Commercial off-the-shelf

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Commercial off-the-shelf (also known by its acronym, COTS) is a marketable that is commercially available and can be purchased "as is".

Definitions

According to the BABOK Guide (3rd edition),

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS). A prepackaged solution available in the marketplace which address all or most of the common needs of a large group of buyers of those solutions. A commercial off-the-shelf solution may require some configuration to meet the specific needs of the enterprise.

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