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What is an OSPO? The Rise of the Open Source Program Office

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At a high-level, an OSPO is a cross-functional team embedded in your company that helps dictate the open-source strategy and policies and is a key element in ensuring your company is prepared for future evolutions.

Managing your open source program is all about improving efficiency and decreasing risk. Determining what packages to leverage when developers should contribute, and what internal projects you may want to publish are all strategic business decisions. Determining factors such as which open-source licenses are appropriate, whether or not your full-time employees should be contributing to a major open source project, and determining what components will best accelerate your products growth, quality, or security all have implications on both your product’s viability and competitiveness, how your internal resources are being used, and what the risk profile of your company. An OSPO helps to define your open source management strategy.

The Rise of the Open Source Program Office discusses:

  • Things to know when evaluating your need for an OSPO
  • Areas managed by an OSPO
  • Roles key to an OSPO's success
  • The key pillars of a successful OSPO
  • A list of resources to read if you want to build an OSPO

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 Slack, Snapchat, Okta, Puppet, Epic Games, and UiPath to manage their open source at scale and drive continuous innovation.