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The Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology

Published: 25 May 2017

ID: G00327607

Analyst(s): Ray Valdes, David Furlonger , Rajesh Kandaswamy , David Smith


CIOs view blockchain as having great disruptive potential. However, most enterprises' blockchain projects, as conceived, are neither disruptive, nor do they need blockchain in the first place. Real innovation will occur outside conventional enterprises — including nondisruptive transformation.

Table Of Contents


  • A Trusted Record in an Untrusted Environment
  • Similarities With the Web and the Internet
  • Intentionally Designed to Disrupt
  • Long-Term Vision of Disruption
  • Major Blockchain Initiatives in Banking Will Fail to Disrupt
  • Genuine Disruption at the Edges
  • Different Sectors, Similar Pattern
  • Disrupting the Disruptors
  • Massive Real-World Problems in Global Supply Chains
  • The Solution Is Nondisruptive Transformation
  • Conclusion: Three Kinds of Change

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