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The blockchain story is beginning a new chapter, one in which the questions executives are asking are tougher, more granular, more grounded, and more pragmatic. 

The question for executives is no longer, "Will blockchain work?" but, "How can we make blockchain work for us?" 

SINCE the first blockchain advocates began promoting the technology’s capabilities over a decade ago, leaders across industries have often seemed unsure what to do with it. But in 2019, something unmistakable appears to be happening.

What has emerged is a shared recognition that blockchain is real—and that it can serve as a pragmatic solution to business problems across industries and use cases. This is not some far-flung vision held by long-standing believers in the technology.

Even leaders wary of tech-based solutions have come to see the larger, transformational importance of the technology.

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Though blockchain hasn’t reached its full potential, savvy executives surveyed for Deloitte’s 2019 global blockchain survey are confident about new and evolving use cases; they continue to see the technology as a connecting platform that can enable many business processes.

Since our last survey,1 respondents report that overall corporate blockchain investment is growing across most sectors as new, practical applications gain traction.

Like young college graduates quickly adjusting their expectations after entering the workforce, executives have seen time and practical considerations refine and define their view of what is possible in using blockchain into what is plausible—and what is practical.

What we’re seeing in 2019 is the continuing evolution of blockchain from a capable yet underdeveloped technology into a more refined and mature solution poised to deliver on its initial promise to disrupt.The question for executives is no longer, “Will blockchain work?” but, “How can we make blockchain work for us?”

Overview and methodology statement
Deloitte conducted this survey between February 8 and March 4, 2019, primarily as a research vehicle to gain greater insights into the overall attitudes and investments in blockchain as a technology.

The release of the survey highlights in this article reflects those opinions and perceptions around blockchain and the potential impact of the technology in the future. The information shared provides summaries of a subset of the overall data and insights collected.

The survey polled a sample of 1,386 senior executives in a dozen countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States) at companies with US$500 million or more in annual revenue for US respondents and at companies with US$100 million or more in annual revenue for respondents outside of the United States.

Respondents had at least a broad understanding of blockchain and were familiar with and able to comment on their organizations’ investment plans.Between February 18 and March 8, 2019, we also administered the survey to executives at a group of 31 blockchain emerging disruptors to gauge their attitudes and investments in blockchain as a technology.

All of these emerging disruptor respondents had revenue of less than US$50 million.

2019 survey highlightsLast year’s survey showed blockchain adoption reaching a turning point: Momentum had begun shifting from “blockchain tourism” and exploration toward the building of practical business applications.

Financial services and, more specifically, the financial technology (fintech) sector were leading in blockchain development, while other industries were cautious in their search for use cases to provide a return on investment to justify the cost and effort of implementing blockchain solutions.

Today, fintech remains a blockchain leader, but more organizations in more sectors—such as technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and health care, and government—are expanding and diversifying their blockchain initiatives.

Still, despite these advances, progress remains measured in the wake of blockchain’s first cyclical rise and fall, and the resulting attitude shifts following the initial blockchain buzz.

On a positive note, this year’s survey reveals continued strong investment, with those willing to invest US$5 million or more in new blockchain initiatives over the next 12 months, holding steady at 40 percent (up a point from 2018).

Simultaneously, 53 percent of respondents say that blockchain technology has become a critical priority for their organizations in 2019—a 10-point increase over last year (see figure 1).

Moreover, 83 percent see compelling use cases for blockchain, up from 74 percent (figure 2), and respondents’ overall attitudes toward blockchain have strengthened meaningfully.

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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst Deloitte Insights reports on the Blockchain are possibly the better written thoughts on evolution of this tech around the world. The view is optimistic. More traction, more granularity, companies asking already how they can integrate the blockchain instead of asking if the blockchain even would work for them, etc. Overall, a lot of work to do yet, but nothing seems able to stop the blockchain's ascend.