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A Technical Primer for Assessing a Blockchain Platform

Published: 21 March 2017

ID: G00319869

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


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


  • 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


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

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