Testing is a necessary step in systems integration. Testing in the context of cross-enterprise business-to-business (B2B) integration is more difficult and expensive than localized integration due to the geographical differences. Traditionally, the difficulty is alleviated by devising the testing into two stages; conformance and then interoperability tests. The expectation is that interoperability issues are addressed as much as possible in the lower-cost conformance test where systems are independently tested against a referenced system. In the traditional approach, the two stages are performed sequentially with little feedback between them. In addition, test results and test traces are left only to human analysis or discarded if the solution passes the test. This paper proposes an approach where test results and traces from both the conformance and interoperability tests are analyzed for potential interoperability issues; conformance test cases are then derived from the analysis. The result is that more interoperability issues are resolved in the conformance testing mode; consequently, time and cost required for achieving interoperable solutions are reduced.
Proceedings Title: 3rd International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Software Applications
Conference Dates: March 26-30, 2007
Conference Location: Funchal, Madeira Island,
Pub Type: Conferences
B2B messaging service, conformance & interoperability testing, interoperability of E-Business solutions, tools for interoperability