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(3.22.17) Forbes: SAP Ariba Will Use Blockchain to Track Shipments, Ensure Authenticity

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SAP Ariba, which connects 2.5 million buyers and sellers around the world through its network, today announced it will offer blockchain record-keeping across its cloud-based applications and business network.

Also today, its parent company, SAP announced that it has joined  Hyperledger, the blockchain development program from the Linux Foundation, as a premier member. It joins other industry leaders which are premier members  including Accenture, American Express, CME Group, Deutsche Borse, JPMorgan, IBM and Intel.

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Hyperledger Welcomes SAP as Premier Member

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Business software and cloud services giant invests in open blockchain project to advance enterprise-grade distributed ledger technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (March 22, 2017) – Hyperledger, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today that SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has joined as a Premier member. As part of SAP’s Premier membership, Dominik Heere, Vice President, Innovation Engineering, SAP Innovation Center Network, will represent the company on the Hyperledger Governing Board.

“Having support from an enterprise software and cloud leader like SAP is an important step in the right direction,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “The diversity of our members is a real strength, as we look to advance open blockchain technology POCs, pilots and production deployments across many industries this year. I couldn’t be happier to see the level of collaboration and progress that is happening among our community right now.”

SAP plans to utilize blockchain in existing and new business scenarios for enterprises. The company will implement blockchain across its portfolio including the SAP Ariba network to enable use cases like provenance scenarios, digital object representations or collaborative transaction execution.

“We believe blockchain is a transformative technology for enterprise businesses. We are committed to advancing its adoption via the creation of new standards, use cases, platforms and open applications,” said Juergen Mueller, Chief Innovation Officer, SAP. “In joining Hyperledger, we plan to share our expertise and knowledge to help bring open distributed ledger technology to all businesses.”

Hyperledger aims to create common distributed ledger technology that enables organizations to build and run robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions. The project has grown to more than 122 members since its inception, spanning various industries including finance, healthcare, the Internet of Things, credit card services and aeronautics, among several others.

To see a full list of member companies, visit: If you’re interested in joining Hyperledger as a member company, please visit:

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

About Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger as a Collaborative Project under the foundation. To learn more, visit:

(3.21.17) HealthcareDIVE: IBM launches cloud-based blockchain service for Linux Hyperledger Fabric

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  • On Monday, IBM launched what it is billing as the “first enterprise-ready” blockchain service.
  • The new tool, based on the Linux Foundation’s open-source Hyperledger Fabric, allows developers to build and host secure blockchain networks on the company’s Cloud.
  • The new blockchain offering is designed to scale up quickly as new network members join, according to IBM.

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(3.21.17) Banking Technology: IBM unveils blockchain-based digital identity network

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IBM and SecureKey Technologies are working together to enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network based on IBM Blockchain.

When launched later this year, consumers can use the network to verify their identity for services such as new bank accounts, driver’s licences or utilities. IBM’s Blockchain service is built on top of the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Fabric v1.0.

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(3.21.17) BetaNews: IBM announces Hyperledger Fabric-based Blockchain-as-a-service

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It was a big day for IBM today, as it unveiled its first Blockchain-as-a-service. Unveiled at the Interconnect conference, this commercial blockchain service is based on the open-source Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, built by The Linux Foundation.

In a nutshell, IBM Blockchain allows customers to build their own secure blockchain networks. It took the company a year to bring it from the initial announcement to a finished product.

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(3.20.17) Ars Technica: IBM announces enterprise-ready blockchain services that go beyond currency

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On Monday, IBM announced a new version of its enterprise-grade deployment of IBM Blockchain (Blockchain offers companies the ability to create, run, and monitor distributed ledgers on IBM’s cloud). The company also announced several commercial applications of IBM Blockchain that are either already in existence or will soon be deployed by a wide range of companies, including authentication provider SecureKey, financial-services company Northern Trust, and a Chinese carbon-allowance trading company.

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(3.20.17) LinuxInsider: IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

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IBM on Monday unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0.

IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said.

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