Your guide to the IBM Blockchain Platform announcement

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It’s an exciting time to be working with blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that has progressed from concept to reality in a variety of industries. Over the past two years and from involvement in over 400 client engagements, IBM has learned what can help businesses looking to build a blockchain solution. Today, that work and experience culminated in the announcement of general availability for the beta-proven IBM Blockchain Platform. This enterprise-ready platform helps addresses the pain points of setting up blockchain networks, including security, performance, collaboration and privacy.

Other than the press release, there are several ways to learn more about the announcement. See which ones might be valuable for you to check out.

Overview of the IBM Blockchain Platform

IBM Blockchain Platform is an enterprise-ready offering delivered through the IBM Cloud. The platform is designed to provide business leaders and developers with tools to accelerate the development of blockchain networks that are always on, secured and scalable. With the developer sandbox, which is powered by Hyperledger Composer, any programmer can turn a business design into chaincode and smart contracts in an online, local or cloud environment. When the blockchain network is activated, participants can use integrated tools to enforce customizable democratic policies to manage and govern changes to the network.

Want to know how IBM Blockchain Platform enables network members to collaborate on developing, governing and operating a blockchain network? From this blog post by Steve Cerveny, lead offering management for IBM Blockchain Platform, you’ll learn about the technical components of the platform and the integrated tools that facilitate development and activation. This is the post to read if you’re wondering what differentiates IBM Blockchain Platform from other commercial blockchain services. You can also see IBM Blockchain Platform in action by watching this video.

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IBM Blockchain Platform use cases

What kinds of issues can companies begin to address by using IBM Blockchain Platform? Check out the THINK blog post by Marie Wieck, General Manager, IBM Blockchain, to learn how Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart are collaborating with IBM on a blockchain-based solution to help prevent and resolve problems that occur within food supply chains. Find out about the food safety concerns that spurred these companies into action, pilot studies that have been completed and ways IBM Blockchain Platform can help accelerate development of blockchain networks. Check out the Facebook Live replay to see a demo of tracking and tracing strawberries from farmer to retailer.

In the embedded video. Frank Yiannas, Vice president of Food Safety at Walmart, discusses the goals of a blockchain solution for the food supply chain and how they’re making that vision a reality in collaboration with IBM.

If you’re interested in seeing how other companies are using blockchain to transform their industries, check out the following videos:

Resources for development on IBM Blockchain Platform

Building a blockchain network can be challenging. If you’re a developer, you’ve probably run into several issues while learning and using the technology. In this blog post, Kathryn Harrison, lead of offering management for Hyperledger Composer, breaks down some of the difficult aspects of blockchain development and discusses how IBM Blockchain Platform can make them easier.

Now that you know how IBM Blockchain Platform can help you get your business blockchain network running, visit the Dev Center to experiment with samples and then get started bringing your ideas to life. Or you can visit the website to explore the solution further.

Don’t forget to join the IBM Blockchain community for updates:

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Blockchain Marketing Leader, IBM Blockchain

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