AS4 - Web Services Secure B2B Messaging: Open Standard, Simple and Interoperable

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A new web services messaging standard, AS4, defines a simplified approach to securely exchanging business documents using Web Services software over the internet. Drummond Group, the trusted interoperability test lab, announces their new white paper, "AS4- A new Tool in the B2B Toolkit", a webinar on AS4 scheduled April 6th, 2009 and their upcoming AS4 software interoperability certification test this fall.

The white paper was written in response to many requests for an AS4 overview and benefits document. It was especially written for those organizations considering Web services messaging as a B2B communication platform alternative.

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted interoperability test lab, announces their new white paper, "AS4 - A New Tool for the B2B Toolbox" and another upcoming webinar in a series on AS4. Drummond Group's new Interoperability Certification Program for AS4 will also begin this fall. AS4, a new Web Services messaging standard, defines a simplified approach to securely exchanging business documents using Web Services. It is a profile of the OASIS ebMS 3.0 specification and has evolved over the last two years through work done by the leading business to business messaging software companies and Drummond Group.

"The white paper was written in response to many requests for an AS4 overview and benefits document. It was especially written for those organizations considering Web services messaging as a B2B communication platform alternative." says Beth Morrow, President Drummond Group. "We also invite companies interested to join us for our upcoming AS4 webinar, April 6th, to gain first-hand insights and Q/A opportunities."

The white paper explains the business benefits of AS4 for both users and implementers along with a technical overview of the specification and the technology framework that supports it. The challenge for the adoption of secure inter-business communication using Web Services is the complexity of options and the lack of interoperability between products. AS4 simplifies the technical approach to Web Services B2B by merging the best aspects of one of the most successful Internet messaging standards, AS2, with the Web services-centric nature of ebMS 3.0. The white paper offers a technical overview of these popular messaging services and shows the challenges to web services adoption.

To download the free white paper, go to Interoperable AS4
and click on AS4 - A New Tool for the B2B Toolbox

To participate in our April 6th webinar (10:00 am PDST (1:00 pm EDST) on AS4 or to join the upcoming AS4 Interoperability Certification Test Event (Sept 2009).

Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is the trusted interoperability test lab offering global testing services through the product life cycle. In addition to interoperability testing services, Drummond Group offers test lab services including auditing, QA, conformance, and test consulting. Founded in 1999, DGI represents best-of-breed on linking technologies, standards and interoperability issues with the needs of vertical industries such as automotive, consumer product goods, healthcare, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail.

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