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How to Assess a Blockchain Platform?

by Homan Farahmand  |  March 28, 2017  |  Submit a Comment

There are a growing number of blockchain platforms that are competing to prove their viability and establish their foothold in this rapidly evolving market. It’s no surprise that this pace of introduction of a new technology can cause some challenges for technical professionals to compare and contrast these¬†platforms. As a result, what constitutes a blockchain platform and its design goals have been a source of debate among many architects.

However, in the absence of a reference functional framework, it is hard to objectively assess a candidate blockchain platform. Technical professionals should, first, understand the primary design goals of a blockchain platform to appreciate underlying architecture. Second, they should use a normalized model for assessing and comparing blockchain platforms’ key functions and ability to address a set of requirements.

Our new report “A Technical Primer for Assessing a Blockchain Platform” initially familiarizes technical professionals with decentralization, trust controls and decentralized applications. Then it expands on the definition of blockchain platforms and their key functional components to assist with assessing a candidate blockchain platform. It finally summarizes key strengths and weaknesses of blockchain platforms and provides some recommendations on how to assess and select a blockchain platform architecture strategy.

All subscribers to Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) can access this report at:

A Technical Primer for Assessing a Blockchain Platform (21 March 2017 | ID: G00319869)

Your feedback as always is much appreciated.

Category: blockchain  evaluation  innovation  

Tags: architecture  assessment  blockchain  

Homan Farahmand
Research Director
6 years at Gartner
26 years IT Industry

Homan Farahmand is a Research Director covering digital identity and access management (IAM) within Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) across different identity domains. Read Full Bio




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