IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 6
raits that help with my success as a writer and editor
include being organized and thorough, keeping an
accurate record of what sources say and story details.
With my attention to getting the facts correct, I'm creating
trust and accountability for what I write and edit. As a
communications professional, words are my most valuable asset.
Likewise, blockchain is built on accuracy and trust,
creating a shared, immutable ledger for recording all versions
of transactions. This is because two versions of the same
information exist. If one version is accessed or changed,
the activity is detected. By applying blockchain to various
traditional business processes, IBM clients are revamping
how they work. Industries from real estate to supply chain to
shipping can all benefit. Read about how different industries
are applying blockchain in the cover story on page 18.
An important feature of the technology is security. Protecting private distributed ledger technologies from abuse should
be a key concern for all blockchain providers. To address this,
IBM has designed its cloud offering around technology specifically architected to prevent unauthorized access. Read about
the security features in "Added Security" on page 26.
And in "Shared Information" on page 32, find out how
blockchain works with systems of record to integrate data
and share assets with that piece of information.
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Cyber attacks can come from anywhere at any time, and
preparation is critical. The Lab Services team for z Systems*
and LinuxONE* group of consultants have proven expertise
on the platforms to help clients design and deliver highly
available infrastructure solutions. Read about what services
they can provide in the Tech Showcase on page 37.
Also in R&D on page 14, find out how IBM researchers
use machine learning to make storage smarter.
I trust you will find this issue interesting, as blockchain
has the ability to impact us all, from keeping the food we eat
safe to maintaining the integrity of important documents
about us. And like blockchain, I promise to keep a thorough
account of events and interviews in my writing.
Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor
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