COTS


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COTS

(software)
commercial off-the-shelf. See commercial software.

COTS

(Commercial Off-The-Shelf) Ready-made merchandise that is available for sale. The term may be applied to any hardware or packaged software that is readily available to the general public. See MOTS, NOTS and commodity product.
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For systems that depend on COTS products, the evaluation and selection of appropriate products is essential to the success of the entire system.
In recognition of the steep cost of software development and maintenance, COTS is being mandated across many government and business programs, so the buy-or-build decision may not be an option.
COTS testing is focused on operational assessments, followed by formal initial operational test and evaluation once operationally ready.
The BCS3 development team changed the hardware from a 942-pound Unix[R]-based system into a 6-pound COTS laptop that uses a standard Microsoft Windows[R] operating system.