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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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Computer Weekly@50: What was happening in July
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EBOOK: The National Museum of Computing has again been looking into Computer Weekly's 50 years of magazine issues for another selection of articles highlighting significant news published in the month of July over the past five decades.
Posted: 19 Jul 2016 | Published: 19 Jul 2016

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The Essential Features of Cloud ERP
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EGUIDE: Access this e-guide to discover what sets cloud/SaaS ERP apart from traditional, on-premise ERP deployments. Also learn about manufacturers who have successfully embraced the cloud for their ERP needs, and the special considerations process manufacturers should have before adopting ERP software.
Posted: 06 Jul 2016 | Published: 29 Jun 2016

VAI, Vormittag Associates, Inc.

CW@50: What was making the news in June
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EGUIDE: The National Museum of Computing has trawled the Computer Weekly archives for another selection of articles highlighting significant articles published in the month of June over the past few decades.
Posted: 03 Jun 2016 | Published: 03 Jun 2016

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Middle East IT Priorities Report 2016
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RESEARCH CONTENT: Computer Weekly’s in-depth study of IT spending priorities in the Middle East will help you benchmark your business spending in areas such as networking, datacentres and security.
Posted: 19 May 2016 | Published: 19 May 2016

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CW@50 - What was making the news in May
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The National Museum of Computing has trawled the Computer Weekly archives for another selection of articles highlighting significant articles published in the month of May over the past five decades.
Posted: 10 May 2016 | Published: 09 May 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Why SD-WAN is the Way to WAN Optimization
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EBOOK: If the growth of cloud computing and mobility has proven anything, it's that the legacy boundaries of the enterprise no longer exist. As a result, the traditional model of WAN optimization is changing too. Access this e-guide to discover if SD-WAN is right for your network.
Posted: 19 Apr 2016 | Published: 15 Apr 2016

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CW@50: What was making the news in April?
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EBOOK: The National Museum of Computing has uncovered several gems in the Computer Weekly archives, based on what was happening in the month of April over the last few decades.
Posted: 19 Apr 2016 | Published: 19 Apr 2016

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CW@50: March editions of Computer Weekly
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EZINE: We search back through the Computer Weekly archives held at The National Museum of Computing to present what was happening in IT over the past five decades.
Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | Published: 15 Mar 2016

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Bank of Ireland Cuts Software Spend for Key Vendors with Snow License Manager 7
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CASE STUDY: The following case study examines how the bank of Ireland was able to drastically reduce the costs of renewing software licenses; remove unused and duplicated installations, and streamline software procurement with help from Snow. View now and see what the technology they chose can do for your business as well.
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 14 Mar 2016

Snow Software

Does a proprietary solution automatically mean vendor lock-in?
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ANALYST REPORT: The dread of any IT manager is in making a significant purchase of hardware or software to then find that they are 'locked in' to one supplier. But analyst Clive Longbottom asks, is this still the case?
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 14 Mar 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

A 10 Minute Guide to Software Harvesting
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WHITE PAPER: Securing the funding to get started in Software Asset Management (SAM) or Software License Optimization can sometimes be difficult. One way to get the attention of senior business managers is to provide quick wins that point to greater cost savings over time.
Posted: 11 Mar 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2014

Snow Software

Guide to Selecting a Modern ERP Solution
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines how to select the right ERP software for your organization to facilitate growth. Access now to uncover 10 key software selection factors that will guide your decision-making process.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

IFS

Explore the Combined Benefits of Continuous Delivery and Agile
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EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, we help you learn how to implement continuous delivery successfully and build on the Agile teams you already have in place. Discover a way to develop and test software that allows you to quickly issue updates.
Posted: 12 Jul 2016 | Published: 06 Jul 2016

Magenic

Cloud-based strategy enables fast delivery, market expansion
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WHITE PAPER: Read on to learn how Ontario Systems cloud-based Complaint Tracker application enables the company's market expansion and how benefits of running the app in the cloud is readily apparent to customers.
Posted: 12 Jul 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2014

InterSystems

How to Include QA in Agile Story Mapping Meetings
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EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, we explore some of the more effective methods for incorporating QA and other stakeholders in Agile story mapping. Access tips for preparation best practices and learn how to become a more effective team member.
Posted: 11 Jul 2016 | Published: 06 Jul 2016

Magenic

Negotiate with SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle to Make the Most from Your IT Budget
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EGUIDE: When it comes to contract negotiations, CIOs hold more sway than they think. Next time you negotiate with suppliers, ensure you get a better price from likes of SAP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Access this expert guide to discover vendor negotiation tips for midmarket CIOs working with these vendors from Forrester Senior Analyst Duncan Jones.
Posted: 29 Jun 2016 | Published: 28 Jun 2016

Gartner

Hardware vs. Software Load Balancer for Enterprise IT
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EGUIDE: When it comes to choosing between a hardware load balancer and a software load balancer, there are several key factors to consider. In this e-guide, get an in-depth look at hardware and software load balancing, the differences between each, and how to select the right one for your organization.
Posted: 20 Jun 2016 | Published: 15 Jun 2016

Citrix

Software Lifecycle Integration: Integrate Your SDLC Tools and Accelerate Your Business
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WHITE PAPER: Learn how you can improve usage of the tools you already have while streamlining software development and delivery. Explore how you can overcome collaboration problems using software lifecycle integration, which enables you to connect all software development and delivery tools, synchronize information across disciplines, and more.
Posted: 14 Jun 2016 | Published: 14 Jun 2016

Tasktop

Technische Universität München Offers Fast, Simple and Smart Hosting Services with SAP and IBM
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CASE STUDY: Find out how Technische Universität München (TUM) deployed an integrated stack to gain the ideal platform for high-performance, ultra-flexible SAP hosting services.
Posted: 25 May 2016 | Published: 29 May 2015

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Technical Support Services for SAP HANA on Power Systems
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WHITE PAPER: Discover how to ensure your SAP HANA running on Power Systems Infrastructure is available and running optimally by using a support service offering an array of flexible support options for the full lifecycle of your SAP HANA on Power Systems infrastructure.
Posted: 23 May 2016 | Published: 29 May 2015

IBM FD

Hardware's Key Role in a Software-Defined Era
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EBOOK: In this software age, is there any role left for hardware? In our three-part guide, our experts' response is a resounding, "yes." Read now to learn why hardware is still an essential networking choice in terms of scale, reliability, and performance.
Posted: 16 May 2016 | Published: 16 May 2016

TOPICS:  Hardware | Software
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5 Key Business and Technology Needs Being Met by SDN and NFV
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WHITE PAPER: As the business landscape transforms, IT departments need to understand how emerging technologies like software defined networking and network function virtualization can meet business needs. Access this white paper to discover 5 key business and technology challenges that are being met by SDN and NFV.
Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | Published: 02 Mar 2016

MASERGY

Analytics Deliver Good User Experience for DevOps and End-Users
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EGUIDE: Analytics can measure user satisfaction with enterprise mobile apps, but what about day-to-day maintenance? Learn from experts which metrics help with heavy lifting, and are more than just a pretty interface.
Posted: 18 Feb 2016 | Published: 14 Feb 2016

CA Technologies

Computer Weekly – 9 February 2016: How Software Protects People
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EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we find out how software is helping to maintain safety in high-risk sectors such as oil and gas, aerospace and healthcare. We offer six tips from CIOs for innovation with data. And we examine the continuing threat to businesses from denial of service cyber attacks. Read the issue now.
Posted: 05 Feb 2016 | Published: 09 Feb 2016

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ComputerWeekly: Why a Private Cloud Was Chosen for the Thames Tunnel Project
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EZINE: In this issue of ComputerWeekly, we examine why one of the UK's largest construction projects—the Thames Tideway Tunnel—decided to use a private cloud setup. Our latest buyer's guide looks at containers and microservices, and we report on what U.S. court documents tell us about Oracle's controversial licensing polices.
Posted: 02 Feb 2016 | Published: 02 Feb 2016

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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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