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Sonatype unveils state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence Component Detection

In the rapidly evolving world of software development, the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is no longer just a trend — it's a revolution.

Organizations need to be ready for the wave of AI and generative AI that is already washing over their software development teams. 

As we navigate through this transformative era, Sonatype is excited to introduce a groundbreaking tool that marks a significant milestone for development teams: the AI/ML Component Detection technology. This innovative feature, now available as part of Sonatype Lifecycle, is designed to empower teams to leverage the full potential of AI and ML while maintaining the highest standards of security, legal compliance, and risk management.

AI's increasing role in software development

With the introduction of advanced AI models like ChatGPT, organizations have increasingly recognized the potential for enhancing decision-making, automating tasks, and extracting valuable insights from their data. Sonatype's 9th annual State of the Software Supply Chain report revealed a staggering 135% increase in the usage of AI/ML components within corporate environments between Oct. 2022 (when ChaGPT was introduced) - Oct. 2023. There was an additional 20% increase observed by the end of January 2024. This surge underscores a clear message: AI is fundamentally transforming how we develop software, enabling teams to innovate at unprecedented speeds.

number of enterprise applications using artificial intelligence components

The expansion of Large Language Models (LLMs) transcends beyond tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI, encompassing a vibrant and varied ecosystem in the corporate sector. This ecosystem includes innovative solutions like Cohere, which streamline the incorporation of LLMs into enterprise products and services. Additionally, there is a growing trend in adopting LangChain and LangSmith for creating applications that leverage LLM capabilities. Remarkably, a substantial number of these applications are based on open source LLM models.

However, as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Organizations must be prepared for the evolution that is radically shaping the future of software development, much like open source did when Maven Central first launched in 2003. Engineering teams need to be able to move at the speed of technology to innovate. But, the adoption of AI and ML introduces a new set of challenges and risks. As companies increasingly adopt these models without fully understanding the associated risks, there is a clear need for tools that can assess and mitigate potential security, legal, quality, fraudulence, and popularity risks.

This is where Sonatype's AI/ML Component Detection technology comes into play, providing unparalleled visibility and of AI/ML in the software you build, empowering you to safely use the best AI/ML suppliers in your software and to transform your software development lifecycle and security review processes - all with the same Sonatype platform you trust to optimize your open source usage.

Key functions of AI/ML Component Detection:

  • AI/ML Usage Monitoring and Component Categorization: Gain visibility into AI usage and monitor its impact through comprehensive data insights and component categorization. Simply put, answer the question where and how AI and GenAI are being used in your development organization.
  • AI Usage Management: Set policy constraints based on AI/ML taxonomies to effectively manage and control AI usage. Apply existing Sonatype Lifecycle policies to your AI/ML components for universal consistency.
  • Internal Detection of AI Models: Maintain a comprehensive catalog and index of AI/ML models and datasets to detect open source AI models used internally as well as modified versions of those AI models via our ground-breaking detection technology.

For development teams, the introduction of Sonatype's Artificial Intelligence Component Detection means more than just a new feature. It represents a paradigm shift in how you should approach software development in an AI-driven world and stay ahead in today's fast-paced technology landscape. By providing the tools needed to manage the risks associated with AI, while also harnessing its potential for innovation, Sonatype is enabling teams to stay ahead in the competitive landscape of technology.

If you're a Lifecycle user, AI/ML Usage Monitoring and Component Categorization features are waiting for you in the product. Others will be available soon. If you're not already a Sonatype customer, get in touch to explore how Sonatype's AI/ML Component Detection can change how you manage and monitor AI/LLM usage across your software supply chain.

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Written by Crystal Derakhshan

Crystal is a Product Marketing Manager for the Advanced Legal Pack, Container, Cloud, and Disconnected solutions. She is passionate about amplifying the voice of the customer and product positioning. When she's not working on bringing value to the DevSecOps community, she is boxing, cooking, or playing with her dog Mila.