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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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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

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

SDN Outside the Data Center
sponsored by Silver Peak
EGUIDE: Software-defined networking (SDN) is the next step in networking's evolution, expanding from the data center to the WAN. Read on to learn about this burgeoning technology and how it will affect your organization.
Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | Published: 25 Apr 2016

Silver Peak

The Platform Explosion: Harness It or Lose IT Agility
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ANALYST REPORT: This Forrester report will assist your enterprise architect (EA) in navigating the mushrooming software platform market to create a portfolio plan, which seizes the opportunity platforms present without killing responsiveness. Access this exclusive report to and view a 4-step roadmap to strategic software platform implementation.
Posted: 20 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Mar 2016


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

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

Pervasive Monitoring and Security Across Multiple Data Centers
sponsored by Big Switch Networks
CASE STUDY: This case study of a major company was able to reduce the number of tap and tool silos to increase efficiency and security, and economically scale these tools to match the company's global reach, growing cloud, and mobile delivery model.
Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2015

Big Switch Networks

Architectural Choices for the HANA-Bound SAP Customer
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper takes an in-depth look at the architectural choices available to SAP customers who have decided to move to HANA. Learn now about the evolution toward HANA, its next stage, and the advantages behind certain partnerships.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 28 Aug 2015


Drive Toward Better Decisions with Dashboards
sponsored by Innotas
WHITE PAPER: Dashboards help convey a lot of information in a consolidated, consumable format. Creating dashboards to report on business goals and maintaining them with relevant metrics is the foundation for setting up effective conversations. Access this white paper to learn how to set up the best dashboard for your organization.
Posted: 05 Apr 2016 | Published: 30 Mar 2016


5 Key Business and Technology Needs Being Met by SDN and NFV
sponsored by MASERGY
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


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

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

A 10 Minute Guide to Software Harvesting
sponsored by Snow Software
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

One Test Data Manager Solution, Rated and Reviewed
sponsored by CA Technologies
WHITE PAPER: Learn how four organizations who invested wisely in test data management were able to reduce IT project costs that benefitted the entirety of the development lifecycle.
Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

CA Technologies

Guide to Selecting a Modern ERP Solution
sponsored by IFS
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


Fully Automated ETL Testing: A Step-by-Step Guide
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes the challenges encountered in a typical approach to ETL testing, including complexity, poor documentation, manual derivations of test cases, and more. Learn about an alternative, broadly model-based approach that can make ETL testing more efficient, effective, and systematic.
Posted: 20 Jan 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2015

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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

Technische Universität München Offers Fast, Simple and Smart Hosting Services with SAP and IBM
sponsored by IBM FD
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


Technical Support Services for SAP HANA on Power Systems
sponsored by IBM FD
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


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

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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

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

Shifting Your Digital Transformation Into the Fast Lane: Five Keys to Higher-quality Application Delivery
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: Shifting application development into the fast lane of continuous delivery is possible, but requires businesses to adopt a new test model. In the following guide, explore five keys that can help your organization achieve continuous delivery.
Posted: 29 Jan 2016 | Published: 29 Jan 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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