Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Blockchain Technologies, 2019

Published: 11 July 2019

ID: G00383155

Analyst(s): Avivah Litan, Adrian Leow


Blockchain technology is sliding into the Trough of Disillusionment in Gartner’s Hype Cycle. Despite this, CIOs must prepare for the “blockchain spring” that will emerge once the core-enabling technologies and use cases evolve and mature, resulting in significant benefits for the enterprise.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Blockchain Managed Services
    • Decentralized Web
    • Postquantum Blockchain
    • Smart Contract Oracle
    • Distributed Storage in Blockchain
    • Zero-Knowledge Proofs
    • Blockchain and IoT
    • Blockchain for Data Security
    • Ledger DBMS
    • Blockchain PaaS
    • Blockchain UX/UI Technologies
    • Decentralized Applications
    • Layer 2 Solutions (Sidechains, Channels)
    • Privacy-Enhanced Multiparty Computing
  • At the Peak
    • Blockchain Interoperability
    • Consensus Mechanisms
    • Decentralized Identity [was Blockchain for IAM]
    • Smart Contracts
    • Blockchain (Metacoin) Platforms
    • Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets
    • Cryptocurrency Software Wallets
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Blockchain
    • Distributed Ledgers
    • Cryptocurrency Mining
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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