In the traditional marketplace, we have contracts as a binding agreement of pricing, service terms, and conditions for our transactions. Our legal and business relationships encourage that we have proof of agreements and notaries to legitimize them.
But this leaves both individuals and businesses dependent on intermediaries to ensure the legitimacy of the other party. Just because your contract is signed, doesn’t mean it’s legit and doesn’t mean that you’ll get the payment you’re entitled to.
That’s where enterprise blockchain and Ethereum smart contracts, powered by BlockApps STRATO can help.
What is a Smart Contract?
A smart contract is a piece of code that stores rules of a transaction and automatically verifies the fulfillment of those rules on a network of computers which execute the contract logic. Blockchain technology enables businesses to build self-executing agreements, allowing you to electronically program a contract to only execute a transaction or payment when the conditions of your business’s contract have been met.
Smart contracts are written in several high-level programming languages, including Solidity, and are most often used to implement a contract between two parties where the execution is guaranteed by each node on the network.
This allows enterprises to transact directly with each other on private blockchains, using select terms and agreements, without having to utilize a third party—giving you more data storage potential.
Smart Contacts Can:
- Store information about an application, like consortium member records or DNS registration
- Manage agreements between users
- Require multiple parties on a network to vote on a decision
Why use Smart Contracts?
Once a smart contract is uploaded to the network, that logic is run on all the nodes on that blockchain network and the distributed ledger is updated with the new state of the contract.
Smart contracts are:
- Immutable: Thanks to the blockchain, smart contracts can never be changed unless agreed upon by the proper parties. Plus the contracts and are visible to your whole network. No one can break or change the contract without permission. This builds more trust and reduces fraud.
- Automated: By eliminating the intermediates to validate a contract, businesses running private enterprise blockchains can process and settle more transactions than traditional exchanges.
- Distributed: In order for the contract to be valid, every member of the network has to be agree. This means that funds are always released when the terms of a contract are met.
Smart Contracts on BlockApps STRATO:
On our the BlockApps STRATO blockchain network, we use smart contracts based in Solidity to create or manage many aspects of each private enterprise blockchain including:
- Operations and calculations
- Information access and control
- Governance rules and vote counting
Ethereum enterprise blockchain smart contracts have the opportunity to revolutionize the way businesses handle and record digital transactions. By utilizing the immutable and decentralized properties of a blockchain, businesses can transact trustlessly and securely.
Interested in seeing how the Fortune 500 are using smart contracts to modernize their business? Visit the BlockApps Enterprise page to see how blockchain-as-a-service is transforming a variety of business sectors.
BlockApps was the first company incubated out of Consensys in 2015 and has created several industry innovations including the launch the best, easy-to-use, most powerful Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform on the market called STRATO.
Since launching STRATO on Microsoft Azure in 2015, BlockApps has become first blockchain company to partner with all major cloud platforms (Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform) and is a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (the world’s largest open standard blockchain organization).