Microsoft and Salesforce join the Hyperledger blockchain project

An open-source blockchain venture run by the Linux Foundation has recruited eight new members, including Microsoft and Salesforce, in order to expand its reach in the tech and open source community.

Beyond welcoming its new members, the Hyperledger initiative will also open up a focus on interoperability, cross-project development and broad community involvement. This is in addition to kickstarting a mentorship scheme during summer this year.

The industry heavyweights will contribute to the ongoing blockchain research efforts, now numbering 13 projects, and use the Hyperledger blockchain to develop apps in the future.

“Our new members illustrate the breadth of organizations that see the value of contributing to the Hyperledger community,” said Hyperledger’s executive director Brian Behlendorf.

“The mix of blue chip technology companies, international organizations, logistics and manufacturing players and academia that have joined us from point around the world show the widespread interest and investment in open source enterprise blockchain technologies.

“This broad-based involvement is what drives our expanding portfolio of open source projects, which are fully conceived, developed and advanced by the ever-growing Hyperledger community.”

Of the eight new members, five are deemed large enterprises, and will, therefore, pay membership fees that contribute towards wider Hyperledger blockchain research. These recruits include Polish consultancy firm Gloscad, transportation company Milligan Partners, Russian mining firm Nornickel, as well as tech giants Microsoft and Salesforce.

The three remaining organisations will be deemed ‘associate members’ and are not required to pay fees due to their status as non-profits, open source projects or government-affiliated organisations. They include the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), the Ethereum Foundation and GS1 US.

“We are proud of our contributions to such a diverse blockchain ecosystem, from our Azure service offerings and developer toolkits to our leadership in driving open specifications,” said Microsoft’s principal architect of blockchain engineering Marley Gra.

“We look forward to contributing to the community’s projects as well as initiating new ones based on emerging standards.”

Salesforce’s senior vice president for emerging technology Adam Caplan, meanwhile, said blockchain is fast-becoming a foundational technology for organisations.

His cloud-powered company has recently announced it will be launching a low-code blockchain platform with its customer relationship management (CRM) suite, built on Hyperledger Sawtooth. The Salesforce Blockchain platform is only available to select partners ahead of its release in 2020.

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Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium Adds 8 Members, Including Microsoft And Salesforce

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Along with newly added international companies Norilsk Nickel and Gloscad, a group of new associate members also joined the Hyperledger blockchain consortium, including the Ethereum Foundation.

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Salesforce introduces blockchain platform based on Hyperledger

Salesforce, one of the world’s biggest providers of cloud solutions for businesses, launched its own blockchain platform. Announced during its fourth annual TrailheaDX developer conference, the company’s new low-code platform, called Salesforce Blockchain, will extend the power of client relations management.

US cloud giant unveils blockchain product aimed at businesses

One of the biggest cloud software companies in the world, San Francisco-based Salesforce, has launched its own blockchain channel. First announced on May 29 during the company’s fourth annual TrailheaDX developer conference, the Salesforce Blockchain has been in the works for more than a year.

During the live stream at the conference, Salesforce said that is was looking for ways to help their clients increase connectivity, which required harnessing and sharing large amounts of data without sacrificing trust. Blockchain was the perfect solution for that, as it enabled the company to saves, trace and authenticate data across every employee and partner in the network, Salesforce president and chief product officer Bret Taylor explained.

“We help companies build for the future by making breakthrough technology accessible and easy to use—today we are doing just that with Salesforce Blockchain,” Taylor told Venturebeat.

He went on to state:

“Now, companies will be able to create new ecosystems and achieve new levels of interconnectivity through trusted partner networks.”

Global rollout scheduled for 2020

Salesforce Blockchain will enable admins to build and maintain networks, app, and smart contracts, as well as layer blockchain data on top of existing data and services. The blockchain, which is built on Hyperledger Sawtooth, is currently available only to select partners but should see a global rollout sometime in 2020.

One of the first clients that have joined the Salesforce Blockchain was Arizona State University. According to Venturebeat, the university plans on using the blockchain to track academic records. Kent Hopkins, vice president of enrollment at Arizona State University, said that the network had the potential to be a game changer as it would make the process of exchanging academic records easier both for students and institutions.

S&P Global Ratings will be leveraging Salesforce Blockchain to improve and expedite the way they do KYC reviews, said Chris Heusler, the company’s global chief commercial officer. The company will be able to create a trusted network of reviewers that collate benchmarks, analytics, and data for global capital and commodity markets.

Research data company IQVIA is also among the selected few that are testing Salesforce’s newest product. The company will use Salesforce Blockchain to speed up the process of tracking and validating medical drug labels.

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Salesforce launches blockchain platform for CRM

Salesforce is connecting a low-code blockchain platform with its customer relationship management (CRM) suite to open up new services and operations for its customers.

The cloud-powered software developer has launched the platform to allow companies to create blockchain networks, workflows and apps, in a way that’s easier and faster than traditional methods.

The Salesforce Blockchain platform is a low-code system built on the open source technology developed by Hyperledger Sawtooth and is customised to fit with the company’s flagship Salesforce Lightning CRM product.

Beyond building networks, users can layer blockchain data above existing sales, service, or marketing workflows, and run artificial intelligence-powered algorithms to integrate this data into sales forecasts and other predictions.


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Salesforce says that blockchain’s distributed ledger technology can help with authenticating and sharing data across multiple third parties, where traditionally this process has been clunky and slow. Principally, the company says it streamlines how transactions and documents are created and exchanged.

“Blockchain allows us to upend antiquated processes like these and rebuild them entirely with customers at the centre,” said Salesforce’s senior vice president for emerging technologies Adam Caplan.

“Data can securely flow beyond an organization’s four walls and be extended to partners. Every party in the blockchain network can verify and see each transaction in an open, transparent way.

“The information is secure, trusted, and – if the need arises – can be audited.”

Organisations across several industries can use the technology for conventional business processes like asset tracking, credentialing, and authentication of goods. Salesforce says that combining CRM with blockchain data can see firms devise new business processes and models across sales, marketing, and services.

A real-life application of Salesforce’s blockchain platform involves Arizona State University, which is using the system to design and create an education network that allows universities to verify and share information securely.

S&P Global Ratings, meanwhile, is using the service to reduce the time it takes to review and approve new business bank accounts by bringing together multiple reviews for greater transparency in this process.

The main problem Salesforce is aiming to tackle involves a greater need for businesses to harness and share massive amounts of data with an ever-growing network of partners and third parties – and to do so securely.

The firm, therefore, sees blockchain’s distributed ledger as a means to plugging any ‘trust gap’ that arises if companies fail to manage to increased costs and inefficiencies that it said this process will introduce.


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Salesforce is just the latest company to introduce a blockchain service after its CEO Mark Benioff teased such a platform in April last year.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft have both released blockchain-powered services, with the former targeting the healthcare and finance sectors with its Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) templates released last year.

Salesforce Blockchain is currently available to select design partners ahead of its general release in 2020.

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Arizona State University tests Salesforce’s blockchain to track records

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Salesforce released its first blockchain solution May 29 that is built on the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform, according to CoinDesk.

The solution, known as Salesforce Blockchain, is designed to improve client relations management. Salesforce created the solution to allow users to build and maintain blockchain networks, applications and smart contracts.

Salesforce will use the blockchain tool for sales forecasts and other predictions, reports CoinDesk.

Tempe-based Arizona State University is one of three clients testing the blockchain. The university is currently using it to track academic records.

“This network has the potential to be a game changer for integrated, seamless learning — increasing transparency of student achievements and ultimately making the exchange process of academic records easier for both leaners and institutions,” said Kent Hopkins, vice president of enrollment at Arizona State University.

Salesforce anticipates the blockchain will be available in 2020.

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Salesforce Unveils New Hyperledger-Based Platform To Help Companies Explore Blockchain …

Salesforce, a U.S.-based cloud software company, has announced a new blockchain platform called Salesforce Blockchain.

According to a live stream announcement aired on Wednesday, May 29, the new platform provides the tools companies need to explore blockchain technology.

Salesforce Blockchain is built using the firm’s native application builder called Salesforce Lightning and is also based on Hyperledger’s open-source blockchain technology.

The low-code blockchain platform, as noted above, has been designed to give companies access to the tools they would need to create smart contracts, apps and other networks that help users to share verified data by leveraging distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Salesforce Blockchain also helps companies to automate various functionalities using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

The product is currently offered to selected partners, with a number of institutions in the United States said to have already implemented it.

Companies reported to be using the platform’s tools include intelligence firm S&P Global, advanced analytics provider IQVIA, and the Arizona State University.

Salesforce said that it expects its blockchain platform will be publicly available in 2020.

In November last year, Salesforce acquired a patent for a blockchain-based solution that would help customers detect whether an email is a spam or not.

Filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 4, the patented solution was also reported to identify whether a received email had been modified in the process of being sent.

The program was also said to improve current email filters that sometimes fail to differentiate regular emails from spam.

Hyperledger, on its part, recently announced it would be rolling out a set of blockchain tools designed to improve interoperability between blockchain platforms and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).

The “Hyperledger Aries” would analyze blockchain-based data to allow for efficient exchanges, including data and peer-to-peer messaging. This will be on top of facilitating interactions between various blockchains and other DLTs.


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What Salesforce Blockchain CRM Brings to the MarTech Landscape?

Salesforce plunged into the deep ocean of Blockchain technology for its Marketing Technology platform. The MarTech leader announced the launch of Salesforce Blockchain, extending the technology to its CRM solution. The company wants to break the traditional ceiling of CRM products by delivering a fast and seamless data-compliant Marketing Automation platform.

In their official press release, Salesforce announced Blockchain CRM that allows customers to deploy a complex network of Blockchain-powered CRM workflows, contacts, apps and commerce in a code-free environment. Salesforce Lightning powers the blockchain CRM. This new Marketing Technology is developed in partnership with the open source Blockchain technology provider, Hyperledger. The MarTech leader confirmed that Trailblazers from the Arizona State University, IQVIA, and S&P Global Ratings are already using the Salesforce Blockchain CRM platform.

Could Blockchain technology prevent a situation like what happened this month with Salesforce Pardot? We will find out in the coming weeks.

In the last few weeks, Salesforce may have understood the importance of having Open Sourced community and Blockchain/crypto models – especially after its Pardot Marketing Automation unit was routed and blacked out for few hours by the Company due to technical reasons.

What Salesforce Blockchain CRM Brings to the MarTech Landscape?

Salesforce Blockchain is laced with high-end code-free CRM features. It directly adds low-code blockchain apps to ensure higher data governance and transparency for smooth and seamless Marketing Automation. At the same time, Salesforce has also announced the availability of their Lightning Web Components. Salesforce LWC is the company’s JavaScript framework that makes it easy for millions of developers to build apps on the Lightning Platform. Now, Salesforce developers everywhere can build fast, secure and portable web components on the development stack of their choice.

How Salesforce Blockchain CRM Breaks the Traditional CRM Mold?

Salesforce Blockchain CRM will help customers to create trusted and verified Partner Networks. Built on the open source technology of Hyperledger Sawtooth and deeply customized for Salesforce Lightning, Salesforce Blockchain lowers the barrier for creating trusted partner networks. Salesforce Blockchain enables companies to easily bring together authenticated, distributed data and CRM processes.

With Salesforce Blockchain anyone can:

Build Networks with Clicks

Easily build and maintain blockchain networks, apps and smart contracts—unique to every business—using Salesforce’s powerful low-code capabilities. Customers can now create and share a blockchain object in the same process as any CRM data object—with clicks, not code.

Automate Data with Lightning Platform

Make blockchain data actionable through native integration with Salesforce. Layer complex blockchain data on top of existing sales, service or marketing workflows like search queries and process automation. Even more, companies can now run Salesforce Einstein-powered Artificial Intelligence algorithms that integrate blockchain data into sales forecasts, predictions and more.

Engage Partners Easily

Lower the barrier to entry for partners, distributors and intermediaries to leverage Salesforce Blockchain. Companies can now pull in APIs, pre-built apps and integrate any existing blockchains with Salesforce. With an intuitive engagement layer, companies can also easily interact with and add third parties to their blockchain with a few clicks and a simple authentication—creating trust networks.

The Role of Hyperledger in Salesforce Blockchain CRM

It would be unfair to leave out Hyperledger and their team in MarTech. Currently, Hyperledger already incubates and promotes a range of business blockchain technologies. These include:

  • Distributed ledger frameworks
  • Smart contract engines
  • Client libraries
  • Graphical interfaces, utility libraries and sample applications.

The Hyperledger greenhouse strategy encourages the re-use of common building blocks and enables rapid innovation of DLT components.

Some of the notable Hyperledger Blockchain Frameworks are Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Aries, Hyperledger Grid and Hyperledger Iroha. We have already revealed that Salesforce Blockchain is built on Hyperledger Sawtooth.

What is Hyperledger Sawtooth?

Hyperledger Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. This Blockchain framework includes a novel consensus algorithm, Proof of Elapsed Time (PoET), which targets largely distributed validator populations with minimal resource consumption.

Watch this video to learn more about Hyperledger Sawtooth

We would wait for Salesforce executives to comment on their product roadmap for Blockchain CRM. We expect the Salesforce CRM customers and Salesforce Developer community to embrace Blockchain and crypto techniques to further boost their business growth.

*This news was announced at Salesforce TrailheaDX, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference.

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Salesforce Breaks the MarTech Ceiling; Dashes Ahead with New Blockchain CRM

Salesforce plunged into the deep ocean of Blockchain technology for its Marketing Technology platform. The MarTech leader announced* the launch of Salesforce Blockchain, extending the technology to its CRM solution. The company wants to break the traditional ceiling of CRM products by delivering a fast and seamless data-compliant Marketing Automation platform.

In their official press release, Salesforce announced Blockchain CRM that allows customers to deploy a complex network of Blockchain-powered CRM workflows, contacts, apps and commerce in a code-free environment. Salesforce Lightning powers the blockchain CRM. This new Marketing Technology is developed in partnership with the open source Blockchain technology provider, Hyperledger. The MarTech leader confirmed that Trailblazers from the Arizona State University, IQVIA, and S&P Global Ratings are already using the Salesforce Blockchain CRM platform.

Could Blockchain technology prevent a situation like what happened this month with Salesforce Pardot? We will find out in the coming weeks.

In the last few weeks, Salesforce may have understood the importance of having Open Sourced community and Blockchain/crypto models – especially after its Pardot Marketing Automation unit was routed and blacked out for few hours by the Company due to technical reasons.

What Salesforce Blockchain CRM Brings to the MarTech Landscape?

Salesforce Blockchain is laced with high-end code-free CRM features. It directly adds low-code blockchain apps to ensure higher data governance and transparency for smooth and seamless Marketing Automation. At the same time, Salesforce has also announced the availability of their Lightning Web Components. Salesforce LWC is the company’s JavaScript framework that makes it easy for millions of developers to build apps on the Lightning Platform. Now, Salesforce developers everywhere can build fast, secure and portable web components on the development stack of their choice.

How Salesforce Blockchain CRM Breaks the Traditional CRM Mold?

Salesforce Blockchain CRM will help customers to create trusted and verified Partner Networks. Built on the open source technology of Hyperledger Sawtooth and deeply customized for Salesforce Lightning, Salesforce Blockchain lowers the barrier for creating trusted partner networks. Salesforce Blockchain enables companies to easily bring together authenticated, distributed data and CRM processes.

With Salesforce Blockchain anyone can:

Build Networks with Clicks

Easily build and maintain blockchain networks, apps and smart contracts—unique to every business—using Salesforce’s powerful low-code capabilities. Customers can now create and share a blockchain object in the same process as any CRM data object—with clicks, not code.

Automate Data with Lightning Platform

Make blockchain data actionable through native integration with Salesforce. Layer complex blockchain data on top of existing sales, service or marketing workflows like search queries and process automation. Even more, companies can now run Salesforce Einstein-powered Artificial Intelligence algorithms that integrate blockchain data into sales forecasts, predictions and more.

Engage Partners Easily

Lower the barrier to entry for partners, distributors and intermediaries to leverage Salesforce Blockchain. Companies can now pull in APIs, pre-built apps and integrate any existing blockchains with Salesforce. With an intuitive engagement layer, companies can also easily interact with and add third parties to their blockchain with a few clicks and a simple authentication—creating trust networks.

The Role of Hyperledger in Salesforce Blockchain CRM

It would be unfair to leave out Hyperledger and their team in MarTech. Currently, Hyperledger already incubates and promotes a range of business blockchain technologies. These include:

  • Distributed ledger frameworks
  • Smart contract engines
  • Client libraries
  • Graphical interfaces, utility libraries and sample applications.

The Hyperledger greenhouse strategy encourages the re-use of common building blocks and enables rapid innovation of DLT components.

Some of the notable Hyperledger Blockchain Frameworks are Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Aries, Hyperledger Grid and Hyperledger Iroha. We have already revealed that Salesforce Blockchain is built on Hyperledger Sawtooth.

What is Hyperledger Sawtooth?

Hyperledger Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. This Blockchain framework includes a novel consensus algorithm, Proof of Elapsed Time (PoET), which targets largely distributed validator populations with minimal resource consumption.

Watch this video to learn more about Hyperledger Sawtooth

We would wait for Salesforce executives to comment on their product roadmap for Blockchain CRM. We expect the Salesforce CRM customers and Salesforce Developer community to embrace Blockchain and crypto techniques to further boost their business growth.

*This news was announced at Salesforce TrailheaDX, Salesforce’s fourth annual developer conference.

To participate in our editorial sections, write to us at news(at)martechseries(dot)com.

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Salesforce Launches Its Very Own Hyperledger-Based Blockchain Platform

Salesforce, a major United States-based cloud software firm announces the launch of its own blockchain platform in a live stream Youtube session on May 29.

Dubbed as Salesforce Blockchain, it is the firm’s own application builder Salesforce Lightning and open source blockchain technology by Hyperledger.

Salesforce Blockchain could be called as a low-code blockchain platform that will provide tools that aid companies to share verified data using the distributed ledger technology (DLT), such as tools to build smart contracts, app, and networks. It will further allow the automation of a number of processes based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms

Salesforce Blockchain is only made available to selected partners initially, it will open to general public purportedly by 2020. As of now American institutions in the likes of market intelligence firm S&P Global, advanced analytics IQVIA, and Arizona State University have reportedly implemented the platform already.

The firm has had previously acquired a patent to detect spam emails using blockchain technology, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Hyperledger recently launched Hyperledger Aries, a set of tools designed to improve the interoperability of different types of blockchain-based data. These tools will purportedly allow efficient exchange of blockchain data and facilitate interactions between different blockchains, along with features such as peer-to-peer messaging.

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Salesforce announces Hyperledger Sawtooth-based blockchain platform

Cloud software giant Salesforce has announced its own blockchain platform built on the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform, the company announced at its tech conference TrailheaDX.

Powered by Salesforce Lightning, the new platform, called Salesforce Blockchain, will help extend the power of client relations management (CRM). The firm describes the platform as:

“A new, low-code blockchain platform connected to CRM so organizations can securely collaborate and share data across third parties.”

The “low-code” capability will enable users to build and maintain blockchain networks, apps and smart contracts and “create and share a blockchain object in the same process as any CRM data object—with clicks, not code.”

“We help companies build for the future by making breakthrough technology accessible and easy to use—today we are doing just that with Salesforce Blockchain,” said Bret Taylor, President and Chief Product Officer, Salesforce. “Now, companies will be able to create new ecosystems and achieve new levels of interconnectivity through trusted partner networks.”

In addition to allowing building networks with clicks, the platform will also help automate various processes through “artificial intelligence algorithms that integrate blockchain data into sales forecasts, predictions and more.”

In addition, Salesforce Blockchain will allow companies to pull in APIs, pre-built apps and integrate any existing blockchains with Salesforce. It would make it easy for companies to interact with and add third parties to their blockchain with a few clicks and a simple authentication.

According to the press release, a number of entities have started trialing the platform including Arizona State University, IQVIA, and S&P Global Ratings.

Salesforce said that it expects to publicly launch the platform in 2020.

Earlier this month, Hyperledger announced Aries – a shared infrastructure of tools that will enable the exchange of blockchain-based data, support peer-to-peer messaging, and facilitate interoperable interaction between different blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).

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