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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.

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

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.



"The whole process for identifying and documenting open source licenses was awful for everyone involved. FOSSA saves us so much time and pain." 

Rob Mason, SVP Engineering @ Applause


"FOSSA handles a tremendous amount of compliance work that would normally take us months to do." 

Faryar Ghazanfari, IP Counsel @ Solarcity