Microsoft’s principal architect, Marley Gray, and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s former executive director, Ron Resnick, on June 2nd announced the launch of the InterWork Alliance (IWA). The InterWork Alliance is a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing global standards to the token-based ecosystem.
IWA indicates that startups presently working on tokenized ecosystems are mostly focusing on their individual solutions and marketing their platforms to other businesses.
Today, we have formally launched operations as a platform-neutral, non-profit organization dedicated to creating the standards frameworks needed to increase innovation across token-enabled ecosystems. Learn more about the #IWA and join us! https://t.co/heAeWr6qNU pic.twitter.com/wUbAeoFi6K — InterWork Alliance (IWA) (@IntWorkAll) June 2, 2020
Setting global standards will help focus this wide-scale innovation to make a collective impact on businesses.
Resnick, IWA’s president, stated:
“For this approach to work, standards are urgently needed around defining what a token is and how its contractual behaviors will work.”
InterWork Alliance plans to work on three different frameworks of global standards for tokenized ecosystems:
First, the Token Taxonomy Framework will provide a common language and toolset so that multiple parties can agree on the same terms that define a token and its use.
Second, The InterWork Framework will help businesses compose multiparty contracts from standard, globally recognized clauses set by the IWA.
Thirdly, the Analytics Framework will help businesses analyze multiparty contracts and utilize artificial intelligence services and market-driven data reporting.
The IWA will eventually work on interoperability between decentralized applications from different blockchain networks.
Gray notes that providing industry participants with token standards for a variety of distributed technology use cases can help foster interoperability and drive widespread adoption.
Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of Hyperledger, an IWA member said:
“Standards play a critical role in the evolution and adoption of any emerging technology. Distributed applications and token-based services will require established frameworks that assure solutions interwork on the business level, regardless of underlying technology platforms.”
Nitin Gaur, the director of IBM WW Digital Asset Labs added:
“The Alliance will help establish a foundation not only for technology and business but for the changing tokenization landscape as well. A platform-neutral alliance is critical for the entire industry,”
At its launch, IWA included more than 28 blockchain, technology, and financial organizations including Microsoft, Chainlink, Hyperledger, IBM, Nasdaq, Accenture and others.