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DEFINITION: COTS, MOTS, GOTS, and NOTS are abbreviations that describe pre-packaged software or (less commonly) hardware purchase alternatives.A COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) product is one that is used "as-is." COTS products are designed to be easily installed and to interoperate with existing system components. Almost all software bought by the average computer user fits into the COTS category: operating  … 
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Manage Containers Easily on Oracle Public Cloud
sponsored by Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores how Docker containers empower your development and operations teams to become more agile. Discover how the Oracle cloud helps you build and manage cloud native containers easily. Plus, learn how to extend your containerized app development, test, and production environments with the public cloud.
Posted: 20 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Cloud-Capable App and Data Integration
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Learn how to leverage an open source enterprise service bus (ESB) that reduces the pain of connecting siloed apps, services, data, and devices. Discover how to boost data and app integration initiatives with automation and extended, cloud-based management.
Posted: 18 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Red Hat

10 Rules for Creating a Mobile Look and Feel
sponsored by OutSystems
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, you'll learn about 10 rules for delivering an optimal user experience aesthetically and functionally in your mobile app. Discover tips to better connecting with your customers.
Posted: 17 Jan 2017 | Published: 17 Jan 2017

OutSystems

Digital Transformation: A Java-Based Platform for App Modernization
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Discover how to accelerate digital transformation initiatives with a Java EE-based platform for app modernization that provides support for both legacy and cloud-native apps. You'll learn how to implement Agile, DevOps, API management, and continuous integration/continuous delivery processes for you modernization efforts.
Posted: 17 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Red Hat

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials: The Case for a United, Cloud-Based Software Platform
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: The problem with using multiple software tools to run your business is how easy it is to lose track of important information. Explore this guide to learn how to help your customers realize the benefits of running their business from a cloud-based system that unifies financials, sales, inventory, purchasing, and project management.
Posted: 16 Jan 2017 | Published: 16 Jan 2017

Microsoft

The State of Lifecycle Management: Delivering Quality with Agile, DevOps, and IoT
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Emerging technology trends like Agile, DevOps, and IoT have been rapidly adopted by many companies across a variety of industries, but how do they relate to software developers and fostering quality? Uncover key findings from a survey of over 600 software developers and IT professionals that seek to answer this essential question.
Posted: 11 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 May 2016

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

How to Get ALM Data Ready with Predictive Analytics
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Find out how you can leverage predictive analytics to create "predictive development" best practices by approaching ALM as a big data repository. You'll discover how to boost data management for software requirements, testing, and every other step of the development lifecycle.
Posted: 11 Jan 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

How EMC Built and Scaled TheHub to Serve 12,000 Engineers
sponsored by OutSystems
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, you'll learn how developers at EMC combined a low-code platform with their existing DevOps environment. Discover ways the team explored different technologies to build enterprise-class applications using pre-built components.
Posted: 10 Jan 2017 | Published: 10 Jan 2017

OutSystems

A Survey of Rapid Application Delivery Platform Users
sponsored by OutSystems
WHITE PAPER: By shifting basic app development to tasks that are more strategic, IT can support digital initiatives in addition to coding and technical tasks. Learn how the right tools can help companies retain control over the development process, involve application end-users in early design and development phases, and more.
Posted: 09 Jan 2017 | Published: 09 Jan 2017

OutSystems

Forget Hand-Coding: 5 Development Challenges to Consider
sponsored by OutSystems
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll explore 5 development challenges to consider when using hand coding over a RAD platform as a development method. Learn why apps typically require 10x more work today, and tools that make development times faster and more simplified.
Posted: 05 Jan 2017 | Published: 05 Jan 2017

OutSystems

VMware® Virtual SAN™ 6.2 Network Design Guide
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This white paper gives a technology overview of a new policy-driven hypervisor-converged storage product for your software-defined data center. It provides the best network design and configuration best practices for deploying this highly available and scalable virtual solution.
Posted: 29 Dec 2016 | Published: 01 Apr 2016

VMware

Business Management ROI Improvement Guide
sponsored by Sage Software
WHITE PAPER: Can the software you depend on grow alongside your business? Access this guide to business management ROI improvement to explore the 6 simple steps to optimizing software implementation, maximize ROI in the process, what to look for in KPIs, and more.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

Sage Software

Preparing Your Toolbox for the SharePoint Framework
sponsored by Progress
WHITE PAPER: Explore a framework for building web apps that provides a variety of benefits for HTML5, JavaScript, and SharePoint developers. Discover how to deliver valuable customizations by leveraging the framework's key features and web stack tools, including built-in themes, a SharePoint-tailored DataSource component, and more.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

Progress

8 Key API Performance Indicators for Digital Business
sponsored by TIBCO Software Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores and defines some of the most common and useful key API performance indicators (KAPIs). Discover how to boost your API management and analytics with KAPIs like registered API keys, usage consistency, queries per second, and 5 more.
Posted: 02 Dec 2016 | Published: 02 Dec 2016

TIBCO Software Inc.

Maximize Performance and Mitigate Risks with PHP 7
sponsored by Rogue Wave Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines PHP, a tried and true platform for business-critical apps that has driven web and mobile growth for a number of years. Access now to learn more about the release of PHP 7, which introduces new language constructs and significantly enhanced performance, and uncover insightful tips on how to optimize your use of PHP.
Posted: 30 Nov 2016 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Rogue Wave Software

Open Source Software Support: Top Challenges and Best Practices
sponsored by Rogue Wave Software
WHITE PAPER: This report takes real support data from hundreds of open source software (OSS) packages across different organizations to analyze the statistics, realities, and results of open source in the field. Learn how to provide effective support for OSS by tackling the top challenges identified in the survey's data and uncover 5 OSS support best practices.
Posted: 23 Nov 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Rogue Wave Software

DevOps Practices: The Economics behind Continuous Delivery
sponsored by Rogue Wave Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how the adoption of DevOps methodologies enables continuous delivery and increases your organization's agility. Uncover 7 key principles of DevOps maturity, including repeatable delivery, frequent build and integration, broad test automation coverage, and 4 more.
Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | Published: 21 Nov 2016

Rogue Wave Software

APIs: Enhancing Retail, Mobile, and Integration Strategies
sponsored by TIBCO Software Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how an API-based strategy is essential to multichannel, cross-device access to essential data for developers – whether they be in-house, partners, or affiliates. Discover how companies like Netflix, Expedia, and Citibank are leveraging APIs to accelerate their mobile strategies, transform partner integrations, and more.
Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | Published: 22 Sep 2015

TIBCO Software Inc.

How To Build a High-Performance Sales Organization
sponsored by Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
WHITE PAPER: Only 58% of sales reps actually meet their quotas. Are the other reps just underperforming, or are expectations too high? Access this white paper to explore sales performance management software strategies and best practices to improve your sales team's performance.
Posted: 10 Nov 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

DevOps, the Cloud, and AWS: Tying it All Together
sponsored by Chef Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how to implement DevOps, using an automation platform in conjunction with AWS cloud resources. Discover how this approach can decrease time to market and reduce costs. Plus, uncover some critical best practices for workflow automation.
Posted: 04 Nov 2016 | Published: 04 Nov 2016

Chef Software

DevOps Cultural and Technical Values: Leveraging Automation and the Cloud
sponsored by Chef Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides an introduction to the cultural and technical values that are the foundation of DevOps. Discover what pain points you can address faster and more efficiently with this approach, using tools and methods like automation, cloud-based infrastructure, continuous delivery, and more.
Posted: 03 Nov 2016 | Published: 31 May 2015

Chef Software

DevOps and the Bottom Line
sponsored by Chef Software
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to see what Nicole Forsgren, PhD has to say about the developing correlation between IT investment and organizational performance, highlighting the positive influence of cultivating a DevOps culture.
Posted: 02 Nov 2016 | Published: 02 Nov 2016

Chef Software

Leveraging Automation for DevOps
sponsored by Chef Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how to implement automated and collaborative workflows in a way that reduces risk, ensures stability, and guarantees regulatory compliance. Discover how to create a dynamic infrastructure that will aid in your company's DevOps transformation and optimize its use of automation.
Posted: 20 Oct 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2016

Chef Software

Getting Ready for Next-Gen Application Lifecycle Management
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: This technical white paper explores the use of a next-generation app lifecycle management platform made for defining, managing, and automating activities. Discover how to implement and support a successful Agile transformation to optimize the speed, quality, and scale of your app development.
Posted: 16 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Behavior Driven Development for Continuous Testing
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Explore the concept of behavior driven development, an Agile software development technique that promotes collaboration between QA, development, and business stakeholders. Find out how this user behavior-oriented approach will help you satisfy the need for both speed and quality.
Posted: 12 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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SOFTWARE DEFINITION (continued): …  systems, office product suites, word processing, and e-mail programs are among the myriad examples. 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. The product may be customized by the purchaser, by the vendor, or by another party to meet the requirements of the customer. In the military context, MOTS refers to an off-the-shelf product that is developed or customized by … 
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