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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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CW Special Report on CSC
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This 16-page report from Computer Weekly analyses the challenges facing CSC, its financial performance, the services it offers, its place in the IT market and its future strategy.
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 | Published: 29 Apr 2013

CW Buyer's Guide: Software-defined networking
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Computer Weekly looks at how SDN can give IT administrators greater control over the network infrastructure and make it more flexible and agile part of the business.
Posted: 05 Apr 2013 | Published: 05 Apr 2013

Computer Weekly – 12 March 2013: Will software-defined networking justify the hype?
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we take an in-depth look at one of the hottest emerging technologies – software-defined networking – and what it means for IT departments. We visit Iceland, home of the greenest datacentres, and see what they offer to CIOs. And we look at the growth of governance as a key task for CIOs. Read the issue now.
Posted: 11 Mar 2013 | Published: 12 Mar 2013

CW Buyers Guide: Software as a Service
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Computer Weekly looks at how a CIO can best integrate Saas with existing on-premise software, the restrictions behind Saas and why consulting expert service providers is a good idea.
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 | Published: 01 Feb 2013

Cloud Software Spending Survey 2012
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RESEARCH CONTENT: Download this exclusive report from Kew Associates and Computer Weekly to learn how businesses plan to invest in cloud software between 2012 and 2017.
Posted: 14 Jan 2013 | Published: 14 Jan 2013

About to Buy Guide: Mobile Device Management Software
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EBOOK: Are you in the market for a mobile device management (MDM) software solution? Be sure to read this e-book from first for help making a more informed purchasing decision.
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 | Published: 30 Mar 2012

Software-Defined Networking Could Make Network-as-a-Service a Reality
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EGUIDE: This E-Guide from explores the topic of Network-as-a-Service and how software-defined networking could help make this new network paradigm for the cloud a reality.
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 | Published: 09 Apr 2012

Expert Overview: Dedupe Types, Offerings and Benefits to Cloud Backup
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EGUIDE: This expert guide presents an in-depth overview of each option, covering both the strengths and weaknesses. Find out how hardware and software-based approaches can be used in conjunction and discover the speed and cost benefits dedupe can bring to cloud backup.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 | Published: 17 Jun 2013


Top notch integration strategies for manufacturing
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WHITE PAPER: Consult this white paper to learn more about why consolidating multiple ERP systems can help cut IT costs and save time. It explains how to effectively merge ERP and supply chain management systems. Find out how to upgrade your systems by consulting this resource now.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 | Published: 10 Jun 2013


Change your ERP strategy: One success story
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WHITE PAPER: EL ES DE engineering needed an integrated system that would provide increased visibility over inventory, time spent on jobs and clarity on purchase order status. Consult this resource to find out how adopting a cloud-based ERP solution gave the company the insight they need.
Posted: 06 Jun 2013 | Published: 06 Jun 2013

Epicor Software Corporation

Computer Weekly – 28 May 2013: The Ministry of Defence gets agile
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we find out how agile development is helping the UK Ministry of Defence deliver complex military software. The CIO of the Lotus Formula One team explains the importance of data analytics to winning races. And we look at the IT innovation challenges facing financial services firms. Read the issue now.
Posted: 28 May 2013 | Published: 28 May 2013

SanDisk FlashSoft for VMware vSphere
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WHITE PAPER: In this brief white paper, you will get insight into an innovative SanDisk product that accelerates application performance in VMware guest machines.
Posted: 07 May 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

SanDisk Corporation

Measuring Software Quality: Why Your Metrics Don't Make the Grade
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WEBCAST: What keeps your customers happy when it comes to software? Tune into this video to learn more about what you can do to improve your software  testing and quality assurance. It outlines the pros and cons of satisfied customers and what the means for your business. View this resource now to learn more about improving your software.
Posted: 23 Apr 2013 | Premiered: Apr 23, 2013


7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams
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WEBCAST: Consult this informative video to learn more about the widespread adoption of "going agile." Find out how you can obtain shorter release cycles, greater flexibility and tighter alignment by going agile. It explores the broad technical, organizational and process changes that can help your team transition to an agile environment.
Posted: 22 Apr 2013 | Premiered: Apr 22, 2013


Computer Weekly – 23 April 2013: Time runs out for Windows XP – what should you do?
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, with less than a year until Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, we examine the options for the many firms still using the operating system. The PC market has seen a record slump in sales - what does it mean for the IT industry? Plus, we evaluate progress in moving software to the cloud. Read the issue now.
Posted: 22 Apr 2013 | Published: 23 Apr 2013

Can the Suite Compete? - What Every Recruiter Needs to Know
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WHITE PAPER: In this resource, HR and business leaders will find a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of purpose-specific software and bundled software suites, providing you with key information to help you more strategically meet your organization's talent recruitment goals.
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 | Published: 19 Apr 2013


Solihull Council Marks a Decade with Red Hat Open Source Technology , Saving over £1 Million
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WHITE PAPER: In this informative paper, learn why a government industry has relied on the same Linux solution for the past ten years, using an open source model to simplify software and hardware implementations, reduce costs, and more.
Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | Published: 10 Apr 2013

Red Hat and HP

Computer Weekly – 19 February 2013: Software Developers in demand
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we look at why companies are struggling to attract the right talent for in-house IT. We investigate why CIOs are not happy with Oracle's Fusion strategy. And betting company William Hill tells us how mobile technology has changed the high street bookmaker. Read the issue now.
Posted: 18 Feb 2013 | Published: 19 Feb 2013

Computer Weekly – 8 January 2013: Digital strategies to drive CIOs in 2013
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we look ahead to the challenges facing IT leaders in 2013 and examine how the shift to digital will change the role of the CIO. A new report details how CIOs must adapt to work more closely with business colleagues. And our first buyer's guide of the year focuses on software as a service. Read the issue now.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 | Published: 08 Jan 2013

Making the Agile Transition: What QA and Test Managers Need to Know
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EGUIDE: QA and test managers, read this e-guide to discover how you can be change agents to ensure a smooth move to Agile for your team.
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 | Published: 27 Dec 2012


Agile Testing Quadrants: Guiding Managers and Team in Test Strategies
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EGUIDE: Read this e-guide to discover why a testing taxonomy such as the Agile testing quadrants is an effective tool for software teams undertaking this task.
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 | Published: 27 Dec 2012


A Whole Team Approach to Quality
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WHITE PAPER: Explore this presentation to develop a new approach to quality. Agile projects help build software incrementally, using short iterations of 1-4 weeks to keep development aligned with business needs. Learn more about the benefits of agile development by reading this resource now.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 | Published: 21 Dec 2012

Rally Software

Top Strategies for Application Performance Monitoring
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EGUIDE: This expert E-Guide from explores the importance of application performance monitoring and management (APM) and aims to answer all your questions surrounding this technology.
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 | Published: 11 Dec 2012

CA Technologies.

Key Opportunities and pitfalls on the road to continuous delivery
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EGUIDE: In this e-guide, experts discuss the opportunities of continuous delivery in ALM and the challenges, as well as five lessons for making continuous integration simple.
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 | Published: 14 Nov 2012


It's Not Too Soon to Think About Windows Licensing
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EGUIDE: While you may not be ready to hop on the Windows 8 bandwagon quite yet, it's never too early to start the planning process. This expert E-guide from provides the best strategies for upgrading your operating systems and explores the benefits it can provide your organization.
Posted: 13 Nov 2012 | Published: 13 Nov 2012

Dell, Inc. and Microsoft
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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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