Microsoft Announces Proprietary Azure Blockchain Development Kit

Azure Gets Some Shine

After years of development, Microsoft has unveiled its Azure Blockchain Development Kit. With the much hyped Kit, developers can reportedly build enterprise-grade Blockchain systems with ease. According to a post on the company’s blog, Microsoft’s signature server-less technology underpins the newly developed kit. Developers can integrate the kit with Microsoft’s Software-as-a-service (SaaS) as well as those of third parties.

Microsoft has been enthusiastic about Blockchain technology over the years. Accordingly, the tech giant has been conducting research on multiple applications of Blockchain solutions in different sectors. Through its involvement in the Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) space, the company has managed to build a couple of products for “identity management, authentication and provenance, enterprise blockchains, the financial market, and even mass communication.”

Previous Challenges

First of all, before developing the Azure Blockchain development kit, the company conducted a study. The study was designed to uncover challenges developers face in building a blockchain network. The results were used as a guideline for Microsoft’s developers. The findings pointed out problems in “connecting interfaces, integrating data and systems, and deploying smart contracts and blockchain networks.”

Azure’s development team managed to address the challenges. An efficient Blockchain network should allow for players within the network to interact with data and reports anywhere, anytime. To ensure this capability, the team built features like the SMS and Voice Interfaces. These tools allow users to track products within a typical supply chain.

Further, the new kit also comes with the Internet of Things (IoT) feature for tracking the state of goods that require specialized handling conditions, like temperature-sensitive goods. Other features that enable efficient connectivity include; Mobile clients, backend systems, Bots, assistants and web clients. Finally, the kit also addresses prior challenges in integrating data to the Blockchain network and building smart contracts. The blog post clearly details the tools used in achieving these critical functions.

“Mobile clients enable logistics providers to accept and transfer responsibility for products on their journey from manufacturer to retail using the compute power that already exists in the pockets of its employees. Mobile devices also have sensors such as GPS and cameras that can add complementary data that can help attest to the what, where, and when of deliveries.”

Not Alone

Microsoft is not the only corporation looking building blockchain-based products. Oracle recently unveiled Blockchain-based products that leverages on the Internet of Things (IoT), the company’s existing clouds infrastructure and other technologies for the supply chain sector. The Blockchain-based products include an application for digitally tracing products through the supply chain, an anti-counterfeiting app, a product similar to Microsoft’s that tracks conditions of temperature-controlled goods and a warranty and usage tracking application.

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