The internet is an amazing thing. It’s all around us and all we need to access it is turn on our device. Our phones, laptops, tablets, even smart speakers are basically “plug n play”. However, as recently as twenty years ago, connecting to the World Wide Web required the right technology and, more importantly, the tech-savvy individual to walk us down the path. Fast forward a couple of decades and now the internet is just another basic facet of our everyday life.

Blockchain is currently viewed comparably to the way the internet was viewed during its infancy.  It is being hailed as a technological advancement not seen since the internet was brought to the public. Despite many consumers not having a full understanding of what blockchain is, they have heard that it will be immensely impactful on the world and they want in on it. But, much like the beginning of the internet, to get there, you will need the right technology and the tech-savvy individuals to make it happen.

The most basic definition of blockchain is that it is a secure, decentralized digital ledger. It requires multiple nodes across the network to all agree to any changes made to the ledger, thus allowing for much safer interactions. The chain of custody with digital assets is tracked and logged within the blockchain, which is why crypto-currencies have thrived on this platform.

Unfortunately, creating an enterprise blockchain environment is not as easy as connecting to the internet. Having the right technology is one thing, but finding the tech-savvy individual (or organization) can be difficult. Some companies have been evolving and are able to provide you with the knowledge, experience, and ability to create a strong enterprise blockchain environment. If you are a massive global organization such as Walmart or Maersk, a logical strategic partner would be IBM. IBM Blockchain, and their Hyperledger, is leading the way in establishing these platforms. They bring the knowledge, resources, and expertise that few companies in the world can compete with. IBM also owns the IBM Cloud where the blockchain environment will reside. The advantages for Fortune 100 and 500 companies to enlist IBM is obvious.

But what do you do if you don’t have the financial resources or immense requirements Walmart has? What do you if you’re not able to drop potentially millions of dollars on a shiny new enterprise blockchain environment? What do you do if you’re simply struggling to get on IBM’s map? Well…you seek out the services of a company that has partnered with IBM. This is where Chateaux comes into the mix. Forward thinking organizations who seek to develop their own blockchain environments, but on a smaller scale, still want the technical knowledge that IBM provides. Chateaux has teamed up with IBM to be that resource.

Enterprise blockchain builds are not a simple development. Enterprise architecture, UI/UX design and development, mobile capabilities, analytics, QA and testing, cloud expertise, security, and support all go in to the creation of a blockchain platform. An organization that can provide these skills might see a logical move to become a developer of blockchain. An IBM partnership that has includes extensive blockchain training has allowed Chateaux to evolve into that organization. Chateaux has long been a provider of enterprise web applications development and support, data management, and analytics. These existing skills has led to a smooth and natural transition to building enterprise blockchain environments. There are very few companies that can point to the acknowledgement of IBM as well as the real-world successes that Chateaux has enjoyed. The ability to discuss actual Proof-of-Concepts, Blockchain Workshops, strategy and implementation, and Blockchain as a Service is something that many companies would love to do…Chateaux is doing it!