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COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice

  • January 2004
  • By Vijay Sai
  • This paper outlines a successful effort to apply COTS-based engineering principles to a software acquisition by various groups at the SEI.
  • Acquisition Support
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001
  • Abstract

    This paper reflects a successful effort to apply commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based engineering principles to a software acquisition by the Financial and Business Services (FABS) and Information Technology (IT) departments at the Software Engineering Institute. The team responsible for the execution of the project was guided by the principles taught in the COTS-Based Systems for Program Managers and COTS Software Evaluation for Practitioners training programs conducted by the COTS-Based Systems Initiative at the Software Engineering Institute. Some of the major expectations set and realized included precise comprehension of requirements and preferences, ability to identify weak links in the proposed solutions, support for the "buy versus build" decision and the product recommendation, the promise of a shorter implementation phase, and brimming confidence based on a well-informed project approach.

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SEI

Sai, Vijay. COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice. CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857

IEEE

Sai. Vijay, "COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 , 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857

APA

Sai, Vijay. (2004). COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice (CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 ). Retrieved March 24, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857

CHI

Vijay Sai. COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice (CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857

MLA

Sai, Vijay. 2004. COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857

BibTex

@techreport{SaiCOTSAcquisition2004,
title={COTS Acquisition Evaluation Process: Preacher's Practice},
author={Vijay Sai},
year={2004},
number={CMU/SEI-2004-TN-001 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6857} }