Finance

Making fungible tokens and NFTs safer to use for enterprises

Before cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology was unknown to most people. It was blockchain’s unique ability to manage the ownership of (virtual) currency in a decentralized and reduced-risk manner that made all the difference. The introduction of permissioned blockchains made the same functionality even more appealing to the enterprise world in the context of decentralized business asset […]

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Can the future of fintech really be found in blockchain-based smart contracts?

Blockchain is arguably the most significant innovation since the internet with individuals, companies and even governments embracing the technology. An appealing feature of blockchain technology is smart contracts. Smart contracts are gaining widespread use and ease of creation as global processes are becoming increasingly digitised. They serve as an alternative to traditional contracts which are […]

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3 key areas of enterprise blockchain adoption in 2021

Many businesses are seeing the COVID-19 pandemic as a watershed for technology and innovation investment. Technology budgets have been reprioritised with a laser focus on near-term return on investment as a necessity for most. At the same time remote working, lockdowns and supply chain challenges have accelerated digital transformations that otherwise might have taken a […]

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Blockchain Newsletter for November: The state of blockchain standards and policies

Expanding choice for clients on blockchain technology is the key takeaway from IBM’s recent announcement of a beta program to bring R3’s enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE mainframes both on premises and to IBM Cloud. In parallel, IBM Services will establish an R3 center of excellence leveraging IBM Blockchain Services design thinking […]

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Mythbusters for Business Partners: Blockchain facts or fiction

Let’s be honest with each other. How many of you still believe that blockchain technology is Bitcoin? Or that it’s only applicable for cryptocurrency? Well, blockchain has become so much more. The most popular misconception is that Bitcoin equals blockchain. When Bitcoin was the only blockchain, there wasn’t much distinction between the terms. As the […]

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Looking at how the next ten years of blockchain can change lives

In 1973, the U.S. Department of Defense sought a solution to locate its military units, operations, and targets anywhere on the planet. By the beginning of the 1980s, 24 satellites in orbit became what today we know as GPS. Today we use the Global Positioning System everywhere! Cars, phones and multiple devices use a solution […]

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Blockchain solutions make financial services fairer, faster

My company, Stronghold, is a financial services provider of native blockchain solutions. When my co-founder and I saw the rise of blockchain platforms, we felt that most were focused heavily on the technology and too far removed from real-world use cases. Bearing this in mind, we’ve applied blockchain technology to traditional fiat currencies. Instead of […]

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The people’s blockchain: Social factors influencing adoption

Every new product that enters a country is pushed and swayed in success levels by factors ranging from market need to purchasing power to social dynamics. The same is true for new technologies, like the internet. In the data visualization below, we see that countries with a high need — defined by the absence of […]

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Blockchain jobs at IBM, and how to get one

As a blockchain recruiting consultant at IBM, I’m often quizzed on the subject. What’s Blockchain? What is it good for? What is the potential of blockchain? These talks invariably lead to discussions around the demand, technology, skills, experience necessary, and ultimately, “how do I get a job in blockchain?” Let’s cover the first two questions […]

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