Blockchain PoC and deployment made quick and easy
November 30, 2020

Blockchain PoC and deployment made quick and easy

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Blockchain Platform

We are a startup with a focus on developing next generation applications using enterprise blockchain. We use IBM Blockchain Platform for all blockchain-related development and offer solutions to our clients that are backed by IBP. We are addressing two business problems 1) we are simplifying how covid test results can be provided by the users/patient to the employers or business for easy and secure access and 2) we are working to improve traceability in the fashion & apparel supply chain.
  • IBM Blockchain Platform simplifies the whole process of deploying Hyperledger Fabric to business applications. Once you have understood the concepts of Hyperledger Fabric, IBM Blockchain Platform makes it straightforward in terms of deployment. The UIs are very intuitive and setting up the desired network is a matter of minutes.
  • Also, IBM Blockchain Platform maintains a very rich repository of documentation, which makes it easier for first-timers to get going. All of our developers were getting into blockchain for the first time, however, we found it very easy to follow the documentation to get started and then build our application taking cues from the documentation or the blogs.
  • IBM Blockchain Platform makes it easy to scale up the solution as network grows, a very important aspect to take the PoCs to production environment.
  • We did observe some idiosyncratic errors at times, those are difficult to reproduce. However, we have logged them as issues and have been resolved from IBM's side.
  • IBM Blockchain Platform Extension in VS Code provides very general error messages, which doesn't provide much insight. So, at times, it becomes difficult to identify the actual issue and resolve it.
  • Some of the the more nuanced but important topics such as Private Data Collection has fewer examples. We understand that most beginners may not be interested in them but when we take the solution to actual businesses, privacy concerns are paramount and these advances concepts come up in implementation.
  • We are still at early stages to really define the ROI for using IBM Blockchain Platform, but we will not shy off from saying that IBM Blockchain Platform has really simplified for us to adopt a new technology and explore applications around the same.
The IBM blockchain platform is very comprehensive for hyperledger fabric and we find it easy to ramp-up our development on the blockchain side.
For application service development, we moved to AWS Lambda for its established market position in the domain.

Briefly, we did look at Microsoft and Amazon's offerings in blockchain platforms, however, we felt that IBM has a much stronger ecosystem around Hyperledger Fabric and that was indeed helpful at different stages as we progressed on the development.
The team responds fast and solved most of the issues. We felt that IBM was very welcoming and even put some very senior resources to look into the issues and help us out. We are very thankful for that help.

However, as said earlier as well, at times, we thought that the issues were idiosyncratic in nature and hence the only approach was to just start afresh rather than trying to really find out the issue.

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IBM Blockchain Platform is very well suited for quick PoCs and deployment. We have used the platform for developing applications in two separate industries and things worked out well.

However, if you are working under a tight budget or the client is expecting a cost comparable to normal cloud platforms, then it may become hard to deliver that with IBM Blockchain Platform. It is a bit expensive for sure.