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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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Don't sweat assets, liberate them!
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ANALYST REPORT: Analysts Clive Longbottom and Rob Bamforth look at the benefits of IT lifecycle management (ITLM)
Posted: 05 Oct 2012 | Published: 05 Oct 2012

The ROI for ERP: An Overall Approach
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ANALYST REPORT: Nucleus Research offers advice on calculating the return on investment (ROI) for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Posted: 25 Sep 2012 | Published: 24 Sep 2012

E-Guide: Configure Outbound Firewall Rules for Data Protection
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EGUIDE: A new form of firewall was recently developed in order to withstand more sophisticated threats. Consult this expert E-guide to learn more about the value of application firewalls and how they can benefit the security of your business.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | Published: 24 Aug 2012

UK IT priorities 2012
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IT BRIEFING: This exclusive Computer Weekly research reveals how UK IT departments are prioritising their budgets in 2012, which technologies they are investing in, and the impact of cloud computing, mobile and other disruptive technology on their IT strategies.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | Published: 24 Aug 2012

About to Buy: Mobile Device Management Software
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EBOOK: Are you considering purchasing mobile device management (MDM) software? Read this "About to Buy" guide from for help making a smart MDM software purchase.
Posted: 10 Aug 2012 | Published: 10 Aug 2012

Special Report on Infosys
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This 6 page special report from Computer Weekly gives you the key facts on Infosys, its strategy, products and services and financial performance.
Posted: 26 Jul 2012 | Published: 26 Jul 2012

Outsourcing the problem of software security
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ANALYST REPORT: This report from analyst group Quocirca assess the benefits of using on-demand services to ensure security throughout the application life cycle.
Posted: 10 Jul 2012 | Published: 10 Jul 2012

The future of software development: Energized Work
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IT BRIEFING: Gus Power, CTO  at Energized Work, gives his views on the future of software development, in this presentation for Computer Weekly's 500 Club.
Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | Published: 05 Jul 2012

Virtual Data Center eZine - Vol.5
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EZINE: According to the Data Center Decisions 2008 Purchasing Intentions Survey, server selection and disaster recovery (DR) are front-burner issues for data center decision makers.
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 | Published: 31 Oct 2008

Dell Compellent

Applying Security Holistically from the Cloud
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WHITE PAPER: Consult this informative white paper to learn how the paradigm has shifted to security that's developed, deployed and managed from the cloud. Learn how to implement a holistic security strategy to protect all data in the enterprise.
Posted: 05 Sep 2012 | Published: 05 Sep 2012


HP Fortify on Demand - Enterprise Software Security in the Cloud
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WHITE PAPER: HP is changing the enterprise security landscape with its Security Intelligence and Risk Management Platform. By using advanced threat research and security events and vulnerabilities, they develop an unparalleled visibility. Access this informative white paper to learn more about security-as-a-service (SaaS) and how it can help your organization.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 May 2012

Hewlett-Packard Company

SAN Monitor for EMC
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SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD: SolarWinds® SAN Monitor for EMC® is a free desktop tool that gives you the visibility into your physical storage to make sure it's in good health and lets you quickly and easily monitor EMC CLARiiON® arrays with at-a-glance insight into storage.
Posted: 03 Aug 2012 | Premiered: 03 Aug 2012

SolarWinds, Inc.

Storage Response Time Monitor
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SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD: Having trouble with storage latency issues? SolarWinds® Storage Response Time Monitor free tool tracks those sluggish VMs, shows the top host to datastore total response times and a count of additional high latency offenders.
Posted: 03 Aug 2012 | Premiered: 03 Aug 2012

SolarWinds, Inc.

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WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the challenges of operating multiple applications simultaneously. Find out how you can improve efficiency and reduce risk with a pre-integrated application infrastructure.
Posted: 02 Aug 2012 | Published: 01 Jun 2010

Oracle Corporation

The Application Migration Workbook
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WHITE PAPER: Discover how to achieve pain-free application migrations in this essential workbook and guide. Read on to uncover key strategies and technologies that can simplify the process and lay the foundation for more effective application management.
Posted: 17 Jul 2012 | Published: 17 Jul 2012

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines a memory-optimized relational database that provides detailed visibility into the performance of your critical applications. Learn more about this platform and its key features and installation steps here.
Posted: 06 Jul 2012 | Published: 01 Jun 2011

Oracle Corporation

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12C
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WHITE PAPER: Companies must adapt their management practices to provide proper control over resources in the cloud. This white paper showcases a management tool designed with these types of environments in mind and discusses its key features and benefits.
Posted: 05 Jul 2012 | Published: 01 Sep 2011

Oracle Corporation

Improve Data Center Efficiency with Enterprise Linux Servers
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WHITE PAPER: IT budgets are not expected to recover anytime soon, so companies need to adjust to the reality of using fewer resources to deliver business services. This white paper explains how you can accomplish this seemingly impossible objective by running your critical workloads on Linux.
Posted: 19 Jun 2012 | Published: 01 Mar 2012


Key best practices for cloud testing
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EGUIDE: This expert e-guide explains the benefits of testing software in cloud environments. Read this and gain tips for cloud testing, including ensuring a plan is in place in case of an interruption to service, learning the differences between testing in private and public clouds, exploring the risks of moving to a cloud-based testing solution and more.
Posted: 14 Jun 2012 | Published: 14 Jun 2012


IDC link software appliances ease cloud application deployment
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WHITE PAPER: Like most new technology, cloud computing does not come without a certain level of complexity. This white paper evaluates the key drivers for cloud computing and explains how certain software appliances can simplify cloud implementation and accelerate your initiative.
Posted: 13 Jun 2012 | Published: 01 Jan 2012


SUSE Studio standard data sheet
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DATA SHEET: This data sheet discusses the key tasks involved in the application lifecycle. Learn how you can reduce time spent on deployment and routine maintenance with pre-configured templates.
Posted: 12 Jun 2012 | Published: 01 Dec 2011


SUSE lifecycle management server data sheet
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DATA SHEET: As if the process of building and installing software isn't difficult enough, deployed software systems require proper maintenance throughout their lifetimes. This data sheet describes a management server and its key characteristics that can assist in this process.
Posted: 12 Jun 2012 | Published: 01 Jul 2011


The State of the i
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WEBCAST: Access this webcast to learn about the past, present and future of IBM i. Discover, through the use of real-life examples, how organizations have benefited from this system.
Posted: 22 May 2012 | Premiered: May 22, 2012

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Computer Weekly - 22 May 2012: Why Tesco is spending £150m online
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EZINE: This week’s Computer Weekly, we talk exclusively to Tesco CIO Mike McNamara about why the UK's biggest retailer is spending £150m on its online business. And, with the London 2012 Olympics only weeks away; we look at how IT testing is progressing.
Posted: 21 May 2012 | Published: 22 May 2012

The State of the i
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WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn about the developments of IBM i on Power Systems. Discover how to achieve valuable benefits like reliability, simplified installation and administration, continuing hardware innovations and much more.
Posted: 18 May 2012 | Published: 18 May 2012

Connectria Hosting
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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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