Blockchain: Foundational Change in the Financial Services Ecosystem
While the initial frenzy in digital currency was around bitcoin, the financial and technology communities started to see that blockchain, the underlying platform, might have real potential as a means of securely transferring value independent of bitcoin. Now, blockchain technology is seen as a revolutionary tool that has potential across the financial ecosystem as well as in other areas where it can help realize greater operational efficiency and transparency.
For the select group of blockchain platform vendors, the cumulative third-party investment for the 2013-to-2016 period totals US$457 million. In 2017, we are likely to see fewer but larger investments totaling US$399 million go to firms with good chances of reaching broad scale.
Amid the buzz surrounding blockchain technology, business leaders face a steep challenge selecting the foundational blockchain platform upon which they will build smart contracts and their own business layer. The field of these new platforms is packed and getting more crowded, while important elements of distributed ledger architecture are also changing. How to keep up with this fast-moving technology?
Aite Group has been following bitcoin and blockchain for several years, and reports have been written around several blockchain touch points and use cases. Blockchain is challenging the status quo within the financial services industry, and Aite Group analysts have spent countless hours researching and advising clients so that they can make informed decisions on how to appropriately deal with blockchain technology to future-proof their business.
Aite Group’s Blockchain Compendium is a direct result of those efforts and provides in-depth information and analysis around business scenarios and tangible use cases across the following financial services segments:
Retail banking and payments
Wholesale banking and payments
The Blockchain Compendium provides a central source for all things blockchain in financial services, functioning as a living document with additional contributions from Aite Group analysts added as new reports come out and the space evolves. Blockchain is changing our professions and the industry; it’s essential to understand how and why this is happening. To gain access to Aite Group's Blockchain Compendium, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.