ACMI designs, installs and implements the first IBM Blockchain "on premise" project in the World.
The blockchain has become one of the most important technologies to emerge in recent years. Many experts believe that this technology has the potential to change the world over the next two decades.
The applications of the blockchain seem close to infinity. If we immediately think about its financial applications, the blockchain can also solve problems and create new opportunities in the sectors of health, distribution, agri-food, luxury products and other industries.
IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE is a ready-to-use HyperLedger Blockchain solution, which allows you to implement a Blockchain solution very quickly and operate it in an industrial way.
Discover in video the exceptional testimony of SLIB, the first company in Europe to have implemented this solution to build the platform of exchanges and retention of unlisted securities for the financial center of Paris.
SLIB revitalizes the unlisted securities market with IBM Blockchain Platform running on IBM LinuxONE
– SLIB testimony –
Unlisted securities can offer investors better-quality stock at lower prices than their listed equivalents. Just think: get in early on a startup that disrupts the marketplace, and the payoff could be very profitable. Yet, traditionally, brokers can find it difficult to access this market.
At SLIB, we set out to help facilitate the trade of assets in the domain of unlisted securities that are seeking liquidity and that have low capital requirements. We were asked by a consortium of nine banks to transform this area through digitalization. With help from IBM LinuxONE Solution Provider ACMI, we’re succeeding in breathing new life into unlisted securities markets.
Understanding the challenge
Today, it can be difficult for buyers and sellers of unlisted securities to find each other. When they do connect, processes are opaque and time-consuming. For example, to swap intermediaries, you usually have to fill in a paper form, post it and wait for it be processed manually.
For SLIB, this represented an unmissable opportunity. We’re a leading securities service provider operating in France and beyond. Offering innovative solutions to the financial industry is our specialty.
The nine banks that commissioned this project are already responsible for 50 percent of the market for unlisted securities in France. They recognized that this was an area ripe for transformation through automation, and called on us to help make that change happen.
Refining the vision
When you think transparency and trust, you think Blockchain. On behalf of our banking clients, we set out to build RegistrAccess, a platform that uses Blockchain technology to digitize deeds of transfer and the book-keeping registers of unlisted securities holders.
We enlisted the support of our long-term partner ACMI to advise on the best solution for our requirements and budget. ACMI helped us find a reliable, industrialized platform for Blockchain: IBM LinuxONE technology.
IBM LinuxONE solutions deliver on multiple levels, including security, reliability and availability. IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE is a production-ready combination that’s tried and tested. IBM enterprise server technology is used throughout the banking sector, so we knew that the choice would put our clients’ minds at rest.
The embedded hardware security module (HSM) allows us to manage private keys at a level of security that is second to none. We chose Docker Enterprise Edition as our container platform and Kubernetes as our container-orchestrator system, making infrastructure management and scalability simple.
ACMI demonstrated agility throughout the project, helping us to adapt the architecture to meet the different requirements of each of our nine banking clients. The company is leading deployment and integration of the solution, and will manage it for us once it’s in production.
Working with IBM and ACMI, we developed RegistrAccess so that it’s compatible with multiple platforms. Customers will find it easy to integrate the solution with their own systems. If they want to keep things separate, we also offer basic services via an easy-to-use client interface.
RegistrAccess will streamline information exchange between issuers of securities not admitted to the operations of a central depository, their agents and account-keeping custodian banks. It will also digitize shareholders’ registers.
Issuers or their agents in charge of register book-keeping will have an easy and secure solution that will provide comprehensive, up-to-date visibility of their securities. With RegistrAccess, they will be able to confirm deeds of transfer while updating their register, regardless of the size of their organization. Custodian account-keepers will have a fully digital solution that automates the entire process.
Trading with confidence
RegistrAccess will bring revolutionary efficiency and transparency to the unlisted security market. Currently, our banking clients employ multiple people to manage transactions. With our solution, we will transform these staff members’ productivity, enabling them to react faster and more accurately.
Our solutions will give every stakeholder in a transaction comprehensive visibility. For the first time, investors will see where their funds are going in a way that was only possible for listed securities in the past.
Best of all, we will introduce new fluidity to the unlisted securities market, making it easier to buy and sell with confidence than ever before. This will benefit all of our clients – financial and non-financial – as well as the stakeholders on both sides of a transaction.
This is just the beginning. Once we launch our platform, we’ll be able to use it to help people trade anything of value. For example, we could link our tokenized marketplace platform to RegistrAcces in order to manage non-financial assets like works of art or even race horses, and we’ll be able to harness the power of IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE to connect investors with assets with unprecedented control and insight.
« As a long-standing partner of SLIB, we are very proud to have supported our client in the design and implementation of his Blockchain infrastructure.
The choice of both the IBM Blockchain Platform and the IBM LinuxONE servers was quickly established, thanks to the strong involvement of the IBM Blockchain and Systems teams at the highest level.
The success of such a project depends on the continuous engagement of IBM, SLIB and ACMI teams: this is a true team effort that continues. »
Christophe Gallet, General Secretary, ACMI