Software Composition Analysis: Elements of an Effective Solution

Software composition analysis (SCA) tools help organizations address security, license compliance, and code quality challenges that come with the use of open source software (OSS). SCA solutions inventory and analyze OSS dependencies, providing organizations actionable insight to reduce open source risk.

Of course, there are multiple SCA solutions on the market today, each with different capabilities. Technology review site IT Central Station recently published a report, “The Elements of an Effective SCA Solution,” to help prospective SCA users determine which features matter most.

The report, which is based on a survey of FOSSA users, explores mission-critical SCA capabilities, such as:

Integration with CI/CD workflows

An accurate and comprehensive inventory of dependencies

Vulnerability scanners

Collaboration and governance capabilities


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

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.