A Technical Primer for Assessing a Blockchain Platform

Archived Published: 21 March 2017 ID: G00319869


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Blockchain platforms vary from enabling true decentralization of a business process to just implementing shared ledgers. Technical professionals must understand the value of blockchain platforms and how to assess them based on a normalized set of functional components.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Blockchain Platform Design Goal
      • Decentralization
      • Trust Controls
    • Blockchain Platform Concept of Operation
      • Blockchain Platform Nodes and Infrastructure
      • Dapps, Transactions and Blockchain
    • Blockchain Platform Flow of Operation
    • Blockchain Platform Assessment
    • Blockchain Platform Functional Framework
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
  • The Details
    • Example Functional Profiles of Blockchain Platforms
      • Ethereum Blockchain Platform
      • Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain Platform
      • Corda Distributed Ledger Platform
    • Blockchain Platform Functional Framework Definition
      • Decentralized Application Services
      • Node Services
      • Blockchain
      • Transactions
      • Infrastructure Services
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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