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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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Enable Rapid IT Service Delivery and Innovation with an Infrastructure Built for Cloud-Native Applications
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: This web book explores the cloud infrastructure and tools required to support agile IT methods and applications, and demonstrates why open source technology is the best way to achieve the full benefits of this new, rapid mode of IT service delivery. Learn how innovative applications propelled by IT can create entirely new revenue streams.
Posted: 13 Jan 2016 | Published: 13 Jan 2016

Red Hat

On-Premise or in the Cloud, Java Development Can Generate Revenue
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Globalization and localized business changes have increased requirements for new applications that extend the reach of enterprises into new markets and geographics. Learn methods for delivering high-impact, revenue-generating applications for today's border-defying audience.
Posted: 13 Jan 2016 | Published: 13 Jan 2016

Red Hat

4 SMEs Discuss Their ERP System Experiences
sponsored by SAP
EGUIDE: This expert ERP e-guide discusses the experiences of four small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to highlight the challenges that SMEs face in simplifying and consolidating their systems. Read on to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of ERP applications.
Posted: 07 Jan 2016 | Published: 07 Jan 2016

SAP

Business Management Solutions: Getting it right the first time
sponsored by Sage (UK) Limited
WHITE PAPER: When companies need an ERP solution, they sometimes rush into the selection process without first figuring out exactly what they want to achieve from their implementation, leaving them ultimately disappointed with their purchase decision. Learn how to find a comprehensive business management solution that won't leave you unsatisfied by reading on.
Posted: 22 Dec 2015 | Published: 22 Dec 2015

Sage (UK) Limited

Object Storage for a New Generation of IT
sponsored by HGST
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses the adoption of object storage solutions that scale to higher capacity levels and provide high levels of resiliency by using erasure coding. Access now to see how this architecture can provide your enterprise with a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective design that will allow you to manage your data effectively.
Posted: 19 Nov 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2015

HGST

BSkyB Doubles Testing Capacity to Boost Product Innovation
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn how BSkyB created a centralized testing environment, available at multiple sites, using a business plan based on established enterprise options. See the benefits BSkyB experienced, including standardized processes, centralized resources, rapid innovation, and more.
Posted: 17 Nov 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

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

MuleSoft

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

Matrix42

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

Dell Quick Start Tool for Citrix XenDesktop
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
WEBCAST: In this webcast, learn about a tool designed to allow an entire Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp platform to be deployed all from one console. Watch now to see a demonstration of how simple and fast it is to set up your desktop or application environment – in just four steps.
Posted: 21 Sep 2015 | Premiered: Aug 4, 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

An Introduction to Software Defined Networks
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: This white paper serves as an introduction to SDN as a solution that can serve your enterprise, but only after you parse the competitive landscape of networking suppliers.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Citrix

Software-Defined Data Center Meets Micro-Segmentation
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains how to deploy advanced security inside your data center with micro-segmentation, which will deliver the operational agility of network virtualization.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Published: 13 Dec 2013

VMware

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

VMware

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

Matrix42

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

Capitalize on a Big Opportunity: Move Enterprise Services to the Cloud
sponsored by Dimension Data
WHITE PAPER: Access this informative guidebook to learn how you can build a successful enterprise cloud solution.
Posted: 20 May 2015 | Published: 20 May 2015

Dimension Data

Agile Development with Red Hat Consulting
sponsored by Red Hat
BROCHURE: Read this brochure to learn about some of Red Hat Consulting's agile practice services.
Posted: 20 May 2015 | Published: 20 May 2015

Red Hat

Computer Weekly – 12 January 2016: How open source is beating proprietary software
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
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

ComputerWeekly.com

Software Defining the Data Center
sponsored by SearchSDN.com
EBOOK: Will enterprises soon use SDN in their data centers? This guide considers software-defined networking's advantages and drawbacks.
Posted: 30 Dec 2015 | Published: 27 Dec 2015

SearchSDN.com

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

IBM

CW Buyer's Guide: SaaS Management
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
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

ComputerWeekly.com

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

Mendix

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

HP

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

SearchSAP

Computer Weekly – 12 May 2015: Augmented reality comes to corporate IT
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
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

ComputerWeekly.com
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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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