BaaS offering includes an app store that features blockchain-based applications
and tools created by JD.com as well as solutions from independent developers,
according to the company.
“JD Blockchain Open Platform, a BaaS platform, houses an
application store that provides multiple blockchain bottom layers, tools and
software that are developed in-house and by Independent Software Vendors (ISV),”
per the announcement.
JD.com has been tight-lipped about exactly which tools and technologies power
its blockchain platform. The company has also not detailed what makes its BaaS
offering “open” (although the integration with third-party applications is
perhaps what it has in mind). It says only that the platform “is built on
multiple underlying technologies.”
however, have at least one major user for the platform. It said in announcing
the offering that China Pacific Insurance Company (CPIC), a major Chinese
insurance company, has deployed an invoice-tracking system using the BaaS
Blockchain Open Platform is the latest hosted platform that JD.com has
developed within what it calls its “Retail-as-a-Service” category of offerings,
which is designed to help external companies leverage services from JD.com. In
addition, the company has already been using a separate blockchain tracing
platform to allow customers to track the goods that they purchase.
Another Enterprise BaaS
2018, and offering BaaS platforms designed for enterprise use is no longer truly
novel. Solutions like IBM Blockchain, Azure Blockchain Workbench and AWS’
blockchain service, which all fall loosely into this category, have been
around for some time.
JD Open Blockchain Platform is notable for a few reasons:
- It is
being launched in China, where the highly regulated nature of blockchain
technology — not to mention the challenges faced by American tech
companies like IBM and Microsoft in the country — has made this type of
offering harder to envision.
designed for retailers (although it’s conceivable that other types of
companies could take advantage of the platform). That makes it different
from existing enterprise blockchain development platforms.
offered in the form of what JD.com is calling an “app store.” That
approach also makes it different from cloud-based enterprise blockchain
development platforms and places it within the emerging category of app
stores for tools that use a blockchain.
it’s unclear whether anyone besides CPIC is actually using JD Open Blockchain Platform.
But this is news worth following if you’re interested in blockchain technology
development in China, blockchain applications for retailers and/or the future
of a blockchain/app store concept.