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Mindreef Chosen By DTN For Web Services Testing And SOA Quality

Mindreef SOAPscope Server Helps DTN Deliver Real-Time Weather Information To Customers

Mindreef announced that DTN is using Mindreef SOAPscope and SOAPscope Server to test and verify the quality of Web services and to collaborate among development teams. DTN, a private company based in Omaha, Nebraska, is a business-to-business provider of real-time market, news and weather information services to agricultural and energy trading markets, and other weather-sensitive industries. The company provides on-demand market information, commodity cash prices, industry news, in-depth analysis and location-specific weather to more than 120,000 subscribers.

DTN uses Mindreef’s Web services as a way to automate and deliver real-time information and integrate data from several internal departments. The first project was creating DTN’s patented technology PrecipTimer, a tool that allows users to know when rain, snow or ice will begin, how long it will last and how much precipitation is expected for a specific location, helping customers make informed business decisions.  DTN also is the official forecaster for the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and provides onsite weather forecasts during tournaments; and advises theme parks when bad weather looms in order to best protect guest’s safety.

The development team at DTN invested in Mindreef SOAPscope Server, an award winning diagnostic and testing platform that helps individual developers, testers, support engineers and consultants solve Web services problems quickly. The DTN team, which was relatively new to Web services at the time, was able to deliver PrecipTimer within two months using SOAPscope Server’s comprehensive tools for testing, diagnostics, governance and quality. The success of this project initiated such trust in DTN’s Web services capabilities that development efforts were expanded for the creation of several new services.

“Mindreef helped us quickly test and verify our Web services applications, making sure they are of high quality and as functional as expected,” said Mark Stevens, systems design engineer at DTN. “As a development group, Mindreef also helps us ensure interoperability between internal groups using a defined WSDL and an underlying implementation of GSOAP. We appreciate the community based sharing of different requests and the ability to track and repeat regression testing efforts.”

“We’re pleased that DTN chose Mindreef SOAPscope Server as its platform of choice to create high-quality Web services and ensure maximum adoption, business agility and service reuse, said Frank Grossman, co-founder and president of Mindreef. “Like Mindreef, DTN recognizes that SOA Quality is not only a key component of reaping the intended benefits of SOA, it’s the strategy needed to achieve maximum business benefit.”

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