Developing a Blockchain Business Network with Hyperledger Composer using the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 11 May 2018, updated 30 May 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456853
ISBN-13: 9780738456850
IBM Form #: REDP-5492-00
(62 pages)

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Authors: Vance Morris, Rohit Adivi, Ratnakar Asara, Matthew Cousens, Nick Gupta, Nicholas Lincoln, Barry Mosakowski, Hong Wei Sun


Blockchain has emerged as a disruptive technology in the areas of trading assets and sharing information. It has the capability to transform many industries, professions, and aspects of life. The focus of this IBM® Redbooks® publication is to help developers build blockchain solutions and use IBM Blockchain Platform to start, test, and move applications into production.

This publication covers some blockchain for business use cases. It also describes how to get started in defining, developing, and deploying a Hyperledger Composer business network to Hyperledger Fabric, both locally on a workstation and remotely on the IBM Blockchain Starter Plan.A fund clearing business network is used as an example scenario for blockchain and this source code is available for download, testing, and use. The Redpaper contains detailed information on how we put it together and more, so grab a copy of it via the download link on this page as well.

This paper is part one of a series of papers and educational materials. Later materials will describe how to use IBM Blockchain Platform to test and scale your business network, to integrate more completely with a COBOL business application running in IBM CICS®, and to manage changes to your business network in a production environment.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. Use case development process
Chapter 3. Basic flow using IBM Composer Playground
Chapter 4. Migrating to a Starter Plan network
Chapter 5. Moving to production

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