From supply chain to human resources, blockchain (distributed ledger technology) will impact every industry it touches. However, myths around what the distributed ledger technology is and how it works threaten to prevent businesses from capitalizing on its far-reaching potential to impact positive change. When it comes to blockchain technology, there is a fear factor. Some of what frightens potential users is the technology's cryptocurreny origins. But blockchain has many uses beyond crypto. Let's take a look at some of the common misconceptions that persist around blockchain and separate the myths from the realities.
MYTH 1 Blockchains Are Only Designed to Help Manage Money
Yes, blockchains can (and are) being used to manage financial transactions, but they are also being used to accelerate the trading and settlement of transactions, to enhance cross-border payments and transfers, and to make the supply chain traceable from end-to-end. A blockchain can increase transparency around any type of transaction—from goods moving through a supply chain to the verification of the education and degrees a student needs to earn a degree. Blockchain can also be used to verify the credentials of a job applicant, so future employers can ensure that the person they wish to hire actually has the skills they claim to have.
MYTH 2 Blockchains Consume Insane Amounts of Energy, Driving Up Costs
While it's true that mining via permissionless blockchains (used to mine cryptocurrencies) drives up costs, this is not true of the permissioned blockchains most typically used to perform business transactions. Permissioned blockchains don't typically involve cryptocurrency mining.
The governing body of trusted participants creates the rules to validate information across the network on the chain. Permissioned blockchains have actually been proven to be cost-effective.
MYTH 3: Bitcoin is Blockchain and Blockchain is Bitcoin
Beyond serving as the underlying technology used by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain has many other potential uses across all enterprise activities, including insurance, healthcare, supply chain,and identity verification. So now that we've dispelled many of the misconceptions about blockchain, let's talk about the realities.
Blockchain can help revolutionize current business processes in the following ways:
With all these benefits, it's clear that blockchain is a technology you might want to explore. Here are a few resources to help you determine if blockchain might be right for your business.
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Mary Hall is Director of Oracle Blockchain Product Marketing. In this role, Mary works to develop sales tools, marketing materials, case studies, web pages, videos, sales enablement training, events, blogs, social media, infographics and other marketing essentials.
Prior to joining Oracle, Mary worked at IBM for over 13 years, most recently working on Blockchain. In addition to her work with IBM, Mary has worked at consulting firms and Internet start-ups. This year, Mary was voted one of the “Top 100 Women in Blockchain” by Richtopia. She has also been voted one of the Top 100 Influencers in the area of Identity by One World Identity. Mary has won many awards for marketing hardware & software products, as well as social media and digital marketing. A passionate creator of content on a wide variety of topics, Mary’s writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and on CNN Headline News.