FOSSA Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Attorney at a legal firm with 11-50 employees
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the ease and speed of integrating into build pipelines, like a Jenkins pipeline or something along those lines. The ease of a new development team coming on… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Although it's a little too early for any metrics or data, it has improved my organization through its ability to apply legal and security policies in an automated fashion to a very large volume of… more »

What needs improvement?

We have seen some inaccuracies or incompleteness with the distribution acknowledgments for an application, so there's certainly some room for improvement there. Another big feature that's missing that… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is competitive with some of the other bigger companies, but probably overall middle of the road. We haven't encountered additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

With the rapid growth of the consumption of open-source in development, it was no longer feasible for attorneys to manually review every incoming component on an individual case by case basis. Having… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Black Duck as well as Flexera. The biggest pros for FOSSA was the interoperability with different development environments. Being able to support a very wide range of development… more »
Real User
Sr. Director of Open Source at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jun 14 2020

What is most valuable?

I view FOSSA as a singular tool, not really one that has components, so it's hard for me to say that there's a valuable feature. FOSSA, to me, is something that scans, and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

FOSSA is at the heart of the license compliance part of our open-source management program. We have an obligation to comply with open-source licenses on our products… more »

What needs improvement?

Security scanning is an area for improvement. At this point, our experience is that we're only scanning for license information in components, and we're not scanning for… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't love the license model where FOSSA charges per engineer, given that we don't really have engineers who use FOSSA. The method that we pay by, the metering that they… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Black Duck Protex. We switched to FOSSA because we found that FOSSA addressed our use cases better than Black Duck was able to. When we got Black Duck, it was… more »

What other advice do I have?

Focus on those applications that pose licensing risks. I don't believe that one needs to use FOSSA to scan everything. You need to use FOSSA to scan products that you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a good relationship, and I was very familiar with Alameda. We looked at WhiteSource, and we looked at FossID and at two other small ones that never really made it… more »
Patrick Lonergan
Real User
Associate General Counsel at Circleci
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The box policy was great. It was very closely aligned. We had multiple policies depending on which code base we were scanning so we had some code that was software as a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Prior to FOSSA, we were really struggling to get priority using FOSSA to get open-source set up on a repository. We were actually using Flexera before we came to process… more »

What needs improvement?

I wish there was a way that you could have a more global rollout of it, instead of having to do it in each repository individually. It's possible that's something that is… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, I thought FOSSA was reasonable but slightly more expensive than Flexera if I recall. You weren't having to do IT stuff yourself. I certainly think in… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also used Flexera. I thought the setup was too complicated and the results weren't focused enough. It wasn't set up in our CI system. You'd have to manually run scans… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's easy to use, it's easy to maintain, and it saves you time on your open-source license compliance work. I felt like the solution was very tailored for open-source… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had also looked at Black Duck and that was pretty much it. My recollection was that Black Duck was a lot like Flexera. It wasn't set up in CI. The results set was too… more »
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