It’s been a big year for blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that’s disrupting industries by enabling new ways to transact. It’s no wonder Blockchain Unleashed has seen such enormous growth in content and audience. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re just getting into blockchain and want to learn more about the technology or you want to explore industry use cases for insights into implementation. As the year ends, let’s see what you and your fellow readers found to be the most interesting blockchain topics in 2017.
These first posts provide an introduction into blockchain technology.
If you’re someone who’s always equated blockchain with Bitcoin, reading this post will help expand your horizons and clear up some of the confusion. Though blockchain got its start as the underlying technology that facilitates direct trade of Bitcoin cryptocurrency, it has become so much more than that. The blockchain technology used by Bitcoin actually differs in some key ways from the types of blockchain networks that businesses are implementing.
Just like there is public and private cloud, there is also public and private blockchain. Discover all the characteristics of these types of blockchain networks so you can choose the one that will provide the capabilities your business is looking for. Hint: You’re probably going to want a private blockchain that’s designed for business.
Blockchain has been gaining recognition in academic circle as well as business ones. Recognizing the importance of quality materials for developing market-ready skills, IBM is providing blockchain training through the Academic Initiative. This overview of the resources that are available is a great place to start if you’re looking for in-depth instruction.
Blockchain in specific industries
The rest of the top posts discuss blockchain in the context of various industries.
Impressive strides have been made in Dubai toward implementing blockchain technologies for government services in a city-wide project. Just imagine, a whole city run on blockchain! What sorts of opportunities would it enable and how would it change the way people interact? You can read up on the journey and progress in this blog post.
Fraud is a problem that costs businesses and consumers billions each year. The first post in this two-part series explores ways blockchain is being used to combat fraud in three key industries: finance, identity and supply chain. The second post takes a deep dive into the technology itself to explain how the distributed, immutable and permissioned features of blockchain make it a great fraud fighter.
Blockchain has the potential to transform preventative care and community-based healthcare models. Better data sharing between healthcare providers can mean a higher probability of accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments and the overall increased ability of healthcare organizations to deliver cost-effective care.
Verifying, managing and protecting the identities of the individuals in your business networks is a risky, time-consuming and costly undertaking. If you’re interested developing a blockchain for digital identity management, check out this post that defines three guidelines to get started:
Blockchain makes it possible to view the entire history of an asset because the ecosystem shares a single, tamper-resistant ledger of transaction records. When you apply the concepts of traceability and provenance to the supply chain for food products, issues in food quality can be found and resolved quickly.
You can see that food safety had a lot of interest this year because two posts made it into the ranking. Read this one to see how blockchain could change the way consumers shop for their foods based on product labels.
It makes sense that a technology that first came into play with cryptocurrencies would have applicability in different banking sectors. In this post, learn how blockchain can be used to improve financial services around identity, payments and trade finance. Maybe your traditional brick-and-mortar bank is already working to implement blockchain and you’ll see the results soon.
See you next year!
I hope you’ve found these posts to be as helpful and interesting as I have. I’m certainly looking forward to what Blockchain Unleashed has in store for us next year as more blockchain networks move into production. Let me know what you think on Twitter, and be sure to join the rest of the IBM Blockchain community so you don’t miss any updates:
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