As a static analyzer, CppDepend will likely find hundreds or even thousands of issues affecting a real-world code base. Stopping work to attempt to fix all issues for a few weeks or months would be quite unproductive.
This is why CppDepend is the only tool that offers a baseline in Visual Studio. The tool estimates the Technical Debt progress since a baseline.
Recent code smells that should be fixed before committing any code to source control are highlighted in Visual Studio. They can then be fixed even before reaching the source server. As a consequence the Code Quality remains under control with no major upfront investment.
Concretely, for all global numbers (number of issues, numbers of rules violated, debt estimation...) the Dashboard also shows these numbers' differences since baseline. If it is getting worse the number is red, if it is getting better the number is green. The numbers themselves can be clicked to generate C# LINQ queries against the issues-set. The results of these queries will present the relevant issues in a smart and browsable way.
This flexible approach brings several benefits: