Modernize Your Open Source Audits: 5 Reasons Spreadsheets Fail for Managing OSS Licenses

Management of open source licenses is an exercise whose importance transcends events like an Initial Public Offering (IPO) or a merger or acquisition (M&A), as revenue could be impacted when potential clients complete their due diligence before a purchase or an online marketplace requires a report before releasing your app on their platform.

What you'll learn

As the use of open-source grows and deployment timelines shrink, management of open source is a growing concern that many organizations are struggling with handling effectively.

Most organizations start off managing all of their open-source dependencies in a spreadsheet. This is a process that generally involves someone from legal, engineering, product, or security tracking down the correct engineers to fill out a form that lists every open-source component used to help build a product. Then, legal and security review the dependencies against license policy and security vulnerability databases to ensure the software is compliant and secure. Finally, these reports are finalized and shared with auditors for IPO, M&A — or reports are shared with customers and partners that require compliance.

5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets for Open Source Management is a Recipe for Disaster discusses:

The process for managing open source software licenses with spreadsheets

Trends in open source vs. proprietary software usage

The 5 most common open source management "fails"

Enterprise and industry trends in open source adoption

Steps to take to move off of managing open source in spreadsheets

About FOSSA

Up to 90% of any piece of software is from open source, creating countless dependencies and areas of risk to manage. FOSSA is the most reliable automated policy engine for security management, license compliance, and code quality across the open source stack. With FOSSA, engineering, security, and legal teams all get

complete and continuous risk mitigation for the entire software supply chain, integrated into each of their existing workflows. FOSSA enables organizations like Uber, Zendesk, Twitter, Verizon, Fitbit, and UiPath to manage their open source at scale and drive continuous innovation.

Use Cases

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Risk Mitigation

FOSSA users benchmark 47% fewer false-positives by finding dependencies they actually rely on earlier in the SDLC.

Continuous Compliance

Get 90% faster insight in your CI/CD workflows — an average of four weeks shorter compliance implementation time.

Due Diligence

Only FOSSA delivers the most complete open source audit for IPOs and M&As plus 5% annualized engineering savings in the first week alone.