Baseline Protocol Integrates Database Verification Function for Google Sheets, Microsoft 365
Baseline Protocol has rolled out the integration function for Microsoft 365 and Google Sheets. This will allow a private verification of shared records on different databases by multiple entities. Notably, Baseline was launched earlier this year following a collaboration in its development by ConsenSys, EY, and Microsoft.
The project has since advanced in its underlying infrastructure after publishing a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) on June 8.
Ideally, this milestone will facilitate the ‘baselining' of data on spreadsheets such that independent private databases can verify holding similar records. In doing so, records will be maintained and validated consistently with the assistance of enterprise resource planning solutions.
Ethereum's Mainnet for Baselining
Notably, this initiative was rolled out in collaboration with Provide and LimeChain. Both are blockchain-focused firms offering solutions in this niche and were looking to demonstrate that Baseline protocol is efficient for large and small organizations. It has since emerged that baselining can be executed with distributed ledgers for consistency and does not necessarily require storing data on blockchain.
To make the verification private, Baseline Protocol leveraged Ethereum's mainnet since sensitive information will not be displayed on the public chain. George Spasov, the co-founder of LimeChain, further detailed on the other features used to complete this ecosystem's functionality:
“Using this and the Google Sheets API, the team was able to connect the spreadsheet with any other ‘baselined' system and ensure consistency on a record-by-record, row-by-row basis.”
He went on to add that Provide assisted with the knowledge of baselining in complex systems like Microsoft Dynamic 365:
“With the help of Provide, we figured out how to baseline a row in a spreadsheet with a record in a much more sophisticated system like Microsoft's Dynamics 365,”
This milestone has been welcomed by John Wolpert, the co-founder of Baseline Protocol, who explained to Cointelegraph the difference between their approach and traditional record-keeping on blockchain,
“Instead of a single point of truth, being one big database full of everybody's information — which is a terrible idea. Certainly, for business […], it would be a good idea if we used [the blockchain's] abilities in data and business process execution and a state service to maintain consistency between databases.”