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Technical Report

Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products

  • Abstract

    More and more organizations are realizing the benefits-and sometimes the necessity-of incorporating commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products in the systems they acquire and use. But COTS products are not necessarily the right solution for every system. When is it wise to pursue a COTS-based systems approach, and when is it best to hold back? How can sound COTS-based-system practices be reconciled with an organization's regulatory and policy constraints? This report provides some information to help guide these decisions.

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SEI

Motsko, Michele; Oberndorf, Patricia; Pairo, Ellen-Jane; & Smith, James. Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-032). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6245

IEEE

Motsko. Michele, Oberndorf. Patricia, Pairo. Ellen-Jane, and Smith. James, "Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TR-032, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6245

APA

Motsko, Michele., Oberndorf, Patricia., Pairo, Ellen-Jane., & Smith, James. (2002). Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-032). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6245

CHI

Michele Motsko, Patricia Oberndorf, Ellen-Jane Pairo, & James Smith. Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-032). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6245

MLA

Motsko, Michele., Oberndorf, Patricia., Pairo, Ellen-Jane., & Smith, James. 2002. Rules of Thumb for the Use of COTS Products (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TR-032). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6245