Archives of Press Articles

"A Three Case Study Comparison: Creating a Marketplace for Implementation Ready Interoperable Products"

November 19, 2007, ENERGY PULSE 
The article shows the different outcomes of interoperability certification programs instituted for three well known industry standards; why some became heavily used and others did not even though all three standards were well designed to address business needs. Read the entire article

"Smart Grid Interoperability For ALL"

December 19, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter 
Here are two recommendations to help small utilities implement the Smart Grid. First -- testing labs must expand their testing of vendor solutions (hardware and software) to other system-required solutions (example: meter software to SCADA and OMS software) instead of confining testing to a single test system, as done currently. Read the entire article

  

"Why Web Services are Both a Benefit and a Barrier to the Smart Grid"

August 14, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter 
What do Web Services (WS) have to do with the Smart Grid? If done correctly, they can be a key to progress. Done incorrectly -- as is sadly the case today -- they can be a blocker. Read the entire article

"Why Interoperable Grid Software Will Pay for Itself"

June 20, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter 
Rik Drummond, Chair Emeritus of Gridwise, provides an ROI analysis of the cost benefits that interoperable systems would provide to the North American power grid. Read the entire article

"Recognition for Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of a Smart Grid given to Rik Drummond"

GWAC-SmallApril 2007, Grid Week 2007 
In his two and a half years as chairman of the GridWise Architecture Council, Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group Inc., guided and shaped the Council as one of the primary advocacy bodies for a smart grid. 
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"Why Interoperable Grid Software Will Pay for Itself"

June 20, 2007, SMART GRID Newsletter 
Rik Drummond, Chair Emeritus of Gridwise, provides an ROI analysis of the cost benefits that interoperable systems would provide to the North American power grid. Read the entire article

"B2B Interoperability Issues -- More Than Meets the Eye" Aug. 28, 2006, Line56.com

In this commentary, DGI focuses attention on interoperability issues revolving around certificates and security toolkits, which are at the core of secure transport technologies. Increasing the interoperability of these core technologies can deliver a positive impact on supply chains.

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"Secure Electronic Data Interchange Over the Internet" 
May-June 2005, IEEE Internet Computing 
In this IEEE Internet Computing article by Kyle Meadors, a Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) principal of test processes, you will gain an in-depth overview of extensive information regarding the Electronic Data Interchange over the Internet (EDI-INT) standards which provide a secure means of transporting EDI and XML business documents over the Internet. Download the PDF

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Butting heads over B2B - Network World Fusion 
Dec. 22, 2003 
ebXML battles Web services over which will become the e-business platform of choice," http://www.nwfusion.com/power/2003/1222b2b.html

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Automating Interoperability Testing 
June 17, 2003 
"Making life easier for e-business software vendors who want to conform to AS2 testing; suppliers and the ultimate beneficiaries,"http://www.line56.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=4751

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UCC completes conformance test for CPFR products 
July 1, 2002 
Rik Drummond quoted in "UCC completes conformance test for CPFR products," Frontline Solutions

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Firms Ready Summer Test Of CPFR - Internetweek.com 
May 1, 2002 
http://www.internetwk.com/story/INW20020501S0007

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Sponsored By UCC, Drummond Group Tests Leading CPFR® Vendors For Interoperability 
May 1, 2002 
http://news.cnet.com/investor/news/newsitem/0-9900-1028-9819098-0.html

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As a contributing editor and writer, Rik Drummond (CEO, Drummond Group Inc.) has written numerous articles published in various online and print magazines. He wrote features for the online Advisor Magazine (http://www.advisor.com), formerly e-BUSINESS ADVISOR magazine, on several topics and XML-related news or research. Some of these articles have been archived at http://www.advisor.com, while others are only available in the magazine's print edition. These previous articles are linked or summarized below:

XML'S Return On Investment
E-Business Advisor - November 2000
by Rik Drummond
XML can save large amounts of money for any enterprise. But if small- and medium-sized companies don't participate electronically in their trading community, then the value of the community overall is diminished. If SMEs don't handle electronic transactions, it may result in a higher rate of transcription errors and a higher cost to use paper.
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XML: What's Still Needed For B2B?
E-Business Advisor - May 2000
by Rik Drummond
XML standards bodies must address three issues to foster business-to-business e-commerce: security, semantics, and transaction choreographies. XML is a key to many of the initiatives driving the growth of B2B electronic data exchanges. How are standards such as RosettaNet, ebXML, EDI-INT, IOTP and OBI progressing, and what is their importance to the industry?
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ebXML: The Only Chance for a Worldwide Standard
E-Business Advisor--April 2000
By Rik Drummond
Participants in the ebXML initiative move forward in creating a single XML standard for e-commerce.
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RosettaNet: The Key to Supply Chain Efficiency?
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--December 1999
By Rik Drummond
The RosettaNet standards will facilitate data exchange in the supply chain. But there's still work to be done with its XML implementation. RosettaNet, formed in 1998, is helping define open intefaces between manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and customers in the supply chain. From its inception, it was designed to minimize conflict between the supply chain competitors, and maximize benefits. How successful has it been?

XML Frameworks Promise Easier Data Exchange
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--October 1999
By Rik Drummond
XML frameworks such as eCo, BizTalk, and e-speak strive to make different XML standards work together.
Several key efforts to facilitate e-commerce are taking place that will reduce your organization's risk in using XML for e-commerce. However, in today's environment it's risky to implement any XML value chain or supply chain product whose documents or data elements aren't defined from the existing EDI standard vocabularies.

Common Syntax and Semantics for XML?
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--July/August 1999
By Rik Drummond
Without common syntax and semantics, moving data between different XML-based, e-commerce applications will involve costly human interaction. XML offers many things that existing e-commerce-capable technologies don't (such as EDI, for example), including human readability and a syntax that's relatively easy to define. To easily exchange data between applications, though, companies require a common syntax and common semantics for XML. Several efforts are underway to help companies define common syntax and semantics.

Drummond Group interviewed in CommerceNet to Tout Advances in E-commerce Framework PC Week Online, May 21, 1999 1:48 PM ET, or download a PDF file of the article

XML Takes Off
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--May 1999
By Rik Drummond
A slew of vendors have announced support for XML. Now they just have to cooperate. XML is important to e-commerce because it's a cost-effective means for moving data between applications and representing data in a standards-oriented format. Many vendors are supporting this technology in their products.

XML and Object Technology
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--February 1999
By Rik Drummond
The combination of XML and object technology will achieve the best of both technologies. XML will affect internal and inter-organizational application and process integration like no other technology has. By removing the major inhibitor of e-commerce--application integration--XML should greatly boost the advent of wide-scale e-commerce implementations.

 

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