In essence a blockchain, the concept of the blockchain constitutes of few main dimensions, few main features, that all put together become a blockchain.
The first one is content addressability : meaning that you need a way to find any type of file without it having to have an address as defined by somebody else. That is achieved through the hashing functionality, where the hash, the generated hash of the life, of the data itself is the name of the file and therefore can be found anywhere.
The second dimension is the Merkle structure : meaning this very specific data structure where you, put together hashes of these files, in hierarchical manner, and that way you can prove both the order and existence of any particular file within the root-hash of that file.
The third dimension , which goes beyond data structure, and goes into networking, today is viewed as the consensus layer: meaning that some sort of logic can determine what the order of state transition is, the order of events, the order of changes to the database.
Consulting (How it’s done at Bitsapphire)
We tailor our consulting specific to each client and partner. We prefer long term partnerships, therefore every time we discuss potential consulting engagements with potential clients, we make sure to let them know about the benefits of having a long term relationship with Bitsapphire.
Generally speaking we divide our consulting in two specific target groups: startups and corporate clients.
Withstartups we only do partnerships (deep partnerships) and whatever up front work we do with them on a consulting basis, is more tailored towards testing the waters, seeing how well we work together, and creating some sort of working relationship.
While with corporate partners and established businesses we do more of a traditional consulting setup, but with the intention of a long term partnership. Normally the requirements and specifications of what needs to be done are the more or less upfront. We discuss this in one to three skype calls, or phone calls, and normally by that time both parties are on the same page about the work and the timeframe. We rarely do fixed price consulting, unless it’s just a test project and both parties know that it is a test project. Normally it’s time and cost basis consulting with corporate partners.
The best way businesses can work with us is to take the preliminary discussion very seriously and to ask us as many questions as possible and answer as many questions as possible. If there is some non-disclosure requirement, having the NDA’s ready to sign as soon as possible is best, because that way we can move forward quickly, as well as be very upfront about the intentions of the consulting engagement. If we feel like the partner isn’t fully trusting us or we see that something internally in the business isn’t going well we try to stay away from that (so be as upfront and honest about engagement as possible).
Industries blockchain is being applied on
Right now the biggest interest for blockchain integration and usage is in the financial industry, simply because how the Bitcoin started, in banking transactions, insurance and other similar fields. Most concentration currently is on so called shared ledger (all that said and based on my private given definition of the blockchain).
We have come to the conclusion in the past and two and half years that the shared ledger is actually only a very small field of interest, for a very specific industry, if compared to the applicability of the rest of the blockchain technology, which can apply to a lot more industries. So we believe that the data structure of the verifiability and the networking approach of blockchains is extremely suitable for anywhere where data needs to be in some formal fashion, verifiable. That could be anywhere from financial assets, to property management, to government and municipal backend and data management, to health care data management and verification, to educational certificate management or any type of certificate management, to music intellectual property, patents, trade mark etc. management. Everything where data needs to be verifiable, blockchain technology can be used and can be groundbreaking.
Our experience on blockchain consulting
This design is very specific to blockchains because in the vast majority of cases you’ll go with private-public key setup, which is very different from a traditional password setup, so it requires a lot of design considerations that can make-or-break a product and we believe that we’ve got a lot of strength there too.Also, we have some quite good patent and R&D writing experience with blockchain startups at this point.
Our technical expertise
We now have quite a lot of experience in banking, financial transactions in banking and the financial transactions industry, stock markets and other financial assets where active trading is needed in the fiduciary and broker space, in legal property contracts such as real estates space, and the music and intellectual property space , as well as the online payments and escrow space for freelancers.