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Drummond Group Certifies 17 AS2 Secure Messaging Products

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12 Companies Participated in Third Quarter Interoperability Test Event

AUSTIN, TX—Nov. 28, 2012—Drummond Group Inc., the trusted leader in interoperability software testing, today announced the completion of its AS2-3Q12 automated interoperability test event in which 17 products are now Drummond Certified™. Twelve international companies participated, including Axway, CLEO, Dell Boomi, DiCentral Corporation, EXTOL International Inc., GXS, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Liaison Technologies, /n software, SEEBURGER AG and TIBCO Software Inc.

Introduced in AS2-1Q12, the SHA-2 (Secure Hashing Algorithm) Optional Test Profile now has two additional products supporting it, which brings the total to seven products. In addition, AS2-Restart for VLM and AS2 Reliability had an additional two products adding support for this important profile bringing the total to six products.

As SHA-2 continues to gain support in the industry, Drummond Group expects that more AS2 products will be adding SHA-2 support in response. We see SHA-2 complementing SHA-1 which has been the default since the inception of AS2. In addition, there is a growing need for transferring messages with very large payloads (VLM) in AS2 and the AS2 Restart functionality makes these exchanges more efficient when network errors occur. The message can be resent from the last point of failure eliminating the need to resend the entire message again.

“Trading partners who utilize AS2 standard-based software applications offer secure, reliable services that enhance business relationships across multiple industries,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group. “Collaborating with competitors in a neutral setting such as the Drummond Certified™ program allows these global companies a phenomenal opportunity to deliver the latest interoperable software applications which will better serve their customers in the long run.”

For a complete list of the newly certified AS2-3Q12 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 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 or email

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