Building and Deploying Blockchain Networks on the Salesforce Platform
Blockchain is a technology that enables creating secure and distributed networks of data and transactions among multiple parties. Blockchain networks can improve trust, transparency, efficiency, and collaboration in various business domains such as supply chain, healthcare, finance, education, and more.
However, building and deploying blockchain networks can be challenging for many organizations. It requires specialized skills, complex infrastructure, and high maintenance costs. Moreover, integrating blockchain data with existing business processes and systems can be difficult and time-consuming.
That’s why Salesforce introduced Salesforce Blockchain, a low-code platform that allows customers to easily create and manage blockchain networks, apps, and smart contracts using Salesforce’s powerful tools and capabilities. With Salesforce Blockchain, customers can leverage the benefits of blockchain technology without compromising on user experience, scalability, or security.
In this blog post, we will explore how to build and deploy blockchain networks on Salesforce Platform using three simple steps:
1. Define your blockchain network
2. Invite your network participants
3. Integrate your blockchain data with Salesforce
Define your blockchain network:
A blockchain network consists of a set of nodes that store and validate transactions using a consensus mechanism. Each node can belong to a different organization or entity that participates in the network.
To define your blockchain network on Salesforce Platform, you need to use the Blockchain Builder tool, which is available in Setup under Blockchain. The Blockchain Builder allows you to create a new network or join an existing one using clicks, not code.
Blockchain Builder is a software tool that allows individuals or businesses to create their own blockchain-based applications with ease, without requiring extensive knowledge of programming languages like Solidity. It offers pre-built templates for various use cases, such as supply chain management and digital identity, as well as the ability to customize and test the applications before deployment. It simplifies the development process and reduces the time and resources needed for blockchain application development.
Once you have defined your network parameters, you can deploy1 it to a sandbox or production environment with a single click.
Invite your network participants:
After you have deployed your network, you need to invite other parties to join it as participants. Participants can be internal users within your Salesforce org or external partners outside of it.
To invite participants to your network on Salesforce Platform, you need to use the Blockchain Connect tool, which is also available in Setup under Blockchain. The Blockchain Connect allows you to send invitations via email or URL to potential participants.
You can also assign different roles and permissions to each participant based on their level of involvement in the network. For example,
- A network admin can create new nodes,
- A node admin can manage their own node,
- A network member can view transactions,
- A smart contract developer can deploy smart contracts,
- A smart contract user can invoke smart contracts.
Once a participant accepts an invitation, they will be able to access their own node dashboard where they can view their transactions history, monitor their node performance,
and interact with smart contracts.
Integrate your blockchain Networks with Salesforce:
The last step is to integrate your blockchain data with your existing business processes and systems on Salesforce Platform. This way, you can make your blockchain data actionable, accessible ,and auditable for all stakeholders involved.
To integrate your blockchain data with Salesforce Platform, you need to use the Blockchain Data Manager tool, which is also available in Setup under Blockchain . The Blockchain Data Manager allows you to map your blockchain objects (such as accounts, assets, or events) to corresponding Salesforce objects (such as accounts, assets, or cases).
You can also define triggers that automatically update your Salesforce records when new transactions occur on the blockchain network. Once you have mapped your objects, you will be able to view, edit, and report on your blockchain data within Salesforce using standard tools such as Lightning App Builder, Lightning Flow Builder, and Einstein Analytics.
You will also be able to leverage native integrations with other Salesforce products such as Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, and Commerce Cloud to enhance customer experience, engagement, and loyalty across channels.
Salesforce Blockchain is a game-changer for customers who want to harness the power of blockchain technology without compromising on user experience, scalability, or security. With Salesforce Blockchain, customers can easily build and deploy trusted partner networks that improve trust, transparency.
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