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Running head: System analysis and design System analysis and design Name: Institution: Course: Date:
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System analysis and design 2 Question 1 COTS stands for Commercial-off-the-shelf. COTS are software products that are ready-made. COTS are readily available for purchasing in the markets. Most of the organizations nowadays uses COTS software to increase reliability and also reduce cost and the delivery time of the software. COTS are widely used than custom made software. Advantages of using COTS (i) Time used for purchasing software is shorter the time used to develop software. (ii) COTS has a greater opportunity to incorporate the set standards for the industry. (iii) COTS supports different components in different environments thus they are less dependent on the platform. (iv) COTS requires fewer resources (money, space and human capital) as compared to customized software. (v) COTS makes the system reliable since they are tested for a larger variety of uses. Disadvantages of using COTS (i) At the time, there is a need to customize software for it to fit the business functionalities, and this may be expensive and time consuming. (ii) If the software is limited to some users or the license is periodic, COTS will be very expensive in the long run. (iii) Suppliers may withdraw their support or have other schedules[BCr01].
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