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Manage Your Open Source Assets Efficiently — a Review of White Source

by Stephanie Watson
Published on 17 September 2012

White Source is an open source license management software and organization program that makes the management of your open source software (OSS)licenses easy and simple. With the cloud-based program, everything is web based so you never have to download or install anything. It is accessible from any computer, as is true of all cloud programs. With White Source, you can track and audit your licenses, easily comply with the requirements of licenses, have automatic work-flow approval, manage your risks and tasks, and use it without any source code stores by the program.

White Source Ensures License Compliance

With White Source, your organization will be able to ensure your OSS license compliance in a simple and effective way. The solution offered by White Source not only gives you risk-free license compliance for your OSS but you can also manage and organize it effectively while reducing your business and technical exposure. This way, your managers and developers are able to manage the OSS which will improve the success of your business overall, with more satisfied partners and customers.

White Source Software Review

Manage Your OSS With White Source

White Source makes it easy to manage your OSS with their simple solution that is entirely cloud-based. Without having to install a program, you are able to track your OSS modules inventory that are used by development, get automatic updates about technical and legal vulnerabilities, automate your approval process, and have the easiest way to manage and organize your OSS. No matter what size your organization is, you will find numerous benefits to the White Source OSS management solution.

Benefits And Features Of White Source

White Source has a variety of benefits and features that go above and beyond their competitors. Due to these different benefits included in the free program, White Source is one of the best of its kind. Benefits include being appropriate for businesses or organizations of any size, ensuring the compliance of OSS licenses, reducing the risk to intellectual property and reducing the risk of defects, preventing lost business, and being a very simple, user-friendly web-based program.

The Basics: What Does It Look Like?

Along with having dozens of amazing features and tools, White Source is also incredibly easy to use. No matter what your skill level, you will be able to start using the White Source features immediately with very little instruction. Once you register and log into your account, you will be asked to enter as many organizations as you need, and then proceed to the web-based program. From here, you have a tool-bar with many options, including Dashboard, Organizations, Projects, Policies, Reports, and Import Scan Results. If you would like to view your requests, click on the Dashboard drop-down menu and go to Requests. On this page you have several features including a graph with Time to Respond, Number of Requests, Statistics including your Approved Requests, Rejected Requests, Time to Approve, Time to Reject, and Time to Respond.

If you want to view your current reports, click on the Reports drop-down menu. You have the following options: Inventory, Licenses, Alerts, Request History, and Members. There is no "main page" for reports, so you need to click one of these options.

Select Alerts from the reports drop-down menu to view all of your current alerts. If you have alerts, here they will be listed by their name, date, type, library, description, and project.

Pros And Cons Of White Source

White Source offers a variety of features and tools that don't cost you anything, which makes it even more beneficial to try out the program. The most popular features include automatic license information retrieval, open source inventory management, risk analysis, request and approval work-flow, risk and task management dashboard, free web-based service, automated policies, instant audits, conditional approval, new version alerts, and organizational licenses report.

The disadvantage to this program is that once you get into the program, some pages load slowly, requiring you to click a button 2 or 3 times to get to where you want to go. However, overall the program runs very smoothly with a user-friendly interface that is easy for all skill levels to use.

Will It Fit Your Budget?

White Source offers a fully functional version of its service under a free license. Additional premium services, including automated policies, advanced alerts and reports, etc. are offered under an affordable monthly subscription .

Is It For You?

With a free membership and instant access to the program, there is little reason not to try White Source. It is cloud-based so you don't have to download or install anything on your computer, and you could be using the program in a matter of minutes. Give White Source a try and if you don't like it, you can discontinue use.

Ratings: ease of use 4/5, features 5/5, value 5/5 and ease of deployment 4/5


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