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Blockchain – Decentralization or Bust?

by Rajesh Kandaswamy  |  May 21, 2018  |  2 Comments

Blockchain came from bitcoin. Bitcoin is about decentralization. So, Blockchain is about decentralization. And, blockchain cannot survive without decentralization. That’s how the narrative goes. But, is it really true? Let us look at both these points, especially the second one a little more.

allinWith regard to the first one, we just do not have enough evidence to assume that all decentralization will create value. Neither do we have proof that decentralization can be applied in all markets or ecosystems.

On the second one – that blockchain cannot survive without decentralization – just because blockchain originated in a decentralized scenario, it cannot be assumed that it will not work elsewhere, ever. While we do not have proof that it will work, we do not have proof that it won’t work either. It is just too early to tell either way. Technology is not static and evolves to be used in different ways and so will the case be for blockchain. Second, we cannot dismiss the ability of entrepreneurs to exploit interesting technology in a myriad of ways. For instance, some of the business ideas out of Internet did not emerge for even a decade after the Netscape Navigator came out – think Facebook or Uber. So, it is risky to apply such a blunt dichotomy – decentralization or bust – in such early days of blockchain. Who are we to assume that the paths of future innovation will be restricted to certain ways, when the technology itself is evolving and humankind’s potential for ingenuity is vast? So, keep calm, carry on and always look for a good business plan.

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Rajesh Kandaswamy
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Rajesh Kandaswamy covers the banking industry for technology and service providers. His focus areas within banking include retail banking, credit cards, payments, mortgage, consumer and commercial lending, risk management, and technology finance. His primary technology areas are mobile banking, mobile and cloud payments, channel convergence, digital strategy, big data analytics, core banking, program governance, and outsourcing. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Blockchain – Decentralization or Bust?


  1. Blockchain has manifested in an interesting way with technology, particularly CRM. Salesforce, the biggest CRM in the world, might see blockchain coming on board.

    What are your thoughts about this?

    • Rajesh Kandaswamy says:

      Nikita, Thank you for your comment. Blockchain providing trust mechanisms that can help transactions or interactions. It is still up for debate if will solve issues in functional areas such as CRM, offering something more useful that today’s technologies. But, it is too early to dismiss as well.



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