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COTS Software

Written byPaul Bowden

June 7, 2019

A Matter of Approach

Program managers are faced with choosing between custom software development or the implementation of COTS Software to meet complex system requirements. ResQSoft’s adaptive reuse technology is equally proficient at developing custom applications from scratch or leveraging Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Software to build these systems. The key to success is our approach.

Minimizing Risk

The COTS Software approach is typically selected as a method of reducing risk. The concept is deceptively simple: less custom code is required, hence, there is less opportunity for defects and lower risk. The truth is that the COTS Software approach can be just as complex as custom development, especially where mutliple components of COTS Software are involved – and the cause is configuration and customization. In order to meet the requirements of the users, the COTS Software must be customized (modified), which increases risk dramatically.

A Novel Solution

ResQSoft’s approach to customizing COTS software for complex systems such as Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) starts with a gap analysis comparing what the ERP will do with the existing legacy software and current business needs. When functionality is missing, there are 3 solutions:

  • Customize the ERP
  • Modernize a legacy software module and “bolt on” to the ERP; or
  • Rapidly develop a new software module and integrate it with the ERP

This approach greatly limits the need to modify the COTS software internally, which eliminates a level of risk. More importantly, by adhering to a single development architecture, changing requirements are easily addressed over the life of the project. With Engineer supplementing the COTS software, changing requirements can be managed very effectively. We can add screens, we can extend the COTS package database and capture additional data elements to meet user requirements, we can build additional reports, and we can generate additional functionality and system interfaces.

Not Happy with Your Current COTS Package?

Exhorbitant license fees? Vendor unresponsive? We can redevelop the functionality in your existing COTS business system, leaving you with 100% fresh source code that you own. It’s more affordable than you think!

ResQSoft Succeeds

More than 50% of large software projects based on COTS software fail. With ResQSoft, success is achieved by using an approach that greatly reduces risk. Engineer manages the modification of COTS software – one or many – and easily accommodates changing requirements as the project progresses.

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