Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Blockchain Business, 2017

Published: 10 August 2017

ID: G00332628

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


Blockchain concepts are extremely hyped given their embryonic status, but ignorance is dangerous. Maturity will usher in dramatic and sudden changes, radically reshaping economic systems, institutions and societal models that have existed for hundreds of years. Scenario planning is essential.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Blockchain for Customer Service
    • Blockchain in Oil and Gas
    • Blockchain in Retail
    • Ricardian Contracts
    • Stable Cryptocurrency
    • Digital/Cryptocurrency Fiat
    • Smart Contracts
    • The Programmable Economy
    • Blockchain-Based ACH Payments
    • Smart Assets
    • Blockchain for CSPs
    • Blockchain in Manufacturing
    • Blockchain in Supply Chain
    • Blockchain in Healthcare
    • Blockchain in Utilities
    • Decentralized Autonomous Organization
    • Blockchain in Insurance
    • Blockchain in Life Science
    • Blockchain in Education
    • Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Regulation
  • At the Peak
    • Quantified Self
    • API Economy
    • Blockchain in Government
    • Blockchain (in China)
    • Initial Coin Offering
    • Distributed Ledgers
    • Blockchain in Banking and Investment Services
    • Internet of Things
    • Blockchain
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Cryptocurrencies
    • Digital Commodity Exchanges
    • Bitcoin
    • Green Money
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Complementary Currency
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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