Blockchain Adoption: Industry Requirements and the Role of Prototypes
Niche blockchain solutions leading the way
“We are in an evolution where a lot of companies are creating a niche,” said finoryx’s Olivier Rouclox as he opened the floor at a recent Hyperledger meetup in London.
“When you look at the [blockchain] adoption, you can look at the past. You can see that a lot of very small initiatives happened, nothing major. There is no revolution.” —Olivier Rouclox, finoryx
Olivier believed that the future of blockchain banked on the prevalence of niche technologies, stating “the future will be a consolidation of all the niche that will increase to make something that has a business value for the community.”
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He later explained the role of prototypes in this process.
“DLT” or “blockchain”?
But first, Olivier emphasized the importance of using the term Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) instead of blockchain, because “a lot of integrators are mad about the fact that you don’t have bitcoin on the blockchain.”
He then lauded European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for publishing a paper on DLT and for their understanding of the technology, its impact, and its effect on existing regulations.
Olivier points out some key aspects of blockchain (or DLT) that is critical to any industry and not just financial services.
- Transparency. All members of the ecosystem can see what’s going on.
- Permanence. All actions conducted in blockchain are lasting.
- Collaboration. All members are expected to contribute to blockchain as a community.
- Business continuity. Distributed process ensures continuous and uninterrupted processing.
- Security. A combination of proven unbreakable cryptotechnology together with a distribution of security enforcement processes at different endpoints.
- Operations harmonization. Joint processes using smart contracts and similar open-source technology at all endpoints.
“It’s interesting to ask yourself, ‘should I follow the hype of the technology or should I really think in terms of business value for blockchain?'” —Olivier Rouclox, Vision and Product Strategy, finoryx
A successful DLT-centric model
To Olivier, the perfect blockchain technology would have the following attributes:
- It would have to be community-driven.
- It would have to be launched by a major infrastructure like a group of banks.
- It would have to be configured using recommendations from market representatives, working groups, and committees.
- It would have to use business standards edited by the most recognized bodies, implemented within autonomous smart contracts.
- It would have to be accessible to all members but with different levels of accessibility.
“You really need credibility behind your initiative, because if you don’t have any credibility, you don’t have any adoption.” —Olivier Rouclox, Vision and Product Strategy, finoryx
DLT in action: European implementations
Olivier cited some cases where the tangible benefits of the DLT were being explored.
- Seven major financial institutions have started a collaboration to develop a blockchain infrastructure for SMEs in Europe.
- In Luxembourg, 12 banks have joined forces with a Big Four company to create an infrastructure for bookkeeping of investment funds in Luxembourg.
- KBC, a Belgian bank that has an e-banking platform with crowdfunding, has added a secondary market for crowdfunding which is essentially a safe keeping market infrastructure for post-trade based on blockchain.
Olivier states, “there is no one-stop-shop solution.” There is no single blockchain solution that fits the whole ecosystem. So, to drive DLT adoption, Olivier suggests to learn what’s going on and build prototypes. “Don’t wait, do something,” he said.
Proof of concepts may never become products, but if you don’t start with a proof of concept, then you will truly never have a product.
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Table of contents
- The Royal Bank of Scotland Builds a Hyperledger Digital Wallet: the Lessons Learned
- Blockchain Bottlenecks in Finance, Healthcare, and Insurance
- Hyperledger/Blockchain Main Drivers, Use Cases, and Implications
- Hyperledger and Blockchain Are in the Wright Brothers Era
- What Is the Future of Blockchain?