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Meet the open source audit team – Dave

on Jan 11, 17 • by Lizzy Robben • with No Comments

Confused or unsure about open source usage in your software? Dave is ready to help audit, or conduct compliance checks on your software. Learn more...

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Rogue Wave open source auditors can assist your team by delivering value faster while looking inwards to meet legal and compliance obligations and eliminate security risks with open source software (OSS). We want to introduce you to the team and share their knowledge base, passion for open source, and expand on all the potential ways they can help you.

Meet Dave

Dave is the director of open source audit services at Rogue Wave Software.

Dave

Background

I studied music in school, but soon fell in love with computers and computer programming. I started my career as a
technical support engineer for dBASE II at Ashton Tate in Southern California. Since then I’ve held various positions in support, product management, and sales. I’ve always been interested in helping people understand the complicated issues around using software. Working with people on open source audits is just another way I’ve found to help them best understand and safely use open source software.

Years of experience: 33

What is your area of expertise?

I specialize in open source software governance, compliance, and auditing. I’ve been working in my current position for over ten years and have learned quite a bit about what is involved in managing and understanding compliance issues with open source software. I manage a team of open source experts who regularly audit source code to find the open source software and associated licenses being used. My team then helps people understand the further steps they need to take.

Where do you go to stay informed about open source?

I attend various open source conferences, but mostly keep up by reading articles on the Internet from various sources like Heather Meeker’s License Resourcestl:drLegal, and I keep a close eye on my competitors posts and blogs.

For information regarding technical issues I like to use stackoverflow.

Tell us your best “ah-ha” moment or customer experience.

I don’t know if this exactly counts as a “ah-ha” moment, but I found it quite telling in regards to how people grasp the concept of open source software. I was presenting the results of an open source audit to a VP of engineering for a software company and he had invited his CEO to attend. In this particular audit we found that the company was using a fair amount of open source. About ten minutes into the meeting, as I was reading off the list of open source we had discovered, the CEO stopped me and asked, “Wait a minute, are you telling me that this open source is actually in our product that we ship today?”  I’ve learned to never take anything for granted when talking about open source with customers. I like to focus on steps companies should take to reduce the common risks associated with open source, like security vulnerabilities or compliance and copyright issues. But often I have to get back to the basics and help people understand what open source is and why it’s so valuable in the creation of modern software.

Why do you love your job?

I find open source exciting and cutting edge. It’s starting to become a more common place today than five years ago. But there are still many challenges associated with its use. I love being able to help people understand how to responsibly take full advantage of open source software. Often, the issues can be rather complex. I have a great team of very smart people that I work with. I love working with them to untangle the complex issues to better help our customers.

Tell us something fun or interesting about you.

As I mentioned above, I studied music in college. Today, I’m still very active as a trumpet player which mostly fills my evenings and weekends.

More Information

• Read the recent blogs written by Dave.
• Meet the other open source auditors: Chavirat, Shilpa, Dennis, and Jennifer.  
• Stay current with the most recent open source releases and security updates. Sign up for OpenUpdate.
Talk to our service team about a Rogue Wave Open Source Audit.

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