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Bringing Innovation Down to Earth

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July 13, 2018

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  • John Burwash

Space exploration has had no impact on your life. Right? Wrong. Many of the products and technologies we use every day have their origins tied to innovations developed to solve issues related to space travel and habitation.

Close Encounters of the Blockchain Kind: How You’re Likely to Encounter Your First Blockchain in the Enterprise

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July 6, 2018

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  • Jeremy Roberts

Blockchain technology is everywhere and nowhere. It’s all over the media, but its actual use is quite limited. There are four key ways you can expect to encounter blockchain technology, depending on your industry and confidence in blockchain technology in general. Ultimately, while building a custom blockchain solution is appealing, it is unfortunately impractical. I predict that the vast majority of organizations will encounter blockchain technology on the back end of a vendor SaaS.

How Will Blockchain Impact IT? Part One: Decentralized Storage

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July 5, 2018

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  • Jeremy Roberts

Part one of a short series on the implications of blockchain for IT. This note explores the concept of blockchain-powered decentralized storage, and evaluates the potential impact of such solutions for IT. Ultimately, while the technology itself is interesting, this use case is not yet particularly compelling.

How Will Blockchain Impact IT? Part Two: Identity Management

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July 5, 2018

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Part two of a short series on the implications of blockchain for IT. This note explores the concept of blockchain-powered identity management, and evaluates the likelihood that it will be adopted in the enterprise.

Airline Magazine Syndrome, Blockchain, and You

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July 4, 2018

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News of blockchain’s potential has filtered down to CEOs and other executives everywhere, and they naturally have questions about it. As an IT professional, it’s your job to answer those questions. But it’s also important to push back when the technology solution is inappropriate.