Blockchain for business success starts here

Now in its 3rd edition, IBM’s Blockchain for Dummies has introduced blockchain to more than 68,000 readers. Download your copy now.

What’s inside:

  • Grasping blockchain fundamentals
  • How blockchain works
  • Propelling business with blockchain
  • Blockchain in action: use cases
  • Hyperledger, hosted by the Linux Foundation
  • Ten steps to your first blockchain application

Blockchain 101 in five minutes

Understanding the basics of blockchain technology can be challenging. But our friends at IBM Food Trust™ – the blockchain network that’s building a safer, smarter food supply – make it easier with these short videos.

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What is Blockchain?

Step inside the basics of blockchain technology: how blocks contain data representing anything of value, how they’re chronologically connected in an immutable chain, and the differences between blockchain and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Blockchain Expanded

Learn how the decentralized nature of blockchain sets it apart from traditional record-keeping, the value of a permissioned blockchain for business transactions, and how blockchain promotes new levels of trust and transparency.

The Food Chain

The food industry is just one of many being transformed through blockchain technology. Learn how it can trace when, where and how food has been grown, picked, shipped and processed – all while protecting network-participant data.

Setting the Table

Blockchain creates trust because it represents a shared record of the truth. Data that everyone can believe in will help power other new technologies that dramatically increase efficiency, transparency and confidence.

Why use blockchain for business?

Build trust more easily

In trade, buyers and sellers have to trust each other before they can do business. That process can be time consuming and expensive. A new blockchain solution solves for that by verifying financial details and other important trading information.

Collaborate on common goals

As goods move through a supply chain – from when they’re created to when they’re consumed – they pass through many different hands. Blockchain makes it possible for everyone involved to work together more efficiently in this new solution.

Plus many more benefits

Expand your knowledge – and your library – by saving 50% on the print or eBook edition of  “Blockchain for Business.” It’s the practical guide for leaders who want to understand how to use blockchain in order to transform their organizations.

How to get started with blockchain

Bring your idea on paper to life

Bring your idea on paper to life

With the help of the IBM Garage™, you can work with leading minds and leverage proven methodologies to transform your blockchain for business idea into a working Proof of Concept is as little as 4 to 12 weeks.

Build with the leading platform

Build with the IBM Blockchain Platform

Learn how to build, operate, govern and grow a solution with the next-generation IBM Blockchain Platform. From ease-of-use to ownership of everything you create, explore our latest award-winning platform that now uses Red Hat® OpenShift® for multicloud flexibility.

Learn more with IBM Blockchain Pulse


Grab your earbuds and fill your head with knowledge from blockchain innovators. Hear how blockchain is helping individuals take back control of identity, fight global poverty and pollution, and much more.


Blockchain becomes much easier to understand when you learn about it from the experts. This is mandatory viewing for anyone who wants to understand how blockchain is changing the way the world works.


There’s no shortage of blockchain content online. But for more than 1 million readers, the IBM Blockchain Pulse Blog is one of the most trusted sources for blockchain thought leadership and insights.

Go even deeper with IBM insights

The IBM Institute for Business Value produces some of the world’s most-read blockchain thought leadership reports. Continue your blockchain education with their latest perspectives.

Blockchain FAQ

What's the difference between blockchain and bitcoin?

Bitcoin is an unregulated, digital currency. Bitcoin uses blockchain technology as its transaction ledger.

This video illustrates the distinction between the two.

How are the IBM Blockchain Platform and Hyperledger related?

The IBM Blockchain Platform is powered by Hyperledger technology.

This blockchain solution can help turn any developer into a blockchain developer.

Visit the Hyperledger web site for details.

What are smart contracts?

Smart contracts are an integral part of blockchain technology. They automatically execute transactions and record information onto the ledger without human intervention.

Conditions of smart contracts are mutually agreed on by network members. They’re a key component for establishing trust and efficiency between parties.

Smart contracts eliminate essentially all the paperwork, streamlining the entire process and saving time and money.

To help you learn more about smart contracts, Nigel Gopie, PhD, the IBM Food Trust Global Marketing Leader - IBM Blockchain, has written a blog post that explains smart contracts in more detail.

How can blockchain impact an entire industry?

Blockchain enables businesses to rethink the way they work.

In the diamond industry, for example, each party can access:

  • High-resolution photos
  • Immutable payment records
  • Certificates of authenticity and more.

Can I deploy on any cloud I want?

IBM Blockchain Platform software is optimized to deploy on Red Hat® OpenShift®, Red Hat’s state-of-the-art enterprise Kubernetes platform.

This means you have more flexibility when choosing where to deploy your blockchain network components, whether on-premises, in public clouds, or in hybrid cloud architectures.

I need more detailed information. Where is it?

For a more detailed look at how a blockchain network operates and how you can use it, read the Introduction to distributed ledgers.

→ Learn more from the blockchain tutorial on developerWorks.

Explore the capabilities of the IBM Blockchain Platform - the only fully integrated enterprise-ready blockchain platform designed to help you accelerate the development, governance and operation of a multi-institution business network.

→ Register to download the IBM Blockchain Platform white paper.

Get the details on Hyperledger Fabric and discover what's unique  about it, why it matters to business networks, and how to start using it.

→ Visit the Hyperledger page on developerWorks.

The quick-start guide for developers explains how to build a kick-starter blockchain network and start coding with the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan.

→ View the quick start guide for developers.

What can we solve together?

Discover how clients around the world are using IBM Blockchain to transform business now.