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Seven Things That Supply Chain Leaders Need to Know About Blockchain

Published: 24 February 2017

ID: G00325638

Analyst(s): Andrew Stevens , John Johnson , Noha Tohamy , C. Klappich


Blockchain has the potential to transform and disrupt supply chains by documenting, validating and securing each step of the chain with an unerasable history. This note provides supply chain leaders an overview of blockchain concepts and issues, including some early pilots.

Table Of Contents


  • Seven Facts That CSCOs Need to Know About Blockchain
    • Blockchain Has the Long-Term Potential to Be Transformative Across Many Industries, Including Supply Chain
    • Blockchain Faces Many Challenges, Including Scalability and Interoperability
    • Blockchain Is Not Merely a New Database Technology
    • There Are No Prepackaged Supply Chain Blockchain Solutions
    • New Supply Chain Use Cases Will Continue to Emerge
    • First-Generation Supply-Chain-Focused Blockchain Solutions Will Largely Be Proprietary
    • Some Potential Supply Chain Blockchain Use Cases Are Much More Complex Than Bitcoin-Like Blockchain Deployments

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