IBM unveils blockchain ecosystem

IBM unveils blockchain ecosystem

IBM has unveiled a blockchain ecosystem “to help accelerate the creation of blockchain networks”.

“The future growth and adoption of blockchain is reliant upon building a strong ecosystem. Business networks will only reach critical mass when innovators, industry experts and infrastructure providers come together in new ways to reinvent how business transactions happen,” sates Bridget Van Kralingen, SVP, IBM Industry Platforms.

“The growing maturity of the Hyperledger Project code is a major milestone,” she adds.

IBM says its programme “is designed for innovators looking to build real networks – venture capitalists, start-ups, systems integrators, independent software vendors and enterprise developers”.

The company says it “will provide education and tools aimed to reduce the time required to go from idea to execution. IBM blockchain professionals will hold ‘office hours’ via the Hyperledger Fabric Slack channel providing support to developers and help with troubleshooting.

“This is in addition to the courses and learning modules for business users and developers already available on developerWorks. These will be augmented with code libraries, smart contract templates and tools currently in development to speed the creation of blockchain apps.”

These programmes are designed to support the Linux Foundation Hyperledger Fabric v1.0 and the IBM Blockchain platform.

The blockchain ecosystem already has a number of early participants, such as Cloudsoft, EY, Everledger, Hacera, The Hive, IntellectEU, Loyyal, Mooti, Netki, Sensify Security, and Skuchain.