Managing Software Acquisition: Open Systems and COTS Products

B. Craig Meyers, Patricia Oberndorf



The acquisition of open systems and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products is an increasingly vital element of corporate and government software development. Properly managed software acquisition offers potential for significant time and cost savings over a system's lifetime. The transition from proprietary, custom-built systems to systems based on standards and commercial products is not easy, however. Managers and their staff must understand the risks and opportunities associated with this acquisition approach.

Managing Software Acquisition presents the fundamental principles and best practices for successful acquisition of open, COTS-based systems. It explores the many opportunities and challenges of this approach, defines key terms, anticipates potential problems, and discusses the effect of software acquisition on the manager's job. The information presented addresses critical concerns affecting the entire software industry; it also discusses important issues particular to government acquisition.

Managing Software Acquisition moves from a broad overview of the topic to experience-based advice on managing the transition and more detailed information on acquisition. You will find coverage of such topics as:
  • Promises and pitfalls of open, COTS-based system acquisition
  • Implications for industry and government--quality, loss of control, and risk
  • Reference models, architectures, and standards for open systems and COTS products
  • Implications for cost, schedule, performance, and staff
  • Engineering practices, including defining requirements, integration, testing, deployment, and support
  • Contracting strategies and relationships with vendors
  • Integrated acquisition using standards and COTS products

Each major section concludes with realistic, open-ended exercises that illustrate vital issues confronting software acquisition managers. In addition, the book includes an extensive reference section containing a glossary, list of acronyms, sample questions to help organizations evaluate their needs, and more.





- 開放的、基於商業現成產品的系統收購的承諾和陷阱
- 對行業和政府的影響-質量、控制損失和風險
- 開放系統和商業現成產品的參考模型、架構和標準
- 對成本、進度、性能和人員的影響
- 工程實踐,包括定義需求、集成、測試、部署和支持
- 與供應商的合同策略和關係
- 使用標準和商業現成產品的集成收購