Blockchain for Trust-aware Business Processes

Deep Tech Competence Area

Department Focus

Blockchain, Business Process Management, Distributed Systems, Federations, Cross-organizational Business Processes

Department Head

Dr. Marcel Müller (contact)

Blockchain has found many use cases beyond finance in industries such as healthcare, legal services, and logistics. It can be used to enable secure sharing of data across multiple parties, an immutable ledger for tracking transactions, and a way to transfer value that does not require a third party. In healthcare, it can be used to ensure the integrity of medical records and increase transparency in drug supply chains. In legal services, it can help with document authentication and automated contract execution. And in logistics, blockchain-based smart contracts can facilitate freight forwarding while maintaining accurate records of goods shipped.

The conceptual basis for those applications is using blockchain to create trust-aware business processes. The use of blockchain technology to create secure, reliable, and transparent business operations. The goal is to ensure better data integrity by providing a trustworthy system without a single centralized party in control that can be used to store and protect valuable information.

Blockchain technology can help supply chain management by providing an immutable, highly secure, and distributed ledger for keeping track of goods. This means that all stakeholders in the supply chain have access to real-time data about the location and condition of goods in the supply chain. The blockchain’s decentralized structure is designed so that no single entity holds absolute power over data and recordkeeping. This allows businesses to have a single truth without relying on a single source, which increases transparency and trust between business partners who might otherwise be distrustful. Furthermore, transactions are securely logged onto the blockchain with digital signatures, which ensures that all parties involved in the transaction cannot tamper with its contents.

Blockchain technology can be used in many other industries beyond supply chain management to create secure and transparent business operations. It is especially beneficial for security-sensitive data, such as financial records or confidential information, since it ensures that the data cannot be tampered with by a single entity. Additionally, the decentralized structure of the blockchain allows for transactions to come from multiple sources, making it a reliable source for data integrity and trustworthiness across a variety of industries. Furthermore, as blockchain technology continues to evolve, businesses will be able to benefit from faster and more secure transactions.

In the blockchain competence center, our approach is process-driven: what does the process look like? Where are trust issues between the partners? How are they handled at the moment?

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