Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Blockchain Technologies, 2017

Published: 31 July 2017

ID: G00332627

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


Blockchain technologies are extremely hyped, evolving at different trajectories, but should not be ignored. They offer the potential for substantial change in technology development and delivery as well as in how the economy, business and society operates.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Blockchain Wallet Platform
    • Smart Contract Oracle
    • Postquantum Blockchain
    • Smart Contracts
    • Distributed Storage in Blockchain
    • Zero Knowledge Proofs
    • Blockchain PaaS
    • Things as Customers
    • Blockchain for IAM
    • Decentralized Applications (Dapps)
    • Blockchain for Data Security
    • Metacoin Platforms
    • Quantum Computing
    • Consensus Mechanisms
    • Sidechains/Channels
  • At the Peak
    • Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets
    • Cryptocurrency Software Wallets
    • Distributed Ledgers
    • Blockchain
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Bitcoin
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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