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Get ready for Blockchain-as-as-Service as revenues set to pass $10bn

Written by NTN staff
03/10/18

Blockchain and related distributed ledger technologies are expanding outside of the finance and insurance space and into supply chain and retail among other sectors. ABI Research forecasts over $10.6 billion in software and services revenue for all combined markets globally by 2023.

The success of blockchain in fintech has prompted significant investment in deploying the underlying infrastructure for application development and testing in other industries. Promising new use cases are being trialled in a number of digitally transforming sectors, notably supply chain management, retail and consumer, arts and entertainment, and public services.

Tech giants such as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, SAP, HPE, and Oracle, among others, are pushing Blockchain-as-as-Service for first movers, often enabling integration with their existing enterprise software and cloud services, said ABI Research. A number of high-profile proofs-of-concept and pilots with leading multinationals is driving both interest and increased investment in the technology.

Most notably, use cases for tackling endemic problems in the global supply chain are proving particularly popular. Blockchain is being leveraged to resolve complex issues around transparency, efficiency, and cost. Successful pilots run by the likes of Walmart and Maersk in tracking and monitoring products on a global scale are emerging into commercialized platforms that will be market-ready in the next few months.

The successful transition of these test cases to commercialisation in such a global industry will in turn drive efforts to deploy blockchain to address barriers and risks in other sectors too, especially in adjacent industrial markets, ABI said.