Accession Number:

ADA634163

Title:

Assembling Large Systems from COTS Components: Opportunities, Cautions, and Complexities

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

There is a wide spectrum of systems to which a commercial off-the-shelf COTS approach might apply, and even the concept of what a COTS-based system 1 is subject to widely varying opinions. So at the outset we must establish our frame of reference. One end of the spectrum of COTS-based systems includes such turnkey systems as Microsoft Office, Common Desktop Environment CDE, or Netscape Communicator. The capabilities that they provide are valuable, they are reasonably reliable, and they tend to fall into domains where government needs fully conform with the needs of the private sector. Systems of this type are widely and successfully used throughout many government agencies.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE