The goal of interoperability testing proves the end to end functionality between two communicating systems required by the standard on which the systems are based.
The lack of interoperability testing causes:
- Loss of data
- Unreliable performance
- Unreliable operation
- Low maintainability
- Incorrect operation
The different software levels in interoperability testing is
- Physical interoperability
- Data-type interoperability
- Specific –level interoperability
- Semantic interoperability
The objectives of this interoperability testing is
- Determining the perfect and accurate data passed between the software
- Conform proper timing and coordination of functions which exists between the applications.
For example developing the test transactions and verifying the process in one application or entering the transaction in production environment or verifying the new changes of the parameters in the system. The main disadvantage is time consuming that is cost may be high if the system is run several times.
The challenges faced by interoperability testing:
- Determining the basic root and cause in depth of the defects
- The accurate measurement of any application results
- The scalability and flexibility of the testing
- Complex features in the network
- Testing all the equipments
- Creating the documents
- Inappropriate requirements
The difference between the interoperability testing and conformance testing is in interoperability testing, it makes certain that the application or software will interoperate with other without any certified issues. Whereas in conformance testing it makes sure that the compliance of the product is required for the standard and specification.
Interoperability testing is done because it ensures the end-end service facility for more products for different sellers. The software should be able to communicate with other components without any compatible issues.
The different test strategies of interoperability testing is
- Connecting two or more components from different sellers
- Check connection between the devices
- Check if the device can send or receive the network packets
- If result is ok then go for testing next result.
Check your understanding:
- What is interoperability testing?
- What are the types of interoperability testing? give some example
- What are the levels of interoperability testing?
- Why do we need interoperability testing?