Applications and Use Cases

IBM and Hacera Introduce Blockchain Yellow Pages

September 14, 2018

As new enterprise blockchain projects continue to emerge, IBM is among the leaders helping drive the market with its blockchain platform.  In fact, Juniper Research notes that IBM is the preferred technology provider for 65 percent of enterprise blockchain projects, far and away the leader in the market (Microsoft is in second place, with 7 percent of enterprise projects).

From the outset, IBM has been a proponent of open technologies for blockchain in order to build an ecosystem that would drive innovation and create new projects that would transform business operations.  In fact, the company has participate in a number of projects aimed at widening the scope of blockchain applications for business, including Hyperledger, the Sovrin Foundation, and the Stellar network.

Most recently, it recognized a gap between blockchain projects and their visibility, limiting the use of blockchain solutions simply because businesses aren’t aware of them.  To solve the problem, IBM has joined the HACERA Unbounded Registry as a founding member in an effort to create a listing of blockchain projects and organizations to increase awareness and accessibility, “in order to unleash the power of blockchain,” as Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow and VP Blockchain Technologies, notes.

Cuomo announced IBM’s participation in the Unbounded Registry in a blog post, explaining that, “By working with HACERA and other members of Unbounded Registry, we see a future where consumers and providers of blockchain services will be able to discover each other and begin transacting in a more secure way and where technology providers and consumers can innovate and integrate to create limitless and unbounded possibilities.”

The Registry, which Cuomo refers to as “the Yellow Pages of Blockchain,” will provide a listing of blockchain initiatives, with a brief description, as well as a listing of news related to the projects, creating a database that business innovators can use as a resource to seek out blockchain applications that can benefit their companies.  The Registry itself is, naturally, built on blockchain technology and provides a decentralized way to register, find, and join active blockchain projects and solutions.  It has been designed to interoperate with popular distributed ledger technologies, like Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, R3 Corda, EEA Quorum, and Stellar Network.

As Cuomo wrote: “The Yellow Pages put businesses on the map and made them known to the world. Without it, a business was hidden and only visible to those who knew about it via invitation.”

IBM seeks to do the same for the blockchain world with Hacera and the Unbounded Registry.

Edited by Erik Linask



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