AUSTIN, TX—July 23, 2013—Drummond Group Inc., the trusted leader in interoperability software testing, today announced the completion of its AS2-1Q13 automated interoperability test event in which 15 products are now Drummond Certified™. New software applications from Axway, Cleo, Dell Boomi, EXTOL International Inc., GXS, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, /n software, SEEBURGER AG, Software AG and TIBCO Software Inc. participated in this latest vendor-neutral test event held across multiple time zones around the world.
As in previous AS2 interoperability test events, optional profiles were utilized, including the SHA-2 (Secure Hashing Algorithm), AS2-Restart for VLM and AS2 Reliability, to name a few. Each of the optional profiles brings its own unique offerings. For instance, SHA-2 complements SHA-1, which has been the default since the inception of AS2. In addition, the need for transferring messages that have large payloads (VLM), and which the AS2 Restart functionality provides (1GB binary payload was used for testing), is critical to the success of these transfers and eliminates having to resend the entire messages repeatedly after network errors.
“Software applications based on the AS2 standard continue to make available the means to help global organizations deliver secure, reliable services to everyone they trade with in numerous industries,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group. “For more than 10 years, the Drummond Certified™ program has maintained its trusted, neutral setting that successfully grants global competitors an ideal setting to test current versions of their software applications to ensure interoperability and better serve their customers wherever they are located.”
For a complete list of the newly certified AS2-1Q13 products and registration information for upcoming tests), please visit:
AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is one of the most widely recognized messaging standards for B2B e-commerce with thousands of implementations around the globe. It enables users to connect, deliver and reply to all forms of data (including EDI and XML) securely and reliably, thereby delivering cost savings and providing flexibility and control on how the data is utilized. The Drummond Certified™ program provides numerous industries with a wide selection of software tested for compliance and interoperability that offers leading product features in a variety of prices.
Drummond Group’s testing automation tool, InSitu®, also was utilized during this AS2 interoperability test round, including being enhanced to facilitate SHA-2 testing. The InSitu® technology allows the tester to automate the execution and evaluation of the test cases used for interoperability testing, including sending and receiving AS2 messaging. This provides testers with more time to focus on solving any interoperability issues.
Optional Test Profiles
AS2 Optional Test Profiles build upon an existing technical standard because certain industries have additional requirements they need added to the AS2 standard and, therefore, to the AS2 Interoperability Test. The AS2 Optional Test Profiles are being added in stages to the AS2 standard or listed as “Informational Status” to the standard within IETF. Participation in these test profiles is optional. Making the Industry Test Profiles optional maintains the integrity of the existing standard while providing interested software companies, who sell into the respective vertical, the opportunity to certify their capabilities. Those software companies who do not sell into the vertical can opt out. The end result is a group of software products certified for compliance and interoperability of the AS2 standard as well as a sub-set of software products also certified for the Optional AS2 Test Profile(s).
About Drummond Group Inc.
Founded in 1999, Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is a leader in innovative, global software testing, certification and acts as a catalyst to advance and tie together technologies, standards, security and interoperability in vertical industries – smart grid, automotive, health care, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail. As a trusted, experienced and accredited interoperability test lab, the firm offers global test services through the product life cycle, including auditing, quality assurance, conformance and test consulting. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com