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DGI’s ebMS Tests Vital For Interoperable Solutions in Multiple Industries

By August 30, 2005 No Comments

AUSTIN, TX–Aug. 30, 2005–Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) today announced that its fifth ebXML Messaging Service (ebMS) interoperability test round set to begin in September will feature a series of critical functionality tests designed to benefit a variety of industries including automotive and public health. Interoperable, certified ebMS software products enable Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) by providing secure and reliable messaging for business-to-business communications over the Internet.

“ebMS is an open and interoperable B2B standard which focuses on business problems faced in today’s marketplaces, so it has seen an increased cross-industry adoption as it provides organizations with the necessary tools to improve operational efficiencies for their clients and trading partners,” said Rik Drummond, DGI’s chief executive officer. “Since 2001, DGI has tested and certified numerous software products based on the ebMS standard with a variety of built-in features and affordable options to support an interoperable global marketplace. Now, more companies can experience the benefits that software certification and interoperability can deliver to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other organizations within multiple industries.”

Once a software product successfully completes and passes a DGI test round, it enables participating solutions to effectively communicate with other B2B solutions, eliminates costly communication obstacles and facilitates efficient trading partner relationships.

ebMS is continuing to prove its adaptability to critical global cross-industry efforts with new production deployments, including within the:

Automotive industry by Volkswagen of America and its partners
U.S. public health industry by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
European paper industry as promoted by PapiNet
European energy trading promoted by EFETnet
Asia-Pacific government, import-export and financial applications.
NPfIT, the largest public health initiative in the United Kingdom. This group has committed to an ebMS messaging infrastructure.
DGI’s Fall 2005 ebMS test round will include functionality with cross-industry relevance. For instance, the automotive industry will once again be addressed in this test round with the inclusion of data compression as recommended by the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) Transport Guidelines. The health-care sector is addressed by including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHIN MS) guidelines for XML Encryption and Client Authentication.

To sign up for software product testing and certification, please visit: http://www.drummondgroup.com/html-v2/join.html

A list of software products which participated in the ebMS 3Q04 test round may be found at: http://www.drummondgroup.com/html-v2/ebXML-companies.html

About Drummond Group Inc.

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is an independent, privately held company that works with software vendors, vertical industries and the standards community to drive adoption for standards by conducting interoperability and conformance testing, publishing related strategic research and developing vertical industry strategies. Founded in 1999, DGI represents best-of-breed in the industry on linking horizontal infrastructure technologies, standards and interoperability issues with the needs of vertical industries such as retail, grocery, health care, transportation, government and automotive. For more information, please visit www.drummondgroup.com or email: info2@drummondgroup.com.