The essence

One-third of organizations are considering or actively engaged with blockchains. What can you learn from Explorers — those already using blockchain — who are the most distinct group of organizations in our 15 years of C-suite research?

This report, part of the 19th edition of our ongoing Global C-suite Study series, draws on input from 2,965 conversations with C-suite executives from January through March 2017. Here, we focus on their perspectives about blockchain as a technology enabler for Digital Reinvention™.

What’s inside

  • Blockchain’s early adopters — the Explorers — are turning the uncertainty that comes with digital disruption into their unique advantage.
  • Blockchains create excellent platforms for new ways of working. Explorers already have their eyes on what that could mean.
  • On platform-based business models, strength begets strength. Organizations may shift their mindset from locking out competitors to shoring them up.

Blockchain could be the ERP of the future — creating a tighter ecosystem across the value chain.

Chief Operating Officer,
Consumer Products, United States

One of the most important uses of blockchain in the media industry could be its ability to support micro-payments without the need for intermediaries.

Chief Executive Officer,
Media and Entertainment, Ireland

I think that blockchain could help some companies replace Airbnb and Uber as intermediaries.

Chief Executive Officer,
Travel, Australia

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Meet our experts

Jerry Cuomo

VP Blockchain Technology,
IBM Industry Platform

Brigid McDermott

VP Blockchain Business Development,
IBM Industry Platform

Ramesh Gopinath

VP Blockchain Solutions,
IBM Industry Platform

James Wallis

VP Blockchain Markets and Engagements,
IBM Industry Platform

Carl Nordman

Global Director C-suite Study
Program and CFO Lead,
Global Business Services

Veena Pureswaran

Associate Partner IBV Global
Research Leader Blockchain,
Global Business Services

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