Blockchain for Business

Book description

The Pragmatic Guide to Driving Value and Disrupting Markets with Blockchain


“Much has been written about blockchain in the past few years: what it is and what it is not (at various levels of detail), as well as the technology's long-term strategic value for companies, industries, and economies. However, what we've been missing is a practical, operational, ‘how to' set of steps for creating, implementing, and operating a blockchain-based solution. This book aims to fill that gap. It's an invaluable tool for anyone ready to take the plunge and start taking advantage of this remarkable technology.’

–Irving Wladawsky-Berger, research affiliate, MIT; columnist, WSJ CIO Journal; VP Emeritus, IBM

Blockchain enables enterprises to reinvent processes and business models and to pursue radically disruptive applications. Blockchain for Business is a concise, accessible, and pragmatic guide to both the technology and the opportunities it creates.


Authored by three experts from IBM's Enterprise Blockchain practice, it introduces industry-specific and cross-industry use cases, and reviews best-practice approaches to planning and delivering blockchain projects. With a relentless focus on real-world business outcomes, the authors reveal what blockchain can do, what it can't do yet, and where it's headed.

  • Understand five elements that make blockchain so disruptive: transparency, immutability, security, consensus, and smart contracts
  • Explore key use cases: cross-border payments, food and drug safety, provenance, trade finance, clinical trials, land registries, and more
  • See how trusted blockchain networks are facilitating entirely new business models
  • Compare blockchain types: permissioned, permissionless, private, public, federated, and hybrid
  • Anticipate key technical, business, regulatory, and governance challenges
  • Build blockchain financial models, investment rubrics, and risk frameworks
  • Organize and manage teams to transform blockchain plans into reality

Whether you're a senior decision maker, technical professional, customer, or investor, Blockchain for Business will help you cut through the hype and objectively assess blockchain's potential in your business.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Praise for Blockchain for Business
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Dedication Page
  7. Contents
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
    1. Who Is This Book For?
    2. What Is Covered in This Book?
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. About the Authors
  12. 1 Introduction to Blockchain
    1. Blockchain Beliefs
    2. Enterprise Blockchain
    3. Why Blockchain Matters
    4. The Trailblazers
    5. Blockchain for Good
    6. Blockchain Questions from Business and Technology Leaders
    7. Chapter Summary
    8. References
  13. 2 Opportunities and Challenges
    1. Disruptive Elements
    2. Opportunities
    3. Challenges
    4. Chapter Summary
    5. References
  14. 3 Understanding the Technology Landscape
    1. Blockchain: A Technical Perspective
    2. Blockchain for Enterprises
    3. Essential Maturity Imperatives for Enterprise Blockchain
    4. Token Revolution
    5. Understanding Digital Asset (Token) Fungibility: Opportunities and Challenges Related to Token Valuation and Blockchain Ecosystems
    6. Considerations for Meaningful and Sustainable Blockchain-Powered Business Networks
    7. Chapter Summary
    8. References
  15. 4 Business of Business Models
    1. Path to Blockchain Enterprise Adoption: A Prescriptive Approach
    2. Business Modeling and Design
    3. Chapter Summary
  16. 5 Developing a Governance Structure for Blockchain Networks
    1. Governance Structure and Landscape
    2. SCTrustNet
    3. Chapter Summary
  17. 6 Building a Team to Drive Blockchain Projects
    1. Enterprise Structures in a Decentralized Economy
    2. Roles of an Enterprise in a Blockchain Network
    3. Building an Effective Team
    4. Intraprise Synergy
    5. An Example of a Blockchain Project Team
    6. Chapter Summary
  18. 7 Understanding Financial Models, Investment Rubrics, and Model Risk Frameworks
    1. Understanding Blockchain Project Financial Fundamentals
    2. Blockchain Investment Rubric
    3. Return on Investment Modeling
    4. Risk Modeling
    5. Chapter Summary
    6. References
  19. 8 Looking Ahead: What Does the Future Hold?
    1. The Network of Networks
    2. Blockchain at the Nexus of Technology
    3. Blockchain Opportunities and Challenges: What Lies Ahead?
    4. Overall Summary
    5. References
  20. Index
  21. Credits

Product information

  • Title: Blockchain for Business
  • Author(s): Jai Singh Arun, Jerry Cuomo, Nitin Gaur
  • Release date: March 2019
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780135581360