India’s Yes Bank Enlists IBM to Help Build Blockchain Solutions

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India’s Yes Bank has enlisted the help of IBM for a Blockchain project that digitises vendor financing for client Bajaj Electricals.

The bank says that it has used IBM’s Hybrid Cloud technology to build a vendor financing system which allows consumer electrical equipment manufacturing company Bajaj Electricals to digitise the process for discounting and disbursal of funds to its vendors by integrating seamlessly with Yes’s systems.

The business logic and rules are captured in a Blockchain-based smart contract written by fintech startup Cateina Technologies.

Yes Bank says that this means that the entire process for bill discounting is cut from four days to almost real-time. In addition, the system ensures transparency for all parties through the shared public ledger, while the entire transaction history of a vendor is recorded and immutable.

Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO, Yes Bank, said:

“We are glad that Bajaj Electricals is undertaking this technological leap and working with us to solve the current challenges in Vendor Financing solutions by effectively utilising Blockchain capabilities.

“I strongly believe that we are only at the tip of the iceberg, and envision that Blockchain coupled with IBM’s Cognitive solution on Cloud platform will make a significant impact in the global Transaction Banking space by ensuring that the Financial Supply Chain is more robust, secure, seamlessly connected and provides a great customer experience.”

Meanwhile, the bank is also tapping IBM’s Watson Conversation service for an engagement programme for partners and external developers. The conversational agent service of IBM Bluemix cloud uses Watson APIs to create a natural language interaction for providing support on queries related to Yes Bank APIs.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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