Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are creating transformations in many different industries and sectors – far beyond the cryptocurrencies blockchain is usually associated with.
The technology can be of use when multiple parties need to exchange information in a way which is both permanent (immutable) and secure. Blockchain technology achieves this by storing the records on a distributed network without a central entity or servers and using encryption to ensure that unauthorized changes do not go unnoticed. Use cases for enterprise blockchain involve parties from multiple organizations who wish to exchange and share information securely. This could be anything including education, energy, insurance, logistics, real estate, retail and more.
Increasing the talent pool
With this technology being so new and changing so rapidly, there is a shortage of individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement it. This is why The Linux Foundation, the home of the Hyperledger project, has released a series of training courses designed to increase the talent pool.
Hyperledger Fabric is an open source framework that was built through the collaboration of several organizations, vendors and developers to allow business users and organizations to use distributed ledger technology across this broad set of use cases. In addition to the ability to distribute shared data, Hyperledger Fabric provides the components and layers that guarantee that data are verified and consented upon and that the agreed upon information will not be tampered with, either in transit or at a later point in time. And by using an open source development model, this and related blockchain technologies are able to advance and innovate more quickly and efficiently.
The free Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications (LFS170) and Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies (LFS171) courses are a great starting point, curated for both nontechnical and technical audiences. LFS170 covers the main concepts of what blockchain is at a beginner level. LFS171 then examines blockchains for the enterprise and a number of pertinent use cases from Hyperledger, a global cross-industry community of communities hosted by The Linux Foundation and advancing business blockchain technologies.
The all new Hyperledger Fabric Fundamentals (LFD271) course is an intermediate step that covers the core architecture and components that make up typical decentralized Hyperledger Fabric applications. This course includes a set of hands-on lab exercises that guide students towards setting up a Hyperledger Fabric business network and walk them through the various stages in the lifecycle of a decentralized Hyperledger Fabric-based application.
In addition to having ways to gain the knowledge necessary to success in a blockchain career, it is important that professionals be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and employers have a means of verifying that. This is why The Linux Foundation also offers a Blockchain for Business professional certificate program in conjunction with edX, which requires completion of LFS170 and LFS171.
For those looking to demonstrate more advanced skills, later this year we will begin offering a Certified Hyperledger Fabric Administrator Exam, which requires professionals to demonstrate the ability to install, configure, operate, manage, and troubleshoot the nodes on the Hyperledger Fabric network. A similar exam will also be offered for the Hyperledger Sawtooth project, which is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers.
As enterprises continue to increase blockchain and distributed ledger adoption, it is essential that we ensure there is a qualified workforce in place to implement and administer these technologies. These training courses and certifications are only the beginning, and continued involvement from the broader open source and business communities will be necessary to ensure enterprises are equipped for the continued changes ahead.
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