IBM Shares How Early Blockchain Adopters Are Innovating Businesses Using Distributed Ledger Advantages
Blockchain technology has received a lot of attention in recent years, and especially in 2018. In the past decade, businesses, developers, investors, and many others discovered a near-unlimited number of potential use cases, and while many of them are still skeptical the technology — early adopters were able to innovate their businesses through unique opportunities.
The Blockchain Is Not Only For Making Transactions
Blockchain technology was conceptualized a long time ago, but it actually came to life only about ten years ago, in pair with Bitcoin. Since it emerged, it experienced constant development, which eventually revealed that there are countless potential use cases for it. However, for a long time, most people believed that it can only be used for making crypto payments and that this is where its usefulness ends.
In recent years, however, businesses outside of the financial sector started paying attention as well, and even the governments realized that they could make use of this technology in a more significant way. Others, such as tech giants, life sciences, and even regular consumers came to the same conclusions, realizing that blockchain technology opens up an entire world of new opportunities.
This is especially true for sectors where modernization has been relatively slow. The blockchain is significant for these areas because it can speed up innovation through better information exchange and promotion of new, interesting ideas. Blockchain's potential allows it to remove friction, unlock new value across different industries, and establish higher levels of trust between those who use it.
Another misconception that many have had is that these businesses are crossing to blockchain in order to disrupt their competitors, which is incorrect, in most cases. They are actually just doing it to overcome business frictions that they themselves experienced. Furthermore, they also focused on empowering individuals and allowing people to be in control of their data. Other goals were to bring forth better voting rights, improve the relationship between businesses and customers, and increase engagement between the two.
Blockchain In The Electronics Industry
One of the industries that have made the most significant amount of progress thanks to the implementation of blockchain technology is the electronics industry. Many other businesses that have decided to shift to blockchain expected to gain better information quality, easier decision making, and similar benefits.
However, when it comes to the electronics industry, they believe that imperfect data is not the biggest problem. Considering how well-connected their supply chains are, it is not really surprising that they are satisfied with their data quality. No, what they expect of blockchain technology is to unlock new business models, and improve the efficiency of supply chains and other operations even further.
This also includes things such as inventory management, asset management, better computing, component origin, better transactions and advanced messaging, and more.
Blockchain Can Fuel Further Advancement Of Other Technologies
While blockchain is one of the largest and most important technological breakthroughs that we had in the last few decades, it can do more than just try to solve business problems in innovative ways. There are many that believe that blockchain is the perfect technology to serve as a catalyst for different firms and organizations who wish to invest in other types of tech.
Numerous game-changing technologies are currently in development, dealing with their own problems, and trying to solve various world issues. IoT (Internet of Things), for example, is one of them, but so are the AI (Artificial Intelligence), RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification Technology), and RPA (Robotic Process Automation).
As we can see, blockchain can be used for much more than just quick and easy payments, as it was initially believed. It can undoubtedly impact numerous industries and possibly create some new ones along the way. Another important thing to remember is that this technology is still new, and it barely started its own evolution. No one can even guess where it may end up taking it, or who can benefit from these changes in the future.
However, as more companies decide to give blockchain a chance, more of them are experiencing significant progress, as only reinventing their systems and overhauling the outdated ones can open up so many new opportunities.