How Blockchain Illuminates a More Trusted, Frictionless Future for Payments

Systems powered by blockchain technology are no longer seen as shiny solutions looking for a problem. Their potential is recognized more widely as the next step in answering today’s demand for instant gratification while not compromising on security. In the banking & financial services industry, blockchain technology is becoming increasingly relevant in the payments space, […]

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Blockchain Goes Mobile

The automotive industry is undergoing radical change as vehicle connectivity, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and ridesharing remake the transportation landscape. Automakers are racing to innovate and define market leadership with designs driven by purpose, while transforming from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to original service providers (OSPs). As the car transitions into a “computer on wheels” […]

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How Open Banking & Blockchain Unlock New Opportunities in Trade Finance & Working Capital

Blockchain was the talk of Sibos 2014 in Boston, and the movement toward distributed ledger technology (DLT) was off and running. As Sibos 2018 opens in Sydney, application programming interfaces (API) and open banking will be high on the agenda alongside blockchain, showing once again that the technology continues to gather momentum. Over the last […]

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Breaking through the Privacy Illusion with Blockchain

“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” – Stephen Hawking, in an interview with USA Today. – What is modern-day privacy? With the extent of information sharing and connectivity prevalent today, the definition of what needs to be protected, at what level and from whom, seems elusive. For […]

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Distributed Manufacturing: Next in Line for Blockchain Innovation

Blockchain has already disrupted business processes in the financial sector, and is poised to impact companies across industries. Because the technology can provide an immutable digital record of contractual interactions and transactions across an ecosystem, we believe that manufacturing is likely next in line.  Blockchain is a mutually shared ledger of all transactions in a […]

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Blockchain as a Design Thinking 2.0 Tool

I recently participated in an IDG-sponsored roundtable discussion on blockchain with representatives from the technology, consulting and academic worlds. All panelists agreed that we will see widespread adoption of blockchain technologies in business and beyond – but likely in ways we haven’t yet thought about. One common observation was that the business relevance of blockchain […]

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Blockchain Beyond Banking: The Sky’s the Limit

As blockchain revolutionizes traditional financial services, distributed ledger technology is creating new opportunities in other arenas as well. Today, just about everyone knows about Uber, and many people use it. Now comes Abra, billing itself as the Uber of digital cash. Abra is a blockchain-based digital wallet that enables people to store digital cash on their […]

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Will Blockchain Reset the Table for Banking?

I met recently with the chief operating officer at a major bank, who offered a lighthearted yet insightful observation on the buzz around blockchain: he said the hype around the technology is so intense that if you walk into any venture capital firm and can spell blockchain, it’s possible you’ll get startup funding. Of course, just about […]

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Blockchain: Get Ready, Get Started

Bitcoin, Peercoin, Ripple, Dash. These and other names suggest a certain whimsy among the hundreds of companies in the cryptocurrency marketplace. But there’s nothing lighthearted about the growing competitive challenge these companies pose to the financial services industry. Underpinning all these upstarts is blockchain, the digital ledger technology that continues to build momentum through the […]

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