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Blockchain from abstract to practical: Bringing it all together

In the last post, I covered abstract concepts, such as the value of data in relation to blockchain, and the necessity of strong networks. Now, I want to move from the abstract towards the concrete, and discuss how blockchain is maturing, what this means for our business networks, and the questions we must ask as […]

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New consortium collaborates to put jewelry on blockchain

You want to buy a beautiful necklace for that special someone, but how can you confirm it was mined and manufactured responsibly? Providing such information to consumers is not yet a common practice. Though diamonds in today’s jewelry market are much more likely to be conflict free thanks to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, it […]

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Three areas in the insurance industry to use blockchain

You buy insurance — auto, health, life — because you want to be sure you and your family will be OK if anything unexpected happens. But as time drags on while you wait for a claim to be processed, you start to wonder if the benefits are worth the hassle and higher premiums. These negative […]

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Leveraging blockchain from transactions to returns

The holiday season may feel ages ago, but retailers can’t let their guards down yet. From returns and exchanges, to everyday measures like ensuring the quality of the products they sell, competitive pricing and managing supply and demand, retailers are shining a spotlight this coming year on their supply chains. Retail stores know merchandise returns […]

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Blockchain for fraud prevention: Industry use cases

Fraud — and the lack of transparency that enables it — is a growing problem for businesses around the world. In a list published on Risk.net, fraud ranked as one of the top 10 operational risks of 2017. But a cutting-edge technology called blockchain could provide the fraud prevention capabilities these businesses are looking for. […]

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Thought leaders reimagine their industries at blockchain summit

What will happen when you bring together a bunch of early blockchain adopters, influencers and visionaries looking to disrupt their industries? A whole lot of innovation — at least that’s what I hope! Today, at the IBM Blockchain Summit in Atlanta, senior executives will be taking advantage of an exclusive opportunity to connect with blockchain […]

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Blockchain Technology Summit: Across the industries

This is the year of blockchain: the year that business networks based on blockchain are put into production around the world. Early adopters have been using this technology to reimagine their industries, developing new ways of interaction that reduce friction and foster innovation. I’m super excited for the IBM Blockchain Technology Summit in Atlanta on […]

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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 highlights and replays from IBM InterConnect

Last week, attendees at IBM InterConnect 2017 got to learn more about advances being made in security, cloud and mobile. Through use cases and demos, they saw how emerging technologies are being leveraged in various implementations. One of the hot topics this year was blockchain, the distributed ledger technology underlying Bitcoin that is now making […]

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