The Disconnect Between Interoperability and Conformance Testing

Presented by

Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group Inc., The Trusted Interoperability Test Lab

About this talk

There is a significant disconnect between the meaning of the words conformance and interoperability as perceived from a traditional technical mindset and the reality of end-users existing in multiple domains. Too often, it is presumed if one version of a product performs a single conformance or interoperability test that it will satisfy most or nearly all of the interoperability needs of the user community. However, based on the data we have collected through running large numbers of interoperability and conformance tests, we can demonstrate that just a very small percentage of test case error rate (less than 0.5%) among the product test group results in a high number of deployment interoperability failures. This is due to a misunderstanding of the relational and non-transitive aspect of interoperability itself and also a failure to appreciate product life cycle issue (i.e. multiple versions of a single product) with deployment across multiple user domains. This webcast will expand on these concepts as well as speak on a recent mathematic probability paper which reveals the likelihood of conformance through interoperability testing (and vice versa), how it is often far lower than expected and how testing programs can successfully address this.

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