60 pc Businesses Mull Blockchain Deployment: Study

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 02, 2017

Blockchain

Though relatively nascent in India, the country is set to embrace the Block Chain technology because of increased cyber crime in financial institutions. Also, large corporates leverage blockchain technology applications for customers across market verticals.

A new study from Juniper Research has found that nearly 6 in 10 (57%) large corporationsare either actively considering, or are in the process of, deploying blockchain technology.

Almost 400 company founders, executives, managers and IT responded to the Blockchain Enterprise Survey; amongst companies who have reached the PoC (Proof of Concept) stage, two-thirds (66%) expected blockchain to be integrated into their systems by the end of 2018.

‘Best Fit’ for Blockchain 

The study identified settlement, land registry and digital fiat currency as ‘best fit’ opportunities for blockchain deployment, but cautioned that for each of these opportunities the scale and variety of barriers were significant.

The research claimed that those companies which would benefit most from blockchain include those with:

• A need for transparency and clarity in (trans)actions;

• A current dependence on paper-based legacy storage systems;

• A high volume of transmitted information.

Internal Disruption and Interoperability Key Concerns 

The study noted that while awareness of blockchain and its benefits had increased dramatically in the past 12-18 months, there was the danger that companies might seek to deploy blockchain without having first considered alternative options. According to research author Windsor Holden, “In many cases, systemic change, rather than technological, might be a better and cheaper solution than blockchain, which could potentially cause significant internal and external disruption.”

Indeed, the research found that companies may have underestimated the scale of the blockchain challenge. For issues such as interoperability, the proportion of survey respondents expressing concerns progressively increased as companies proceed towards full deployment, while concerns also rose sharply regarding client refusal to embrace blockchain.