Blockchain Explained

The fundamentals of blockchain technology, including use cases that demonstrate how it works, where to use it and key considerations for production.

Using blockchain to disrupt trade promotions

I’ve been delving into blockchain’s capabilities for quite some time, and talking with clients across many industries. I wanted to share the knowledge I’ve acquired as well as how IBM is advancing blockchain technology to help clients digitally reinvent their back-office finance processes. The challenge lies in concisely expressing the intricacies of blockchain, but I’ll […]

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Five potential blockchain project pitfalls — and how to avoid them!

Companies around the world are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon. A recent survey of almost 3,000 global C-suite executives found that 33 percent of organizations, on average, across all industries and regions are already considering or actively engaged with blockchains. Over the past two years, I’ve worked on many blockchain projects where I’ve seen clients […]

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Three features of blockchain that help prevent fraud

The typical organization loses five percent of revenues to fraud each year, according to a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Unfortunately, fraud in a business can go undetected for a long time and is often hard to uncover. The following three features of blockchain can help make business networks less susceptible to […]

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I’ll only eat blockchain cereal with a food safety label on the box

With the recent announcement of blockchain being used to improve consumer confidence in food safety, you may see another label join the growing list on your favorite box of cereal or carton of ice cream. Organic, non-GMO, fair trade and more Have you noticed that more and more food products have “USDA organic” or “Non-GMO […]

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Your guide to the IBM Blockchain Platform announcement

It’s an exciting time to be working with blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that has progressed from concept to reality in a variety of industries. Over the past two years and from involvement in over 400 client engagements, IBM has learned what can help businesses looking to build a blockchain solution. Today, that work and […]

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Top three segments from Live! From Tomorrow “Blockchain for Business”

“I know the world is complicated, but the blockchain keeps us true.” This was sung (and I do mean “sung”) by Matthew Hooper in the July 27 episode of Live! From Tomorrow. The episode, which was developed with support from Mashable and IBM Blockchain, explored blockchain technology’s evolution from the realm of hobbyists to the […]

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The difference between public and private blockchain

There are a number of explanations on what blockchain is and what exactly is the difference between Bitcoin and blockchain, but another area where I get many questions, is the difference between public and private blockchain. The similarities of public and private blockchain Many flavors of blockchain have evolved over the years and the terminology […]

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The difference between Bitcoin and blockchain for business

Are Bitcoin and blockchain the same thing? No, they aren’t. However, they are closely related. When Bitcoin was released as open source code, blockchain was wrapped up together with it in the same solution. And since Bitcoin was the first application of blockchain, people often inadvertently used “Bitcoin” to mean blockchain. That’s how the misunderstanding started. […]

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Blockchain explained at SXSW

This year, one of the hottest topics as South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin was blockchain. Analysts and IT leaders named it one of the top disruptive technologies at SXSW. The event brought together a diverse group of attendees: a digital agency researcher, a retired math teacher, a retail technology expert, and the list goes on. I had the pleasure of meeting these tech enthusiasts when they dropped by the IBM Blockchain stand in the IBM is Making experience to learn more about the distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin.

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