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OSS Engineering Consultants is the Latest OpenChain Partner

By 2020-04-20Featured

SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 20, 2020 – The OpenChain Project is excited to announce OSS Engineering Consultants (OSSEC) as our latest partner organization. A consulting firm based in North America, OSSEC provides a unique and proven solution for managing OSS use for organizations with complex software supply chains.

OSSEC ( focuses on helping organizations looking to implement an efficient and holistic governance structure to empower developers and promote collaboration. OSSEC’s goal is to improve developers’ efficiencies and productivity within the organization by building a thorough and compliant OSS process, all while managing risk.

Prior to starting OSS Engineering Consultants (OSSEC), Russ Eling spent over 20 years in several engineering and systems engineering roles at General Motors, one of the largest automotive OEMs in the world. Russ developed a successful OSS program at General Motors in 2013, which is now regarded as the most comprehensive program in the automotive industry. He designed and implemented a process and system for managing OSS use and compliance in every GM vehicle across the globe. This process is still in use today.

“The automotive industry has one of the most intricate and complex supply chains in existence,” says Russ Eling, CEO and Founder, “Despite these challenges, we were able to implement a simplified process and unified system to bring it all together. We developed a method that simplifies complexities and mitigates risk, and we look forward to helping other organizations that face similar challenges, regardless of their industry.”

“The key to successful deployment in complex industries like automotive is having great processes in place,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “The creation and implementation of these processes requires standards such as OpenChain to provide a framework, as well as the institutional knowledge and experience of parties in that field. Russ is tremendously experienced in compliance process management and we will be working closely with him in ensuring companies and suppliers of all sizes can effectively engage with our industry standard for compliance.”

About OSS Engineering Consultants

OSS Engineering Consultants ( is a global consulting firm providing flexible end-to-end OSS system ideation, implementation, and execution solutions. Based just outside of Detroit, MI, USA, OSSEC has over 20 years of successful experience in automotive engineering, including extensive experience and community contacts in the open source compliance industry.

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. More information can be found at . 

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at .

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Media Contacts: 

OpenChain Project
Shane Coughlan

OSS Engineering Consultants
Russ Eling
+1 313-730-4677