COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf)

November 20, 2013  |   Posted by :   |     |   Comments Off on COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf)»


Definition: COTS refers to ready-made merchandise that is available for sale.

What This Means: This term is used to describe software and hardware products. A COTS product is often used as an alternative to a product that is developed in-house. The motivation for using COTS components is that they will reduce overall system development costs and involve less development time because the components can be bought instead of being developed from scratch. (See MOTS.)


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