Blockchain technology offers business leaders unique benefits including conducting large scale transactions, shared systems of record, unchangeable data, transparency to third parties, automated smart contracts, and tokens representing both digital and physical assets.
According to Gartner research blockchain enables organisations to keep a ledger of unique assets (such as currencies), digital assets (such as media files), and tokenised physical assets (such as commodities) in public and easily tracible records.
“Organisations are discovering that blockchain technology offers elegant ways to conduct transactions on a large scale without the need for relationships that depend on trust or costly escrow and indemnity arrangements. These fundamental benefits are attracting more organisations to the technology,” the report says.
Despite the fast growth of the blockchain ecosystem, its complexity makes it difficult to navigate for business leaders, with only 5 percent of CIOs reporting that they are using blockchain in Gartner’s 2021 CIO survey.
However, the authors reveal that they expect Blockchain interest to increase alongside the emergence of Web3.
Usecases for blockchain share commonalities including the need for irrefutable data, large transaction volumes and adjustable privacy layers according to the authors. In a Web3 world this may be tracking and developing NFTs.
According to the report, “Organisations will derive the most value when they can connect with each other using publicly accessible blockchains. Such blockchains have proven secure, have multiple applications and support a trustless environment.
“Enterprise leaders aiming to invest early in new technologies should experiment first with internal applications on public blockchains and then, once they understand the fundamentals, expand to include external partners.”
The report highlights the key conditions that must be met for executive leaders to approve the use of blockchain technology or participate in blockchain initiatives:
- Participants share transaction information but do not reply on a single central point of truth
- Data will not change after being added to the blockchain
- Blockchain systems are available to third parties
- Participants benefit from tokenised asset management and smart contract automation