Developer blockchain tools are on-chain & off-chain

Document exchange and transaction management company Amalto has come forward with early adopter options for its Platform 6 enterprise application framework.

This developer toolset is designed to allow programmers to create blockchain-based transactional applications.

It is blockchain-agnostic — arguably a good thing just now given that the future of blockchain is many specifically tasked vertical blockchains (and indeed private ones) rather than one central monolith.

On-chain, off chain

Some developer blockchain functions will be on-chain blockchain (such as those relating to decentralised read-write of data) and some developer blockchain functions will be off-chain blockchain such as features and services required to develop, package and run enterprise-class decentralised applications.

According to Gartner’s report, Predicts 2018: Top Predictions in Blockchain Business, “Projects by enterprises that apply peer-to-peer decentralised models without a middleman are rare.”

The reason such implementations are still rare is because building and running blockchain-based decentralised business applications is not an easy task.

Amalto says that ‘the blockchain part’ represents only a ‘small portion’ of the effort.

According to Emmanuel Thiriez, co-founder of Amalto and Platform 6, Platform 6 includes: all features and services required to build enterprise-class applications – users & permissions, organisational structure, workflows, data transformation, system integration, User Interface and APIs.

This technology also includes native integration with major blockchain frameworks including Ethereum, Hyperledger, Fabric Quorum, Qtum Neo, R3 Corda.

Image: Amalto

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