B2B Plugtests

B2B – ETSI "Double" Events on The Business For eSolutions was organized at the ETSI Headquarters, in Sophia Antipolis, France. The formula of running an ETSI Plugtests™ event in parallel with an ETSI Workshop has proved the perfect formula for eSolution stakeholders as event attendees file feedback following their summer breaks. ETSI offered the perfect environment for ICT professionals to network, and whilst the B2B Workshop was happening 7-8 July, the B2B ETSI Plugtests™ event ran 7-11 July 2008.

1. The workshop event attracted international collaborators from Asia, Europe, and North America with a common goal to advance the B2B Global Test Network concept. The workshop demonstrated:

  • Integration of eBusiness solutions: implementation uses cases & standardization issues
  • Initiatives for improving interoperability & developing eBusiness testing

Delegates reported it particularly useful to share thoughts relating to new advances in test framework architectures and the results from using these architectures for B2B integration testing.

2. The ETSI Plugtests™ event was a B2B interoperability testing event for eBusiness standard solutions organised in partnership with OASIS and in collaboration with CEN, and provided user communities with opportunities to:

  • Test B2B interoperability with partners in their own application space
  • Test interoperability between different messaging standards using Gateways
  • Refine the design of an interoperable solution with partners and set the basis for interoperability rules and best practices within their community
  • Evaluate the use of Vendor-to-Vendor interoperability tests to consolidate the certification process used by Industry communities
  • Perform conformance tests (provided by KorBIT) to check vendor MSH prior to Face-to-Face interoperability test sessions

ETSI set up a complete and detailed test program in preparation to the event with support from Boostaero, CEN, Drummond Group, Fujitsu, KorBIT, and NIST, enabling eBusiness solution vendors to:

  • Detect and correct bugs in their solutions
  • Resolve inter-solution inconsistencies resulting from interpretation differences in eBusiness standards
  • Consolidate their understanding on the interaction between messaging and eBusiness layers

This event was supported by the European Commission.