December 21st, 2017 by jja_fr

Which control principles are essential for blockchain adoption on a global scale?

Since its mention by Satoshi Nakamoto in the 2008 white paper ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’, blockchain technology, also called Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), has attracted significant attention among the global financial services community. Researchers and investors are increasingly interested in the transformative and disruptive ability of this technology to:

  • Facilitate an exchange of value
  • Enable the safe storage of value
  • Achieve operational efficiencies
  • Secure cost savings
  • Increase industry transparency
  • Enhance customer experiences

In this paper, we consider three macro factors which we consider essential to the widespread adoption of private DLTs within the financial community in the long term. These macro factors are:

  1. Governance
  2. Legal and Regulation
  3. Standards

Although this paper discusses each factor in isolation, financial institutions should view all three as interdependent and complementary when considering DLT adoption.

When introducing DLT into the enterprise, it is essential that the DLT system is capable of integrating and interoperating with other systems, including other blockchain solutions or technologies. Even within individual DLT implementations, the blockchain component is likely to be a single part of a larger whole, with additional data stores, messaging systems, interfaces and touch points to both internal and external systems. Institutions therefore need to ensure that all systems are capable of interconnecting and communicating with one another.

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