A term for software or hardware, generally technology or computer products, that are readymade and available for sale, lease, or license to the general public. Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS) products are often used as alternatives to in-house developments or one-off Governmentfunded developments. The use of COTS products is being mandated across many Government and business programs, as they may offer significant savings in procurement and maintenance. However, since COTS software specifications are written by external sources, Government agencies are sometimes wary of these products because they fear that future changes to the product will not be under their control.

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