Microsoft Introduces Blockchain PoC Framework For Developers

Building blockchain proof of concepts can be a costly affair for developers. Microsoft has introduced a blockchain PoC framework for developers to accelerate the development, test, and adoption of the technology.

Microsoft is expected to demonstrate the framework capabilities next week at the Consensus Conference in New York.

From the announcement via a blog post,

“The framework provides code assets and ARM template driven deployment for all the scaffolding needed for blockchain PoCs, including the blockchain network, a gateway API, a responsive web application, Azure Active Directory integration, Azure Key Vault integration, SQL DB that is configured and collecting on-chain data, and a set of supporting code and services such as a Hashing Service and a Signing Service. The framework uses Azure’s Event Hubs at its core, which provides the ability to readily add new capabilities such as sending raw data to Azure Data Lake or providing transaction data to Azure Search.”

“The framework also makes it possible to create the web application without writing any code. It uses meta-data provided for smart contracts to dynamically deliver a contextual user experience for participants. Since the framework populates SQL DB as an off-chain store, it enables an organization to leverage existing skills and tools to light up additional capabilities such as APIs, reporting with PowerBI, chat bots, Azure Data Factory, R, and machine learning.”