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chronicle网站首席执行官苏珊娜·萨默维尔:随着中间商签订生产交易和退款,我们将消除 ...

2020-12-28 17:26

 

这是来自chronicle网站首席执行官苏珊娜·萨默维尔的客座评论文章。


区块链在过去5年或更久的时间里一直被誉为革命性的技术,将改变企业经营方式的一切。在这段时间里,它在炒作周期中忽高忽低,到了2020年,我们发现,对于那些承诺很多却兑现很少的公司高管来说,一些吸引力已经下降。


但也有一些公司,如chronicles,已经悄悄地专注于与承诺的公司合作的真实用例,构建软件、集成,并使用解决方案来解决实际的业务问题。我的预测是,随着公司如何实现和获得商业价值的道路变得清晰起来,2021年基于区块链的解决方案(目前已投入生产)将最终开始兑现承诺,并开启新一轮令人兴奋的浪潮。


然而,哪些承诺会兑现呢?


编年史公司自2017年以来一直在为mediedger网络(一个获得许可的制药业网络)构建解决方案。我们花了很多时间与行业内的公司探讨如何设计技术来满足行业的需求:在保护隐私的同时解决以前无法解决的业务问题。随着今年我们的合同和退款解决方案的推出,我们发现了电子数据交换(EDI)消息传递在执行业务事务方面的不足之处,我们相信这将成为许多公司在2021年开始采用enterprise区块链的动力。


通过遵循各种行业标准,EDI允许任意数量的数据直接从一个公司的系统流向另一个公司。与以前的端到端通信选项相比,EDI在当时是一个巨大的改进。但是,如果贸易伙伴能够像公司内部集成系统那样集成系统会怎样呢?

内部集成edi

实时?是的没有

数据验证和规则实施?是的没有

多向吗?是的没有

对集成的两个系统的控制?是的没有


如果你没有真正的方法去执行它,甚至不知道你的贸易伙伴正在遵循它,那么EDI标准还有什么好处呢?如果我们能够对整个行业的执行情况进行认证,那么EDI标准对于交易和数据交换的用处会有多大呢?


这种情况没有发生的原因是:跨企业边界存在信任鸿沟。公司无法控制其贸易伙伴的IT系统,而且由于EDI可以传播错误(可能是有意的或意外的),因此信任缺口的双方都需要人员对每一批被处理的交易进行验证、验证、检查、协调和签字。这就导致了一个由中层人员组成的大型团队做很多低价值的活动。


这里存在着机会:通过利用区块链作为数据交换和交易正确性的中立执行者,我们可以转向一个没有错误的实时公司间交易协调模型,为相关各方带来巨大的效率。


从下个月开始,随着中间商签订生产交易和退款,我们将消除EDI消息,并演示基于区块链的业务规则实施和贸易伙伴之间的完美数据对齐。这将消除许多目前的错误,这将是我们的客户的巨大胜利。


我们预计EDI标准库将成为基于区块链的解决方案开发的一个路标。在开发每种EDI消息标准方面所做的努力和协作表明了在贸易伙伴之间创造效率的强烈愿望。这也表明,让中立的技术裁决每笔交易和数据交换,以保证准确性,防止错误发生,也能让行业受益。


2020年让我们都很惊讶,所以让我们看看2021年会发生什么吧。在过去的5年里,我们为企业解决区块链问题做了大量的工作,我认为明年将是实现价值的转折点,它将加速企业采用区块链的进程。

 

This is a guest opinion post from Susanne Somerville, CEO of Chronicled.

Blockchain has been heralded for the last five or more years as the transformative technology that will change everything in how companies do business. In that time, it went up and then down the hype cycle, and in 2020 we found some of the appeal had fallen off for corporate executives that had been promised a lot and delivered little.  

But there are companies, like Chronicled, that have been quietly focused on real use cases with committed companies, building the software, the integrations, and going live with solutions that fix real business problems. My prediction is 2021 blockchain based solutions, now in production, will finally start delivering on the promises and start a new wave of excitement as the path is clear on how companies can implement and gain business value.

However, which promises will be delivered?

Chronicled has been building solutions for the MediLedger Network, a permissioned network for the Pharmaceutical industry since 2017. We have spent a lot of time with companies in the industry figuring out how technology needs to be architected to suit the industry’s needs: preserving privacy while solving business problems that could not be solved before. With the roll-out of our Contract and Chargeback solution this year, we found the inadequacies of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messaging for executing business transactions, and believe this will be the traction many companies find in 2021 to start adoption of enterprise blockchain.

EDI enables any amount of data to flow directly from one company’s system to another by following various industry standards. Compared to previous E2E communication options, EDI was a huge improvement at the time. But what if trading partners could integrate systems the way companies integrate systems internally – directly with each other?

Internal IntegrationsEDI
Real-time?YesNo
Data validation and rule enforcement?YesNo
Multi-directional?YesNo
Control over both systems being integrated?YesNo

What good is an EDI standard if you have no real way to enforce it — or even know — that your trading partners are following it? And how much more useful would EDI standards for transactions and data exchanges be if we could certify enforcement across the entire industry?  

The reason that this doesn’t happen: there is a trust-gap across enterprise boundaries. A company cannot control its trading partners IT systems, and since EDI can propagate errors (which could be intentional or accidental), humans are needed on both sides of the trust gap to verify, validate, check, reconcile, and sign-off on every single batch of transactions that is processed. This leads to a good-sized team of middle-office personnel doing a lot of low-value activity.

Herein lies the opportunity: by harnessing blockchain as a neutral enforcer of correctness of data exchanges and transactions, we can move to a real-time model of inter-company trade reconciliation that is free of errors, bringing enormous efficiencies to all parties involved.

With the MediLedger Contracting and Chargeback production transactions starting next month, we will be eliminating EDI messages and demonstrating blockchain-based business rule enforcement and perfect data alignment between trade partners. This will eliminate many of the current errors, which will be a huge win for our customers. 

We foresee the EDI standards library becoming a bit of a roadmap for blockchain-based solutions development. The effort and collaboration that went into developing each EDI message standard demonstrates a strong desire to create efficiency between trading partners. And it’s a signal that an industry could also benefit from having neutral technology adjudicate every transaction and data exchange to guarantee accuracy and prevent errors from ever happening.  

2020 surprised all of us, so let’s see what 2021 holds. With all the great work on solving blockchain for enterprise in the last five years, I think next year will be the tipping point to delivering value that will accelerate adoption going forward.

 

原作者: Susanne Somerville 来自: Ledger Insights