Quality and risk concerns currently limit the application of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software components to non-critical applications. Software metrics can quantify factors contributing to the overall quality of a component-based system, and models for tradeoffs between cost and various aspects of quality can guide quality and risk management by identifying and eliminating sources of risk. This paper discusses metrics and models that can be used to alleviate quality concerns for COTS-based systems, enabling the use of COTS components in a broader range of applications.

Meeting Name

6th IEEE International Symposium on Object-Oriented Real-Time Distributed Computing (2003: May 14-16, Hokkaido, Japan)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Department

Computer Science

Keywords and Phrases

COTS Component; Commercial Off-The-Shelf; Object-Oriented Programming; Risk Management; Software Component; Software Metrics; Software Quality; Application Programs; Distributed Computer Systems; Software Engineering; Software Packages; Commercial Off-The-Shelf Software; Component Based Software; Component Based Systems; COTS-Based Systems; Critical Applications; Overall Quality; Quality Concerns

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Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 May 2003