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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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Software Defining the Data Center
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EBOOK: Will enterprises soon use SDN in their data centers? This guide uncovers a deeper understanding of SDN advantages and drawbacks and how these could play out in a modern data center.
Posted: 30 Dec 2015 | Published: 27 Dec 2015

Object Storage for a New Generation of IT
sponsored by HGST
WHITE PAPER: Enterprises are combating the inevitable unstructured data volumes of the future by scaling their storage infrastructure and transitioning to object storage. Discover how software-defined architectures can provide your enterprise with a flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient design that will allow you to manage and analyze your data effectively.
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2015


3 CIO Essentials: Top Trends To Help Your Business
sponsored by MuleSoft
WEBCAST: This one-stop-shop for CIOs discusses the 3 most important trends companies can capitalize on to help future success. Access this webinar now for an in-depth look into essential topics.
Posted: 03 Nov 2015 | Premiered: Nov 2, 2015


How to Avoid the Software Licensing Cost Trap
sponsored by Matrix42
WHITE PAPER: There is now an urgent requirement for transparency and control over software compliance within companies. This white paper serves as an instructive guide for optimizing your software expenses using asset management, ensuring the efficient use of software.
Posted: 12 Oct 2015 | Published: 12 Oct 2015


Driving Innovation with Platform-As-A-Service
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how cloud infrastructure, DevOps, microservices, and containers can all be brought together using platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. See how a PaaS can provide benefits that include developer agility, operational efficiency, and more.
Posted: 08 Oct 2015 | Published: 08 Oct 2015

Red Hat

Fresh Perspectives on Software-Defined Storage
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents the core ideas behind software-defined storage. In addition to investigating new models, discover key technology trends and the author's perspective on industry implications, customer impacts, and more.
Posted: 16 Jun 2015 | Published: 30 Jun 2014


Study: How to make mobile successful within the organisation – what every CEO needs to know
sponsored by Matrix42
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how the growing use of web and SaaS applications is affecting German companies, and how German IT specialists ensure access to these key business applications, and how they plan to for years to come. Read about the results of a questionnaire based study to learn how CEOs can make their mobile work environment successful.
Posted: 08 Jun 2015 | Published: 08 Jun 2015


MSPs: Improve Your Performance with the Right Software
sponsored by Solarwinds N-able
WHITE PAPER: This resource introduces a suite of software essential for an effective MSP.
Posted: 29 May 2015 | Published: 29 May 2015

Solarwinds N-able

Connecting and Optimising SharePoint
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ANALYST REPORT: SharePoint projects are "stalling" as user resistance rises, according to this report from independent information management analyst group AIIM.
Posted: 29 Apr 2015 | Published: 29 Apr 2015

Software-Defined Storage: What it Means for the IT Practitioner
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces Software-Defined Storage, a new approach to storage that enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model that fits in with our virtualized world.
Posted: 26 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

VMware, Inc.

Accelerating Product Innovation Through Agile Development and Continuous Engineering
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn more about how agile development and continuous engineering are changing the way software engineers work. Read on to discover how innovation has become central to a new collaborative work environment.
Posted: 19 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


Computer Weekly – 12 January 2016: How open source is beating proprietary software
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, our latest buyer's guide assesses the impact of open source software and how it is underpinning the digital revolution. We examine the prospects for cloud in financial services as regulators give their approval. And we ask if Uber is really part of a new business model for the sharing economy. Read the issue now.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 | Published: 12 Jan 2016

SOA Design Principles for Dummies
sponsored by IBM
EBOOK: Access this eBook to discover the design principles of SOA, and three fundamental aspects of SOA. Also learn why SOA is simply good design, and how to make your enterprise engaging.
Posted: 05 Nov 2015 | Published: 05 Nov 2015


CW Buyer's Guide: SaaS Management
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EZINE: Computer Weekly looks at how organisations should evolve their SaaS selection criteria to focus on newer metrics that are better indicators of supplier performance; the number of compliance issues that come with SaaS; and how CIOs believe SaaS providers must better meet their needs in terms of simplicity and flexibility.
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | Published: 11 Sep 2015

3 Strategies to Rapidly Deliver User-Friendly Multi-Channel Apps
sponsored by Mendix
WHITE PAPER: As competitors continue to release more user-friendly applications on the market, it's becoming harder to maintain customer loyalty. This white paper reveals 3 critical strategies that can help you satisfy users with your applications. Discover how to quickly deploy apps to deliver immediate business impact and ROI.
Posted: 23 Jul 2015 | Published: 23 Jul 2015


Goodbye to Windows Server 2003. Hello HP. Successfully migrate to the New Style of IT
sponsored by HP
WHITE PAPER: Read this transcript for five considerations that will convince you to migrate from Windows Server 2003.
Posted: 08 Jul 2015 | Published: 08 Jul 2015


SAP's Mobile Makeover
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EBOOK: SAP mobility strives to give users flexibility while maintaining security, usability and proper business processes.
Posted: 04 Jun 2015 | Published: 04 Jun 2015


Computer Weekly – 12 May 2015: Augmented reality comes to corporate IT
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we hear from early adopter Zurich Insurance about how augmented reality apps can become part of the corporate IT landscape. We look at Microsoft's Nano Server – the cut-down version of Windows Server designed for the cloud. And we assess the implications of the Nokia acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Read the issue now.
Posted: 08 May 2015 | Published: 08 May 2015

Software Defined Infrastructure for HPC
sponsored by IBM
WEBCAST: Access this slidecast to hear Jay Muehoefer, Director of Software Defined Solutions at IBM, discuss the potential IT and business value of a software defined infrastructure.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Premiered: Mar 9, 2015


IBM Spectrum Scale for Big Data & Analytics
sponsored by IBM
WEBCAST: Access this demo to see how you can draw quick insights from social media data using software-defined storage. Learn to analyze this data in near-real time and dynamically manage the data to keep storage costs low.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Premiered: Feb 18, 2015


What to Look for from an SDS Provider
sponsored by IBM
RESOURCE: Take a look at this infographic for insight into what capabilities you should look for in an SDS vendor.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Apr 2015


Enterprise Development in the Cloud: Top Benefits, Drivers, and Concerns
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: According to a survey of 408 enterprise IT software development professionals, enterprises using the cloud see improvements in time to market as well as higher productivity. Read this white paper for key findings from this survey regarding enterprise development in the cloud.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Published: 17 Jun 2014

Red Hat

Computer Weekly – 21 April 2015: The future of Moore's Law at 50
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, Moore's Law – the seminal forecast by Intel founder Gordon Moore that oversees technology development – is 50 years old. We look at its modern relevance and future implications. IT chiefs discuss whether Windows is still core to their strategy. And we look back at five years of government IT. Read the issue now.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Published: 17 Apr 2015

The Merry-Go-Round of Security Testing
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EBOOK: In this Insider Edition of Information Security, InfoSec pros will learn about the pros and cons of RASP, the runtime application self-protection method for secure software delivery.
Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | Published: 08 Apr 2015

IBM FlashSystem 900: Value at the Core
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how flash storage can boost storage performance and speed up processing times. Read on to learn about the technology behind a new flash storage system.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 | Published: 02 Apr 2015

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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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