FOSSA Pricing and License Cost

Brett Fattori
Manager of Open Source Program Office at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consider the cost of the product and what it provides in terms of your developers. We looked at the pricing schedule at the time, per developer seat and tried to understand what a developer was. The fixed seats didn't line up with what we thought actual usage could be. It's always a razor's edge when trying to convince upper management of the usefulness, while trying to justify the overall cost. When we evaluated our intended usage, we determined that our actual developer count was best represented by the number of developers that are making commits to projects being scanned by FOSSA during a 30-day window. Historically, how many developers have committed code to projects that are being tracked by FOSSA? We decided that those developers would need access to FOSSA, and we monitor for increases based on seasonality, as we hire or renew contractors, to determine what our average would be for licenses. Using this method we were able to determine the number of licenses we would need, and adjust later based on projections. We continually monitor our usage, which rises and falls periodically, but we average right about the number of actively, engaged developers we're licensed for. Being able to agree on something that can be calculated, that was backed by hard numbers, as opposed to just guessing how many developers would actually be engaged and using it, was something that management could get behind. View full review »
Patrick Lonergan
Associate General Counsel at Circleci
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 terms of time saved, it was more than satisfactory. View full review »
Justin Giannone
Sr. Security Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
FOSSA is not cheap, but their offering is top notch. It is very much a 'you get what you pay for' scenario. Regardless of the price I highly recommend FOSSA. View full review »
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reviewer1361748
Sr. Director of Open Source at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
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 use, is based on a mode that doesn't make sense to us. We pay for some number of engineers. Well, only one engineer uses it, and we're not paying for one engineer, because that's not fair; we use it for dozens of projects. So the method by which it's determined what to pay doesn't make sense. The amount that we pay, we pay. We're okay with it. We've negotiated a price that works for both parties, so that's not an issue. View full review »
reviewer1357983
Attorney at a legal firm with 11-50 employees
Pricing is competitive with some of the other bigger companies, but probably overall middle of the road. We haven't encountered additional costs. View full review »
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