Commercial Off The Shelf
The benefits of Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) items are many: faster integration, reduced R&D, reduced operation and support cost, and increased product availability. However, with benefits come challenges for the integrators such as short product life-cycles and leapfrogging newer technologies, both of which can cause rampant obsolescence issues. To help monitor this growing industry, BAE Systems sent out a COTS Market Survey to various COTS OEMs and subsequently developed a practical COTS Vendor Health Analysis.
The results of the COTS Market Survey are displayed in AVCOM to provide a means to project the life cycle of current COTS items, monitor the number of active vendors producing similar items, track the demand of the product and identify the level of technology used. The COTS Vendor Health Analysis then provides a graphical display of the survey results.
What does this mean to you?
- Reduced risk
- Improved reaction time
- Decreased Total Cost of Ownership