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Fueling the financial industry with open source cross-border payments

Financial services, payments, streamlining inefficient processes is in our blood. So, it’s no surprise my colleague and contributor to this article, Nitin Gaur and his team, tackled the unthinkable four years ago by building a global payment network addressing remittance and interbank payments. As if that wasn’t challenge enough, the team also designed it for […]

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Blockchain newsletter for June: Empower a resilient, sustainable future for your business

Sustainability is a critical issue for board directors and CEOs feeling the pressure to improve environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Research from the IBM Institute of Business Value finds that 84% of global consumers say sustainability is important when it comes to choosing a brand, while 90% of investors globally are developing specific ESG […]

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A groundbreaking vaccine will need a groundbreaking supply chain

News of the first successfully completed vaccine trial has the potential to bring relief to billions of people around the world. But as encouraging as trials may be, it is extremely important to note that a vaccine cannot be as effective if it is not effectively distributed and trusted by the public. To their credit, […]

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The case for governance in founder-led blockchain networks

The hardest part of building blockchain networks is not configuring the technology; it is designing the rules of the road for how ecosystem partners will work together to achieve their goals. In one word, the hardest part is network governance. Governance design is the design of strategic and operational models aligned to member benefits that […]

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HR recruiters are putting blockchain to work

Japan’s human resources (HR) industry is undergoing a transformation. Lifetime employment is no longer guaranteed. Promotion by seniority has started to collapse. And the job market is becoming ever more borderless. That’s why Japanese firms are exploring new work styles closer to global ones. In particular, many employers now allow employees to work side jobs, […]

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Blockchain and EDI: Do they complement or compete with each other?

Today’s multiplex supply chains need to be more transparent and efficient. End-to-end visibility with a single version of the truth in a supply chain is a nirvana which every business would like to achieve. With the evolution of electronic data interchange (EDI), companies went from everything manual to paperless transactions. EDI is the foundation of digital transformation […]

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Five trends to shape blockchain in 2020

The year 2019 was pivotal for enterprise blockchain. The technology expanded beyond adoption by innovators and first movers to include a growing number of organizations working together to rapidly turn blockchain’s promised value into tangible business results. As active blockchain networks bring real transformative change to a number of industries, the IBM Blockchain team conducted […]

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14 banks using we.trade for global trade finance, breaking down trade barriers for business

A shipment of 12 bottles of rare wine moves by truck from a small winery in France to a buyer in Spain. Twenty pieces of office furniture from the U.K. are sold to a German retailer and arrive two weeks later. Transactions like this happen daily, but for many small and medium businesses, the financing […]

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Privacy in blockchain collaboration with zero knowledge proofs

Consider a new applicant for a credit card who needs to convince the credit company that they have maintained sufficient average balance in their bank account over the last three months. The traditional way of doing this is for the applicant to share the bank statements over that period. But, this reveals much more personal […]

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