The goal of this report is to survey the state of the practice in Commercial-Off-the-Shelf COTS-based development. The report discusses the definition of COTS and COTS-based systems. Then it lists and discusses pros, cons, and issues in COTS-based development. The central part is dedicated to surveying methods and techniques that can be useful in COTS-based development. Finally, a process to support COTS-based development is proposed, and emerging standards and techniques for component integration are discussed.
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