Gartner Research

Guidance for Assessing Blockchain Platforms

Published: 27 March 2019

ID: G00361374

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


Blockchain platforms are maturing to enable decentralized architecture but vary in design depending on deployment environments, such as digital ecosystems or contained multiparty environments. Technical professionals should assess blockchain platforms considering these design differences.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • Decentralized Systems and Algorithmic Trust Controls
    • Decentralized Applications (Dapps)
  • Scope

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework — Blockchain Platforms Concept of Operations
    • Blockchain Platforms Overview
    • Blockchain Platforms Design Patterns
  • Blockchain Platform Functional Framework
    • Functional Definition and Key Questions
    • The Key Properties of a Blockchain-Complete Platform
  • Follow Up — Future Developments

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Cautions
  • Related Guidance

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