o Commercial off-the-shelf software
o COTS purchases are alternatives to in-house developments or one-off government-funded developments. COTS typically requires configuration that is tailored for specific uses. The use of COTS has been mandated across many government and business programs, as such products may offer significant savings in procurement, development, and maintenance.
o Software functionality acquired from an independent, third-party that is used on a “as is” basis
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