Azure Blockchain Workbench Launched By Microsoft

Announcements, Blockchain | May 8, 2018 By:

Microsoft has announced a new blockchain tool for developers that can reduce application development time from months to days.

Called Azure Blockchain Workbench, the new tool gets customers started quickly by automating infrastructure setup, so developers can focus on application logic, and business owners can focus on defining and validating their use cases.

“Workbench dramatically reduces development costs and accelerates time to value for developers, independent software vendors and integration partners alike,” said Azure general manager Matthew Kerner. “Workbench’s dynamically generated UI automatically adjusts to changes in workflow definitions, and Workbench includes sample workflows and an admin experience for workflow and user provisioning. These features mean that users can rapidly create and iterate on multiparty workflows with minimal coding.”

The new tool allows developers to associate blockchain identities with Azure Active Directory (AAD), store encrypted keys with Azure Key Vault, and sync on-chain data with off-chain storage and databases. Developers can also easily integrate blockchain workflows with existing systems and applications using tools like Logic Apps.

Since last year, Microsoft has been testing Workbench in preview with more than 100 customers, including Israel’s Bank Hapoalim, food distributor Nestle and “quote-to-cash” software producer Apttus. Companies like Quisitive, Macaw and Cegeka have also built blockchain centers of excellence using Workbench to help customers ideate on blockchain applications in their business.

“With the release of Azure Blockchain Workbench, we take another step towards making this technology more developer friendly,” Kerner said. “As we continue to learn with customers and partners, we look forward to extending its capabilities, open-sourcing more of its code and partnering with organizations to expand its usefulness.”

Microsoft also announced that it also looking to bring the power of Azure DevOps services to Github customers. This builds on the company’s commitment to developers and open source.

“Today, we released the integration of Visual Studio App Center and GitHub, which provides GitHub developers building mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices to seamlessly automate DevOps processes right from within the GitHub experience,” the company said.