The Center is actively conducting research in the area of off-the-shelf software process, integration and cost modeling. Our new cost model COCOTS (COnstructive COTS), focuses on estimating the cost, effort, and schedule associated with using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components in a software development project. Though still experimental, COCOTS is a model complementary to COCOMO® II, capturing costs that traditionally have been outside the scope of COCOMO®. Ideally, once fully formulated and validated, COCOTS will be used in concert with COCOMO® to provide a complete software development cost estimation solution.
COTS and MBASE
COTS and CeBASE
The Center for Software Engineering is currently doing research on composable COTS processes for the development of COTS Based Systems.