Meet the TSC: Baohua Yang, Oracle

By November 28, 2017Blog, Hyperledger Fabric

Back to our blog series that focuses on the motivations and backgrounds of the individuals that make up Hyperledger’s Technical Steering Committee (TSC). The TSC is a group of community-elected developers drawn from a pool of active participants and is a core element of Hyperledger’s Open Governance model. The TSC is responsible for all technical decisions – from which features to add, how to add them and when, among others.

Now let’s introduce the next Hyperledger TSC member, Baohua Yang from Oracle . Let’s see what he had to say about Hyperledger, his role in the TSC and the community!

How are you or your company currently using Hyperledger technologies or how do you plan to?

We are glad to join Hyperledger to help strengthen the underlying infrastructure for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, especially to enhance the fundamental elements in scalability, security and interoperability. We recently launched Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, our first blockchain as a platform service, which uses Hyperledger Fabric as its foundation. Leveraging Hyperledger’s technology with our own innovation, we are offering an enterprise-grade blockchain platform that is fully managed by Oracle and provides customers rapid provisioning and simplified operations with built-in monitoring, continuous backup, and point-in-time recovery.

What are the benefits of Hyperledger’s open governance model? 

The open governance model encourages collaboration among leaders and organizations in the industry, and academia to raise prevalent topics. It invites more voices to the community to share opinions, offer idea concepts, and engage to help ensure the proper design and implementation of distributed ledger technology components. Ultimately, this all helps create an active and healthy ecosystem. The more we can invite people into the discussions and development, the greater the chance for wider adoption of this exciting new technology.

What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain?

There are a number of fundamental techniques required for working in blockchain, including distributed system architecture, cryptography and control theory. For anyone interested in exploring a career in blockchain, these are key areas I would recommend you emphasize. But, that being said, it is just as important to keep an open mind, and make an effort to have conversations with others. The only way we get better is through experience, discussions and exploration, so don’t be shy to ask question and try new things. I’d encourage anyone exploring blockchain technology to clone the available code and see what happens!

What’s the biggest struggle or challenge you see Hyperledger having to overcome?

As a joint effort from a number of enterprises and community developers, Hyperledger has been widely adopted in various scenarios. It would be beneficial to the larger Hyperledger community if we were able to collect feedback from previous adoptions in a streamlined process. This would allow us to quickly evolve the technology to meet real-world requirements in finance, supply chain, healthcare, and many other industries. In addition, we would love to help individuals and organizations quickly get started with blockchain technology and Hyperledger through additional education activities such as seminars, training sessions, documentations and more. Blockchain is quickly becoming a critical technology for enterprises and the more we can help others embrace this technology, the stronger the network becomes.

What use cases are you most excited about with Hyperledger and/or blockchain?

We are very excited by the promise that Hyperledger and blockchain technologies, in general, can help improve transactions in many industries, including supply chain and the financial services industry. From improving the traceability food and parts in transport, to improving invoice factoring, blockchain can reduce the total cost of complicated process, and increase the transparency and agility with fewer resource. We are excited to help build this foundation, encourage its growth and help other industries realize the benefits of blockchain.