Microsoft just unveiled a new tool for simplifying blockchain app development. Called Azure Blockchain Workbench, the idea behind the offering is to reduce application development time from months to days. It automates infrastructure setup, allowing you to focus on the application logic and defining and validating use cases rather than spending all of your time on those other tedious processes. Here’s a bit more about the new tool and what it could mean for your organization.
How Azure Blockchain Workbench works
To take advantage of Azure Blockchain Workbench, you can provision the scaffolding for an end-to-end blockchain application with just a few quick clicks. Then it uses Azure Resource Manager templates to automate ledger deployment and network construction, as well as integrate the blockchain network with the Azure services you need to build your application.
With the tool, you can associate blockchain identities with federated identity systems through Azure AD, store secrets and keys securely using the Azure Key Vault, and manage events needed to trigger smart contracts with Service Bus and Event Grid. It also includes routing tools that allow you to transform messages, synchronizing features to help you generate business insights from ledger data, integrations with tools like Logic Apps that allow you to easily integrate blockchain workflows with existing systems, and access to a REST-based API for client development and a message-based API for system-to-system integrations.
Blockchain technology has been getting a lot of attention recently, and for good reason. So Microsoft is “laser focused” on making blockchain more accessible and user-friendly for enterprises. This includes providing strong documentation and samples for developers to help them get their projects up and running quickly.
So going forward, the company is working on addressing the design and integration challenges that go along with this type of tech. Azure Blockchain Workbench is an important step in this process. But the company continues to learn and evolve along with the technology, looking forward to open sourcing more code and partnering with organizations that can help expand its usefulness.
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