More Commercial Blockchain Activities In 2019: Deloitte

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 16, 2018


While commercial use of blockchain may still be limited, global executives with knowledge and skills of the technology hold much more pragmatic views and look poised to make some major moves over the next year, according to a new Deloitte survey of more than 1,000 executives at major corporations across seven countries including India.

“We are at an inflection point — momentum is shifting from a focus on ‘blockchain tourism’ and exploring the technology’s potential to building practical business applications,” said Linda Pawczuk, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and the head of Deloitte’s U.S. financial services blockchain group.”I regard these blockchain-savvy executives’ views as a leading indicator. As more organizations put their resources behind this emerging technology, we expect blockchain to gain significant traction as its potential for greater efficiency, support for new business models and revenue sources, and enhanced security are demonstrated in real-world situations,” she added.

According to the those surveyed, 74 percent report that their organizations see a “compelling business case” for the use of blockchain; many of these companies are moving forward with the technology. About half of that number (34 percent) say their company already has some blockchain system in production, while another 41 percent of respondents say they expect their organizations to deploy a blockchain application within the next year.

In addition, nearly 40 percent of respondents reported that their organization will invest $5 million or more in blockchain technology in the coming year.This indicates that the coming year will be one of significant commercial blockchain activity, at least among those companies already active with the technology. Still, 22 percent of global respondents – and 30 percent of respondents – say they still lack a compelling application to justify its implementation.

The survey findings reveal other bullish indicators as well:Eighty-four percent of respondents agreed that blockchain is broadly scalable and will reach mainstream adoption. Fifty-nine percent believe in blockchain’s potential to disrupt and revolutionize their industries, and the overall economy. More than 2 in 5 (43 percent) of respondents identify blockchain as one of their “top five strategic priorities.” When asked which blockchain use cases they are working on, 53 percent of respondents identified supply chain-focused systems, 51 percent reported Internet of Things integration projects and over 40 percent highlighted efforts around digital records.

Among other mainline uses of the technology, 30 percent said they were creating payments applications and 40 percent identified digital currency projects as those they were invested in producing. Almost 30 percent of respondents have already joined an existing consortium, with 45 percent saying they are likely to join one within the next year. And more than 13 percent say they are interested in starting a consortium of their own.Survey respondents’ interest in blockchain’s capabilities, nearly 39 percent of the broad global sample said they believe blockchain is “overhyped.”

In the United States, meanwhile, this number is higher: 44 percent of respondents view blockchain as “overhyped,” up from 34 percent in a 2016 survey by Deloitte.

“While this may seem like blockchain is trending in the wrong direction, we believe this change in attitude is more reflective of the shift toward the pragmatists in the blockchain community,” said Pawczuk.”We’re still early in blockchain’s development, so fits and starts in its maturation are not surprising.” said Joe Guastella, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and global leader of Deloitte’s financial services consulting team. “In financial services, the technology has already inspired the industry to re-examine processes and functions that have been static for decades. We are broadly seeing applications in production – as well as developing them ourselves for clients – and we believe this momentum will continue.”