IBM Study: Blockchain to Recast the Future of Business

Blockchain technology will enable greater trust in business, creating an “all-in” economy fueled by unfettered, autonomous organizations

New Delhi, 28th June 2016: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today released a new study that describes how blockchain networks will vaporize current frictions in the economy that are inhibiting business growth, propelling the movement of capital and exchange of value to fundamentally change how markets function.

Today, a number of frictions — such as participants of a transaction not having access to the same information or the high price of intermediaries — add costs and complexity that drags on global business and trade. Blockchain technology — which creates a permanent and transparent record of transactions — will reduce or eliminate these frictions, recasting our institutions and economy in new form with far greater efficiency and far less risk, finds the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, “Fast forward: Rethinking Enterprises, Ecosystems and Economies with Blockchains.”

Distributed ledgers will become the foundation of a robust system of trust — a decentralized platform for massive collaboration. The study predicts that by using blockchain technology the enterprise can:
· Overcome complexity to scale freely.
Integrate vertically or laterally across a network or ecosystem, or both.
Be small and transact with super efficiency.
Be a coalition of individuals that come together briefly.
Operate autonomously and as part of a self-governing, cognitive network.

As a result, blockchains will enable profound economic progress enjoyed and driven by a greater number of individuals and organizations. New services delivered on blockchain networks will accelerate access and liberate those that were once locked out of efficient value creation to fully participate in an “all-in” economy.

The study contains the following guidance for businesses looking to get started utilizing blockchain:

1.Identify frictions that are holding back your enterprise and experiment in discrete areas where the attributes of blockchains drive rapid impact.
2. Explore the role of alliances in making blockchains scalable, open and interoperable.
3.  As business models are disrupted by blockchains, think through how you can make money in new ways.
4.  Understand how blockchains will extract further value from other technologies, such as big data analytics, the Internet of Things and cognitive computing.

IBM is actively working with hundreds of clients to understand what it takes to make blockchain ready for business. Through its open source contributions and resources for blockchain software developers, IBM is advancing the science of blockchain, helping to remove complexity, and making it more accessible and open. Financial services, supply chains, IoT, risk management, digital rights management and healthcare are some of the areas that are poised for dramatic change using blockchain networks.

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Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is the Founding Editor of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 28 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]

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