A commercial off the shelf (COTS) product has a number of benefits as well as a few major drawbacks. Its most appealing feature is price. An off the shelf product offers bootstrapped business owners and budget tight startups the advantage of a low initial investment. Freely Licensed Open Source Software (FLOSS) brings COTS benefits but without the restrictions and vendor tie-in typical of proprietary products. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of using COTS software and hardware for some of the major areas of interest related to automated test solutions.
Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software and services are built and delivered usually from a third party vendor. COTS can be purchased, leased or even licensed to the general public. An explosive debate throughout the history of the IT industry has been the advantages and disadvantages of COTS vs Custom software. Commercial off-the-shelf software is readymade software that is available for sale to the general public. The advantage with COTS is that it requires no customization.
Benefits of a Promium COTS LIMS. Software Development: Commercial solutions in general benefit from a dedicated software development focus and a formal institutionalized process. To date, the utilization of COTS technology has produced major benefits to the Department of Defense including: lower costs, reduced development time, enhancement of the available DoD supplier base, and the early adaptation of state-of-the-art commercial products to maintain technological superiority. One of the major advantages of COTS software, which is mass-produced, is its relatively low cost. A MOTS (either modified or modifiable off-the-shelf, or military off-the-shelf, depending on the context) product is typically a COTS product whose source code can be modified.
While bespoke software brings huge benefits in the right situation it also has limitations, complexities and costs. At its best buying off-the-shelf software can be an extremely cost effective way of getting the features you needs and of future-proofing your software investment. Whole Program Life COTS delivers real, tangible benefits to our customers:. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Off The Shelf Software And Customized Software. 3.3 FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COTS SOFTWARE AND CUSTOM DEVELOPMENT.