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Technical Report

A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation

  • Abstract

    The growing use of commercial software products in large systems makes evaluation and selection of appropriate products an increasingly essential activity. However, many organizations struggle in their attempts to select appropriate software products for use in systems. As part of a cooperative effort, the Software Engineering Institute and National Research Council Canada have defined a tailorable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software product evaluation process that can support organizations in making carefully reasoned and sound product decisions. The background fundamentals for that evaluation process, as well as steps and techniques to follow, are described in this report.

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SEI

Comella-Dorda, Santiago; Dean, John; Lewis, Grace; Morris, Edwin; Oberndorf, Patricia; & Harper, Erin. A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation. CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701

IEEE

Comella-Dorda. Santiago, Dean. John, Lewis. Grace, Morris. Edwin, Oberndorf. Patricia, and Harper. Erin, "A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701

APA

Comella-Dorda, Santiago., Dean, John., Lewis, Grace., Morris, Edwin., Oberndorf, Patricia., & Harper, Erin. (2004). A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation (CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017). Retrieved December 07, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701

CHI

Santiago Comella-Dorda, John Dean, Grace Lewis, Edwin Morris, Patricia Oberndorf, & Erin Harper. A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation (CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701

MLA

Comella-Dorda, Santiago., Dean, John., Lewis, Grace., Morris, Edwin., Oberndorf, Patricia., & Harper, Erin. 2004. A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701

BibTex

@techreport{Comella-DordaAProcess2004,
title={A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation},
author={Santiago Comella-Dorda and John Dean and Grace Lewis and Edwin Morris and Patricia Oberndorf and Erin Harper},
year={2004},
number={CMU/SEI-2003-TR-017},
institution={A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation},
address={A Process for COTS Software Product Evaluation},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6701} }