C-suite and VPs
with revenue $1 billion+
Bitcoin was released in 2009 as a digital currency system via a simple posting to a niche mailing list. Over time, interest has grown not only in the digital currency, but also in the underlying blockchain and distributed ledger technology. This interest has morphed into a global movement that, according to the World Economic Forum, will become the ‘beating heart of finance’ within five years. The underlying technology has the potential to transform not only each industry that it touches, but also the internet itself by bringing in a level of security that is clearly needed. So, what does this technology mean to us in industry and specifically here within the Channel Islands?
84% of respondents say their organisations have some involvement with blockchain technology
The representation of real or virtual assets on a blockchain is spreading to raw materials, finished goods, membership rights, and more. These digital tokens will transform company processes and usher in new business models.
Initial coin offerings, in which a company sells a predefined number of digital tokens to the public, are a growing alternative to classic debt/capital funding. They’re raising billions of dollars for the development of blockchain technology platforms.
Enterprise software platforms that are the engine for company operations like finance are beginning to integrate blockchain. Using blockchain with their ERP systems, companies can streamline processes, facilitate data sharing, and improve data integrity.
Our survey respondents still perceive financial services to be the current and near-term future leader of blockchain, but other industries are on the rise (see left).
Which industries are seen as leaders in blockchain
Which territories are seen as blockchain leaders — today and tomorrow
By design, blockchain can foster trust. But in reality, companies confront trust issues at nearly every turn. 45% believe lack of trust among users will be a top barrier.
Blockchain’s trust paradox is a significant, but not insurmountable, challenge. Here are four strategies for navigating this new world.
Make the business case
Strategic clarity will ensure your blockchain initiative has a business purpose around which participants can align.
Build an industry ecosystem
Blockchain may call for competitors to collaborate in a new way, as they come together to solve industry problems.
Design deliberately: determine rules of engagement
Every blockchain will require rules and standards, particularly around how participants will access and engage.
Navigate regulatory uncertainty
You’ll need to stay agile to meet regulatory requirements as they evolve in the years to come.
Partner, Innovation & Technology, PwC Channel Islands
Tel: +44 7781 111526
Global Blockchain Leader, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 131 260 4129