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Subject: 10/16/2003: Summary and Abstract for Demonstration Loaded for XML2003

I was asked by Dee Schur to provide the abstract we previously discussed 
for the XML 2003 Poster Presentations.  See below the details.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.  This is 
very much what we had before with a bit more on Registry.

Achieving Interoperability Using Test Frameworks

Key words: conformance,interoperability,test profile,ebXML 
Registry/Repository,ebXML Messaging Service,test scenarios,test 
cases,test framework,test automation

Short description: OASIS ebXML Implementation, Interoperability and 
Conformance (IIC) developed the Test Framework v.1.0 for ebXML Messaging 
Service (ebMS). Conformance and interoperability will be exercised in a 
messaging and service discovery (registry) scenario.

Resources: cables and power cords, power strip, extension cords


Testing is instrumental for successful deployment of inter-enterprise 
eBusiness standards. B2B testbeds are enabling instruments to:

  - Assure and assess quality of emerging standards
  - Promote standards adoption in the vendor products and by users
  - Validate conformance of the products to standards
  - Validate interoperability between the vendor products and their 

To instill business confidence, the OASIS ebXML Implementation, 
Interoperability and Conformance (IIC) developed the ebXML Test 
Framework v.1.0.  In the first release, this framework defined a 
conformance and interoperability test suite for ebXML Messaging Service 
(ebMS). It continues its work to provide an adaptable test framework and 
specifications for other ebXML and industry standards.

In this real-world test scenario, the ebXML IIC and interested test 
groups will exercise key elements of the ebXML Test Framework including 
conformance and interoperability for remote and local reporting modes, 
using the Test Driver and Test Service components.  The ebXML IIC is 
collaborating with test suite groups worldwide, from United States to 
South Korea to Europe.

This real-world test scenario involves complementary tests, such as:

   * A supply chain where a buyer or supplier - a marketplace product, 
process engine, or message handler service - must test an upgrade with 
their solutions as well as with their customers. The enhancements will 
then be integrated into production operations.

   * Providing access to services or objects via a Registry to support 
the supply chain operations.

These incremental testing processes are new supply chain requirements to 
ensure the product functions meet reliability goals and provide ready 
access to discover services to support operations.

Such testing involves ebMS and Registry functions such as:

 - Conformance: Messaging generation of a payload containers, resending 
of  retries; Registry HTTP interface support for QueryManagement, creation
   of auditable events by the Registry Service

 - Interoperability: Asynchronous request, signed acknowledgements, and 
error handling

The ebXML IIC developed test specifications for a test framework and 
procedures to automate conformance and interoperability testing.  The 
test framework specifies distributed software components. This OASIS 
technical committee (TC) is focused on test automation, computable 
execution and verifiable results.

Two test groups will join ebXML IIC - NCA and Drake Certivo.  In 2002, 
the Department of e-Business Research, Knowledge and Information 
Technology Division of the National Computerization Agency (NCA) 
completed the development of their conformance test requirements for 
ebMS, Registry/Repository, and Collaboration Protocol Profile and 
Agreement (CPP/A) as well as ebMS interoperability test requirements. 
They are now enhancing their test bed to follow the ebXML IIC test 
framework.  Drake Certivo will also demonstrate their test suite 
functionality based on this test framework. Drake Certivo has also 
conducted interoperability and compliance tests for RosettaNet.  Other 
interoperability players will be encouraged to participate, including 
eBusiness Standardization (eBES) vendor forum under CEN-ISSS.

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