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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 23:07

The Impact of Blockchain on the Enterprise

Blockchain is a word that’s used quite often these days, thanks to the meteoric rise in Bitcoin’s value. But the applications of blockchain go way beyond Bitcoin, and we’ve only begun to discover what this revolutionary technology can do. Today, I’ll be taking a look at how blockchain will impact the enterprise, and how businesses can benefit from this technology.

First, let’s take a look at what blockchain is.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain seems extremely complicated, but the concept behind it is quite simple. Basically, a blockchain is a ledger, and an exact copy of this ledger is maintained on every single computer that’s connected to the blockchain network. This network can either be private, like those run by a corporation, or public, like the one Bitcoin uses.

The information in a blockchain’s ledger forms a block. Whenever a change in the ledger occurs, a new block is created (this new block contains all the existing information + the change) and sent out to all the computers on the network. Each computer uses cryptography to verify that the new block hasn’t been tampered with, and if so, all the computers on the blockchain reach a consensus to add the new block to the chain. This is where the term blockchain comes from.

Blockchain’s impact and applications for the enterprise

Finance:

The most obvious impact of blockchain is that it allows financial access to anyone, anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a first-world country or in an underprivileged society where conventional banking is not available to you. Using blockchain, one can conduct decentralized transactions with anyone in the world and conduct financial activities including buying, selling, and borrowing. Nobody needs to authorize that transaction and there’s virtually no delay.

The best part is that, because of the technology’s inherent nature, trust is built-in. Your activity on the blockchain network is immutably recorded in the blocks, and you can allow the other party selective access to your reviews, ratings, and financial activity, so they can verify your trustworthiness.

Banking:

Blockchain technology is being used by quite a few banks today in order to facilitate and enhance their operations. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and Red Electrica Corporation made history by delivering the world’s first syndicated loan of €150m using blockchain; thanks to blockchain, the loan was facilitated in record time. Intesa Sanpaolo, an Italian international banking group, is also using blockchain to easily validate trading data.

Other notable names in the banking industry currently using blockchain include HSBC, Barclays, and Visa. HSBC is shifting its traditional paper based records to blockchain, Barclays is using it to streamline funds transfers, Visa recently included cryptocurrency support for its payment network. What’s amazing is that all the banks I’ve mentioned here are using blockchain in different ways; which just goes to show how diverse this technology is.

Real Estate:

Anyone who has ever dealt with real estate in any capacity knows what a pain it is to deal with. There’s a ton of paperwork and bureaucracy, the payments aren’t simplified, transaction costs are too high, and the whole process takes too much time.

Coldwell Banker is using blockchain technology to solve all these problems in real estate. Using blockchain, the transactions are secured and take a fraction of the time they normally would. Brookfield Asset Management is also looking to use blockchain in commercial real estate to drastically reduce transaction costs and automate their contracts.

Education/document/job experience verification:

Back when blockchain was initially invented in 1991, it was meant for this very purpose. Using blockchain, documents would no longer need to be verified by a central authority or to be notarized. As an applicant, one can choose which details to reveal to a prospective employer using the blockchain. The business that receives this info can be sure of its validity as it’s nearly impossible to fake information on the blockchain; the credentials that are sent over are verified, and vouched for, by everyone else on the blockchain.

Sony, in collaboration with IBM, developed a system where blockchain is used to secure, share, and verify student records. Learning Machine also collaborated with MIT in 2016 to develop a similar system to verify student records. These systems can also be easily expanded to document and job experience validation.

Cloud Storage:

The biggest challenges for cloud storage these days are data security, data privacy, and reliability. Blockchain can address all of these issues by first encrypting the data, making sure it’s secure and private, and then distributing it all over the blockchain to ensure reliability.

Only the person with the private key will be able to decrypt that data, and, thanks to the blockchain, the data will always be available. Compared to traditional web servers like Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, blockchain is much more reliable as it’s much less likely for all blockchain nodes to go down at the same time.

Supply Chain:

As corporations get bigger, their supply chains can get increasingly complex and more difficult to deal with. As a consequence, it’s nearly impossible for a company to guarantee its products’ quality throughout all phases of its supply chain.

Walmart tackled a similar problem using blockchain. The retail giant was facing a very high percentage of product returns from its customers due to quality issues. In order to find out where the quality issues were originating from in its supply chain and to solve them, Walmart employed blockchain. Thanks to the blockchain technology, the company was not only able to track where the issues were occurring (and fix them), it also leveraged blockchain’s proof of work to make sure that these issues don’t occur again.

DHL is also working on a proof of concept with Accenture, using blockchain, that will allow them to track medicines from their origin point all the way to the consumer. The idea is to prevent tampering with drugs and to easily get rid of counterfeit medicines.

Healthcare:

When it comes to their confidential healthcare data, patients have very little control over it. FDA realized this, and it is currently working to use blockchain technology to power a platform that will secure patients’ healthcare data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also working with IBM on a similar system that will let it securely store all patient records on an encrypted ledger system.

Furthermore, in the field of healthcare, the use of blockchain isn’t just limited to governmental use. Pfizer, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and Deloitte are currently using the technology to track records and manage their digital inventories.

These are just a few of the industries blockchain is changing for the better. The examples I included just go to show how revolutionary and disruptive this technology can be. We’re only beginning to see its uses, and I can’t wait to see how it fosters innovations in all industries.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:49

Don't Blame the Blockchain

Blockchain is deeply embedded in revolutionizing data integrity, across several industries worldwide. Over the past few years, the credibility of blockchain as a promising technology has made leaps and bounds, with a point of maturity still awaiting on the horizon. 

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From the opioid epidemic to the COVID-19 pandemic, such events have intensified the need for complete transparency and trust in supply chains to ensure packaging and products are contaminant free. Now, perhaps more than ever, supply chain partners and customers want details and information about industry practices and products.

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and blockchain, which is steadily gaining adoption in other markets, could be the next game-changing technology for the cannabis industry across the country. Proven in mainstream food safety, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and other sectors, blockchain-backed platforms offer benefits for everyone, from breeders with new genetics to consumers shopping dispensary shelves. 

The following are some of the ways blockchain technology could benefit the cannabis industry:

  1. Rapid, real-time traceability and tracking.

Blockchain’s secure technology ensures an accurate, permanent record, but it also allows rapid access to specific details within the large amounts of stored information. With blockchain, businesses can instantly get a specific product’s full history and access present and past locations in the supply chain. In a seed-to-sale tracking system, all cannabis seedlings would be given a unique identifier and registered in a manifest. Plants are tracked through the entire supply chain, allowing regulators to identify cannabis products along with attributes such as seed origin, plant strain, and supply chain transaction history. Plant strain DNA could also be a key attribute tracked through this system. This real-time record keeping aids in preventing diversion with the illegal market, facilitating prosecution of illegal diversion, and enabling rapid product recalls. It would also ensure that medical and recreational cannabis products are kept apart throughout their life-cycle.

  1. Improved efficiency and reduced costs. 

Few people understand how massive the Cannabis industry has become. As lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada are pushing for decriminalization, the industry now employs more than 250,000 people. That’s about five times the amount of U.S. coal miners. Labor remains one of the largest expenses for cannabis businesses, whether they operate cultivation facilities, retail shops or both. Blockchain can streamline time-consuming tracking, reporting and auditing, and eventually reduce the need for staff and oversight related to those functions. 

  1. Product validation and standardization. 

Cannabis has long been identified primarily by street names. Under blockchain-powered programs, genetic cultivar information could be collected, registered, tested and published through the secure, permanent infrastructure blockchain provides.

Growers can protect their IP. Researchers can identify specific genetic and chemical profiles. Medical providers and retailers can be sure they receive consistent products and verify provenance, testing results, patient outcomes and other immutable information.

  1. Consumer confidence. 

Blockchain-powered scannable codes and other technologies can increase transparency and provide end consumers with secure, verified product identification and information to drive confidence and brand loyalty.

Product diversion can be accomplished by inserting illegally grown plants into the regulated distribution system, or selling legally grown plants in an unregulated fashion. With blockchain, distributed ledgers and proof of work algorithms create a transaction system that is secure, irreversible, and auditable; no single party has sufficient power to alter a past transaction record. This limits product’s diversion risk by reducing tampering, and collusion, in the database system. To reduce tampering with the physical assets (plants), plant tags can be linked with producer and retailer metadata such as business name, location, and employee ID. Associating each plant tag with multiple metadata properties would limit illegal transaction of plant tags within the system. 

As noted, there are many issues within the cannabis industry that can be tackled with the help of blockchain technology to make it stronger, safer, and more transparent.

BlockSpaces Solution:

As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries such as cannabis, it is becoming more apparent that systems and processes will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and technologies. 

BlockSpaces has created a system that is designed to serve as an integrated message bus for blockchain-based applications and their underlying blockchain technologies and platforms while, client-side, hiding the technical complexities associated with integrating the various blockchain networks.

To learn more about BlockSpaces Connect or to set up a time to talk to with team, visit our website.
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Blockchain adoption within the enterprise has continued to increase over the past year, despite the impact of COVID-19 on the business landscape.  In fact, we have seen an increase in real-world blockchain use cases within specific industries.  The recent survey conducted by Deloitte on Global Blockchain in 2020 reveals that blockchain has moved from promise to reality.

When blockchain made its debut over 10 years ago, it was widely viewed as a one trick pony supporting the novel cryptocurrency phenomenon.  Today, we have an emerging technology that has become a game-changing, disruptive and foundational technology within many industries.  

Deloitte’s latest survey shows that almost 40% of respondents from major technology companies worldwide currently have blockchain in production and almost nine in ten think blockchain will become more important in the next three years.

Large enterprises (over $1B in revenue) have emerged as early adopters of the technology with 55% of them stating that blockchain is not only critical, but it is in their top 5 strategic priorities over the next 24 months.

While large enterprises continue to implement these solutions within their business and ecosystem; mid-market companies are being left behind.  The pandemic has been devastating to many mid-market companies, gutting their revenues, and causing them to pull back on any investment.  Additionally, mid-market companies are discovering that blockchain is hard, and they don’t have access to resources and talent to help them implement, or even connect, into these blockchain enabled ecosystems.

BlockSpaces has focused its collective efforts by developing a cloud-based middle-ware PaaS that simplifies integration of systems and software connecting mid-market companies to enterprise blockchain solutions and networks.

BlockSpaces Connect enables integration of both private and public blockchains allowing transactions that require different blockchain protocols to be executed efficiently from a single source. Although there are now hundreds of blockchain networks in operation, they are unable to integrate with each other, and interoperability solutions have primarily been focused on public (permission-less) blockchain networks leaving enterprise-focused, private (permissioned) blockchain integration solutions lacking.

If you are interested in learning more about blockchain or how BlockSpaces is bridging the gap between mid-market and enterprise, visit our website at:  https://blockspaces.io, or call us to start the conversation.
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Monday, 18 May 2020 13:00

BlockSpaces Announces BlockSpaces Connect

Tampa, FL— May 18, 2020 Today, BlockSpaces  announced that their core product, BlockSpaces Connect, entered private beta with select partners. BlockSpaces Connect is a platform that enables integration of both public and private blockchains that allows transactions that require different blockchain protocols to be executed efficiently from a single source.

As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries and across business processes, it is becoming more apparent that systems will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and technologies, as well as seamless integration into legacy applications. BlockSpaces ConnectTM is designed to serve as an integrated message bus for blockchain-based applications and their underlying blockchain technologies and platforms while, client-side, hiding the technical complexities associated with integrating  the various blockchain networks. 

Some of the most current leading use cases for blockchain in business are in supply chain, provenance of goods, financial transactions and decentralized identity. Today, the early adopters of blockchain have built applications specific to the use case, whether that is food safety, logistics and tracking, digital trust and identity management, or building a marketplace for trusted suppliers and buyers. These are generally stand-alone applications built with different protocols and technologies and they’re managed by different organizations within different environments. 

“Blockchain is not a stand-alone technology, it should be part of a business process; and to truly recognize the value, it must be seamlessly integrated into current systems and processes”,  said BlockSpaces COO, Chuck Dyer. “We are seeing an escalating trend in enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies. Being able to facilitate easy connectivity and interoperability with these networks is where we are going to lead the pack.”

BlockSpaces Connect is designed to simplify the integration of your current business systems and processes with new or existing blockchain networks by leveraging an extensible, connector-based framework. To speed integrations, Harmonia provides a library of pre-built connectors for leading enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Oracle ERP/CRM, SAP, Salesforce and more. BlockSpaces ConnectTM also provides a marketplace of connectors for leading enterprise blockchain networks such as IBM Food Trust, TradeLens, WorldWire, Quorum and Bitcoin. 

Even if you are looking to develop your own applications to integrate with a blockchain network or you’re looking to develop your own network for your ecosystem or consortium, the BlockSpaces ConnectTM Framework will allow you to build custom connectors which can be made available on our Harmonia marketplace.

“For years, BlockSpaces has remained focused on blockchain technology from an agnostic perspective, and we have seen the value in the entire spectrum of it’s innovation”,  said Gabe Higgins, BlockSpaces’ SVP, Research & Development/CoFounder. “We are excited to add our expertise to the rapid advancement of this technology and inevitable movement toward a multi-blockchain world.” 

BlockSpaces, Inc. 

BlockSpaces is a blockchain and distributed ledger focused product development company located in Tampa, Florida.  BlockSpaces offers blockchain consulting and education, custom software development, and technical support for enterprise, and community support for our marketplace blockchain applications.

For more information on BlockSpaces, please visit https://blockspaces.io
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Tampa, FL— April 1, 2020— BlockSpaces, a blockchain and distributed ledger focused product development company, announced today that Co-Founder/CEO Rosa Shores and Chief Technology Officer Chris Tyler will be participating in a COVID-19 Best Practice webinar on April 6, 2020, titled “COVID-19 Best Practices: Blockchain, cybersecurity, and managing liquidity”. The webinar event, hosted by FloridaMakes, in partnership with Bay Area Manufacturers Association, will give a blockchain overview as well as discuss some of the supply chain challenges faced during the COVID19 outbreak. The talk will focus on specific blockchain solutions, and how blockchain can be instrumental in impacting global supply chain resilience.

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Monday, 02 March 2020 03:00

Blockchain Supporting Supply Chain Agility

Supply chain management is absolutely vital for navigating through times of heightened uncertainty in global markets. Presently, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is proving just how valuable, accurate, real-time data is for supply chains and public safety.
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BlockSpaces is dedicated to accelerating enterprise blockchain adoption. Combining advisory, technical functionality, and industry focused support with our core platform, BlockSpaces Connect™, we provide business value to an ecosystem of client innovators.


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