This monograph provides an in-depth technical study about a COTS-based information system
made up of several commercial components. In particular, this monograph provides details of the
activities needed to make the system functionally useful. While all readers may find value in this
report, it is expressly aimed at a technical audience.
The organization that performed the work described in this monograph is not named, nor are the
specific commercial products. All of them, however, are common products, and the work is very
typical of the type of effort entailed in integrating and tuning a COTS-based information system.
Adequately describing the conceptual foundation of this work would consume too much space,
given the intended scope of a single monograph; we have therefore provided only a brief
overview here. A full description of the high-level concepts related to debugging COTS-based
systems can be found in a monograph devoted to overall debugging issues for COTS components,
Isolating Faults in Complex COTS-Based Systems.