This post describes Transmute’s approach to interoperable software and includes video and technical results from a recent interoperability demonstration with US DHS SVIP cohort companies.

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The future of software is all about choice.

Customers want to chose technology that best solves their business problems, knowing that they will not be locked in with a vendor if that solution is no longer the best fit.

Businesses are also demanding choice about when and how they consume important data — a reaction to the data silos and expensive systems integrations of the past.

Interoperability moves from theory to reality when companies have…


Transmute’s evolving criteria for matching DID methods to business requirements.

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Transmute builds solutions that solve real business problems. For this reason, we support a number of different decentralized identifier (DID) methods. While we are committed to providing optionality to our customers, it’s equally important to communicate the selection criteria behind these options so that customers can consider the tradeoffs of underlying DID-methods alongside the problem set they’re solving for. Essentially, we help them pick the right tool for the job.

In the spirit of sharing and improving as an industry, here are the work-in-progress criteria we use to help customers assess what DID method is best for their use case:

Interoperability

This DID method meets the interoperability requirements of my business, for example:

  • Other parties can verify my DID method.
  • I can switch out this DID method in the future if…

Recap of Conexus Indiana & Transmute Emergent Technology Showcase

On May 14th, 2020 Conexus Indiana and Transmute hosted an interactive webinar titled “Blockchain-secured Documents for Global Trade” as part of the Emerging Technology Showcase series. The full recording is available above, or can be viewed on Youtube.

Presenters

(By order of appearance)


Contextualizing ethical considerations of COVID credentials within human experiences.

Full paper can be accessed here.

Yesterday the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics out of Harvard published the pictured white paper, written by Dakota Gruener (Executive Director, ID-2020).

While technical descriptions of verifiable credentials and decentralized models are certainly well stated, the most timely section in my opinion is Ch. 4: “Implementing for Equity and the Protection of Civil Liberties.”

As decentralized technology builders we talk a lot about the application of verifiable credentials to meet the privacy and security needs of prospective COVID immunity certificates. …


Transmute’s products bridge the gap between established identity providers (IDPs) and decentralized identity technology. In this second in a series of posts we share more details about how we work with Okta to support and share verifiable credentials.

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Okta provides a mechanism for adding custom claims to id_tokens and access_tokens: Hooks and Custom Authorization Servers. These components can enable automated integrations with emergent technology including decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials.

In this post we’ll take a quick look at how you can leverage these features with Transmute to automate Enterprise Agent activities. …


Transmute’s products bridge the gap between established identity providers (IDPs) and decentralized identity technology. In this first of a series of posts we share details of how we work with IDPs like Okta.

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The Okta Identity Cloud provides secure identity management with Single Sign-On, Multi-factor Authentication, Lifecycle Management (Provisioning), and more. Transmute provides a configurable Enterprise Agent enabling Decentralized Identity and Verifiable Credential capabilities for OAuth / OIDC users. Read on to learn about some of the ways Transmute and Okta enable enterprises to rapidly unlock the security benefits of decentralized identities.

Configuring SSO

You can read more about the basics of…


Designing a successful path to production

Transmute’s team conducting a systems mapping exercise.

Here at Transmute, we’re committed to building products that genuinely meet the needs of our customers. Our team works closely with companies through a phased approach to configure workflows and software implementations.

This strategy ensures we build real business value today, while also refining that value into turnkey software products that solve a shared problem. Additionally, this prevents us from making the common mistake of developing a solution in search of a problem.

Over the past few years our team has developed a flexible toolkit for collaboratively designing and testing ideas prior to shipping…


The Blockchain Research Institute released an April 2020 report titled “Blockchain Solutions in Pandemics: A Call for Innovation and Transformation in Public Health.” The report is co-authored by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. It can be accessed here: https://www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org/blockchain-and-pandemics/

In addition to describing identity applications of emergent blockchain solutions, the report also discusses supply chain applications:

“Supply chains are critical infrastructure for our globally connected economy, and COVID-19 has put them under tremendous strain, exposing potential weaknesses in their design. We must build supply chains that are transparent, where information can be accessed quickly, and where participants can trust that information about goods are accurate.”

Transmute’s products bring together blockchain-based identity infrastructure with just-in-time supply chain applications to meet these demands. You can read more about our global trade solutions here: https://www.transmute.industries/global-trade-solutions


Product Reflections from the Fall 2019 Internet Identity Workshop

The Royal Gorge Bridge near Cañon City, Colorado (photo source)

The Fall 2019 Internet Identity Workshop brought together technical and business people from around the world to talk about trends and challenges in emerging identity technology. Decentralized identities (DID) and verifiable credentials (VC) were popular topics due to the number of attendees building in the space. While the technical standards of DIDs and VCs are still being formalized, the business value proposition is notably earlier still in its development.

Recognizing this issue, a group of thirty or so product managers, designers, and business strategists gathered on the last day of IIW…


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“Companies in fragmented supply chains make it harder to see end-to-end traceability,” said Deborah Barta, senior vice president, Innovation and Startup Engagement, at Mastercard. “We thought, what if we brought blockchain in to track from the origin of goods to consumer’s hands and give the ability to see ethical sourcing, compliance and enable consumers to discover the journey of the products they’re buying.”

Margo Johnson

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