Many enterprise customers are experimenting with a new class of applications that insert transactions into a distributed ledger. As a result they are looking at different ledger implementations in the form of blockchains. However, the industry is struggling with the implementation of enterprise-class blockchain solutions. There are two primary challenges being tackled. The first issue is the selection of a blockchain, and the second issue is the integration of that blockchain into an existing IT architecture.
In this Knowledge Sharing article – awarded 1st Place in the 2018 Knowledge Sharing Competition – Steve Todd explores all the system issues that need to be considered when supporting new blockchain applications. Steve compares and contrasts leading blockchain implementations, guides us through a full spectrum of integration issues, and outlines best practices for tackling those issues.