The paradigm shift to commercial off-the-shelf components appears inevitable, necessitating drastic changes to current software development and business practices. Quality and risk concerns currently limit the application of COTS based system design to noncritical applications. New approaches to quality and risk management will be needed to handle the growth of CBSs. Our metrics based approach and software engineering metrics can aid developers and managers in analyzing the return on investment in quality improvement initiatives for CBSs. These metrics also facilitate the modeling of cost and quality, although we need more complex models to capture the intricate relationships between cost and quality metrics in a CBS.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Department

Computer Science

Keywords and Phrases

CBS; COTS Based System Design; COTS-Based Systems; Business Practices; Commercial Off-The-Shelf Components; Complex Models; Metrics Based Approach; Noncritical Applications; Quality Improvement Initiatives; Quality Metrics; Return On Investment; Risk Concerns; Risk Management; Software Development; Software Development Management; Software Engineering Metrics; Software Metrics; Software Packages; Software Quality

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Article - Journal

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© 2001 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 May 2001