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How blockchain is driving innovation in financial services

The past three years have seen an astonishing number of blockchain pilots introduced to explore the emerging technology’s potential impact in the banking industry. Of course, even during the most manic days of blockchain hype, it was always clear that only the most thoughtful projects would eventually make their way into production and demonstrate real […]

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Has blockchain tourism reached its next destination?

“I think much like the Internet was able to organize separate databases into an interlocking, networked marketplace, we see the potential to link separate blockchains together into a greater ecosystem that will lead to new business models,” said Marie Wieck, General Manager of Blockchain at IBM. “It will allow people that aren’t currently able to […]

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What we really mean when we talk about “real” blockchain

The advent of any new technology always sparks healthy and lively debate over fundamentals: standards, business models, best practices and the like. Blockchain is no exception. We’re seeing that kind of debate unfold today as the technology continues to evolve and gain traction. Some in the blockchain community are asking, “What constitutes real blockchain?” I’m […]

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Making blockchain technology real for business owners

There’s no shortage of internet videos featuring blockchain experts speaking on panels and in front of whiteboards. But what does blockchain actually look like when it comes to life in the real world? That’s what we set out to show in this new video about we.trade. It’s the trade finance network convened by IBM Blockchain […]

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A new and essential collaboration platform for blockchain

Since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, we at IBM have believed that collaboration is key to the successful nurturing and development of any new technology. Blockchain is no different. Not only do we need collaboration on developing blockchain technology like the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric, but we also need open, accessible collaboration on […]

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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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Global trade: The role of blockchain-enabled trade finance networks

We are in the fourth industrial revolution, according to the World Economic Forum, with the world’s economy changing shape rapidly since the internet came of age. From influencing consumer preference to meeting consumer demand in a timely manner — meaning, from notification of need to gratification of need — is now at the fore of […]

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Marketing blockchain: The human side of the story

There’s a quote on the wall just inside the door of the 6th floor offices where the IBM Blockchain marketing team for North America works here in New York: “Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block and try something […]

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Your unanswered questions on the ROI of blockchain

Over the last year, there has been an overwhelming amount of excitement around blockchain, but will the technology live up to the hype? From cryptocurrencies to supply chain platforms, the emerging technology that underpins these networks is a powerful tool that should be sensibly evaluated by business leaders to understand whether it is worth the investment. […]

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