black Duck’s products
  • With audit partners, who purchase and utilise Black Duck software for open source, code quality, and encryption audits as part of their work for customers

While resellers of adjacent security and management products – tools for static analysis, dynamic analysis and penetration testing for example – are good candidates for partnering with Black Duck, other organisations involved in code quality testing and actual application development are also expected to become alliance partners.

“We’ve already identified a great many ideal application security partners who, like us, are using a variety of valuable tools and providing services to assure our customers’ open source code is secure and clean,” said Bland, who has more than 15 years of high-level channel development experience.

Black Duck is holding its first briefing session for new channel partners from 9:00am to 4:00pm on July 16 at One Aldwych, London (

“Over the years we’ve learned a great deal from our partners and have benefited significantly from their efforts,” Bland continued. “We also learned that to be more efficient and effective we needed to do things on a wider scale through a much broader, highly organised programme. The timing clearly meets a market need.”

Bland noted while nearly 80% of enterprise companies are using open source, a majority acknowledge that they don’t know what open source code they have, where it is located, or if it has known security vulnerabilities. And few, he said, have any open source management processes. 

“Our mission is to make automated open source code identification, targeting and security vulnerability detection part of the DNA of code development. We will continue to invest in our partner relationships by providing support, training and subsequently driving success in all aspects of our product portfolio to realise this goal,” concluded Bland.

About Black Duck Software
Organizations worldwide use Black Duck Software’s industry-leading products to secure and manage open source software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Black Duck is headquartered along the Massachusetts Technology Corridor in Burlington, MA and has offices in San Mateo, CA, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information visit

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