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Study: Nearly 6 in 10 large corporations considering blockchain deployment

Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) large corporations are either actively considering, or are in the process of deploying, blockchain technology, according to a new study by Juniper Research.

Almost 400 company founders, executives, managers and IT professionals responded to the Blockchain Enterprise Survey; among companies who have reached the proof of concept stage, two-thirds (66 percent) expected to integrate blockchain into their systems by the end of 2018.

The company's deep dive-strategy report identifies settlement, land registry and digital fiat currency as "best fit" opportunities for blockchain deployment, but cautions that each comes with significant barriers, according to a press release.

The research found that companies that would benefit most from blockchain implementation meet three criteria:

  • the need for transparency and clarity in transactions;
  • a current dependence on paper-based legacy storage systems; and
  • a high volume of transmitted information.

However, Juniper noted that while awareness of blockchain and its benefits has increased dramatically in the past 12 to 18 months, there is a danger that companies might seek to deploy blockchain without having first considered alternative options.

"In many cases, systemic change, rather than technological, might be a better and cheaper solution than blockchain, which could potentially cause significant internal and external disruption," Windsor Holden, the author of the report, said in the release.