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Our Special Report on “Practical Blockchain”

by Ray Valdes  |  March 10, 2017  |  1 Comment

Circling back after a long hiatus, it’s been four years since we started looking at blockchain technologies and digital currency. A long strange trip, with many more miles to go.

Today, I just want to let you know about a substantive collection of research that we have launched this week, totaling 27 research notes, a process under the oversight of David Furlonger and myself, with contributions from many colleagues.

Over the past 18 months, we have responded to the tremendous explosion of interest in the topic of blockchain. A wave of inquiries from our client base: end-user organizations (global 1000 companies and governmental organizations), technology vendors, investors and other constituencies. I’m told that “blockchain” now is the #2 most searched term in the Gartner.com website.

The idea for the theme (“practical blockchain”) was driven by colleague Martin Reynolds, who wanted us to get out there and state what can you really do with blockchain technology today and in the near future: What is the decision process, how is the technology landscape evolving, what are lessons learned from early initiatives (almost all of which have failed to move to production and reached various stages of termination, not always graceful), and so on.

So you know, much of our research is behind a paywall. However, the overview note is public. Also, here’s an abridged version of one of the notes, recently published in Forbes magazine as “Capture Success from Your Failing Blockchain Project“.

Here’s a complete list of the 27 notes:

  • What CIOs Should Tell the Board of Directors About Blockchain
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Enterprise Blockchain Projects
  • Blockchain: Managing Business Expectations
  • How to Determine If You Need a Blockchain Project, and If So, What Kind?
  • How to Develop a Business Case for Blockchain Projects
  • How to Make the Most of a ‘Pointless’ Blockchain Project
  • The Evolving Landscape of Blockchain Technology Platforms
  • Understanding Blockchain Platform Architectures and Implementation Styles
  • Be Careful What You Wish for When Engaging Smart Contracts to Support Your Digital Business
  • Market Guide for Blockchain Consulting and Proof-of-Concept Development Services
  • Forecast: Blockchain Business Value, Worldwide, 2017-2030
  • Five Essential Actions to Prepare TSPs for the Enterprise Blockchain Market
  • Report Highlight for Market Trends: Look Beyond Technology to Succeed in Blockchain
  • Market Trends: What CSPs Should Do About Blockchain
  • How CIOs Can Identify Viable Blockchain Use Cases in Insurance
  • Blockchain in Utilities: Promise and Reality
  • Blockchain Will Drive Digital Branding in Consumer Goods Manufacturing
  • Why Retail Payments Systems Don’t Need Blockchain
  • Seven Things That Supply Chain Leaders Need to Know About Blockchain
  • Blockchain Usage Depends on Blockchain Wallet Platforms
  • Building Blockchain into Your Data and Analytics Program
  • Adapt Your Information Governance for the Rise of Blockchains
  • Toolkit: Blockchain Consortium Initiatives
  • Toolkit: Government Use Cases for Blockchain
  • Toolkit: Overview of Blockchain Use Cases
  • Toolkit: The Current Landscape of Blockchain Patents

There are many additional notes that are in progress, and will publish over the next few months. These upcoming notes will go deeper into some of the above topics: smart contracts, specific technology platforms, new business models, use cases, and best practices. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at my first-name dot last-name at Gartner dot com.

Category: blockchain  programmable-economy  

Ray Valdes
Research VP
9 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

Ray Valdes is research director in Gartner Research, where he is part of the Internet Platforms and Web Services team. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Our Special Report on “Practical Blockchain”


  1. Keshav Giria says:

    Can block chain be used in Indian Military common operation systems?



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