Interoperability

Introduction

The term interoperability is used to explain the capability of various programs to exchange data via a standard set of exchange formats, to read and write the same file formats, and to use the same protocols.


1. How to achieve Software Interoperability?

Software interoperability requires a standard agreement that's normally acquired via an industrial, national, or international standard.

Each of these has a vital role in reducing variability in intercommunication software and enhancing a standard understanding of the end goal to be achieved.

The ways in which software interoperability can be achieved is as follows:

  • Product testing.
  • Product engineering.
  • Industry/community partnership.
  • Common technology and IP.
  • Standard implementation.


2. How is Interoperability testing done?

  • Identify all the applications that are a part of the network.
  • Identify their respective functionalities.
  • For each application, identify the input it takes and also the output it returns.
  • Identify those data points that might be traversing through all/most of the applications.
  • Identify the expected behavior for every combination of application and data that has to be validated.
  • Document it.


3. What are the types of Interoperability?


(i). Syntactic interoperability

Syntactic interoperability refers to those systems that will interact effectively without any restriction with formats/protocols that are compatible. SQL and XML standards of formatting are recognized under Syntactic interoperability. This is often also stated as structural interoperability.


(ii) Semantic interoperability

This is the capability of systems to exchange and accurately interpret information automatically. Semantic interoperability is achieved when the structure and codification of information is uniform among all systems involved.

(iii) Cross-domain interoperability

Cross-domain interoperability is a type of interoperability that is related to disparate systems. It deals with the standardization of policies and practices of those disparate systems.

4. What is Interoperability in Telecommunications?

In telecommunications, interoperability is when components of telecommunication systems work effectively. They are typically related to coverage of equipment, network scale, and availability of signal. For instance, interoperability is required for the successful communication of two-way radios. ITU-T is the standard used in international telecommunications to realize interoperability.


5. What is Interoperability in Software?

Interoperability in software refers to the functionality of various programs to exchange information, share files, and use the same protocols. Java is usually considered a highly interoperable programming language for software because it can run and execute any program with a Java virtual machine (JVM).


6. What is Interoperability in Search?

Interoperability gives users the ability to collect information from multiple sources even though they only search for one query. This enables organizations to create more practical use of enormous amounts of information and supports data mining.


7. What are the Advantages of Interoperability?

  • Interoperability is advantageous because it is comparatively cheaper to maintain since it consumes a lower amount of resources.
  • Access to information is given to all appropriate stakeholders.
  • The quality of information is improved as more sources can be brought together.
  • The efficiency of your organization can be increased because interoperability helps in reducing the time needed for data processing.


8. Why is Interoperability Testing important?

Interoperability testing is done because:

  • Different vendors are able to get complete service for all their products that are connected through the system.
  • The product should be able to communicate with another component or device without any compatibility issues.


9. What is the risk associated because of lack of Interoperability testing?

  • Loss of data.
  • Unreliable performance.
  • Unreliable operation.
  • Incorrect operation.
  • Low maintainability.


10. What are the applications of Interoperability in Cloud Service?

  • Switching cloud service providers - The customers have the ability to switch their applications easily between multiple cloud service providers.
  • Use of multiple cloud service providers - The customer's systems will be compatible with multiple cloud service providers.
  • Directly linked cloud services - The customer is able to link old cloud services with new cloud services.
  • Hybrid cloud configuration - The customer has the ability to connect an internal private cloud.
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