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COTS, Integration and Critical Systems
 by Victoria Stavridou.

Abstract
COTS-based software procurement and systems integration are closely related. Considering software development as a process of assembling collections of existing components has potentially several significant advantages:
  • Reduced software development costs.
  • Reduced software maintenance costs.
  • Improved reuse.
This view of systems integration using COTS is attractive, a fact attested to by the US Navy's policy of 1993 that "a government solution and not a COTS solution constitutes disapproving the COTS solution" [7]. The significance attached to COTS in the US is further attested by the initiation of a substantial research programme at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
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