Blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology for real-time transactions. IBM Research is using blockchain to re-imagine fundamental business processes and invent new styles of secure digital interaction that will change the way the world works.

 

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Blockchain at IBM Research

IBM researchers are working with clients, governments and academics to design and develop blockchain solutions that create trust and remove frictions that inhibit business. We're building networks to simplify and secure all types of digital transactions, from financial exchanges, supply chains, IoT and risk management to digital rights management and healthcare.

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Making Blockchain Ready for Business

To help developers quickly begin exploring the use of blockchain in the enterprise, IBM made nearly 44,000 lines of code developed by IBM researchers, software developers and technical architects available to the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project. IBM is among more than 90 companies supporting the Hyperledger Project, a nonprofit organization openly-governed by the Linux Foundation and dedicated to advancing blockchain technology.

Blockchain for global finance

Global Financing

IBM Global Financing operates a channel financing network of more than 4,000 suppliers and partners worldwide, generating 3 million transactions a year. IBM researchers are using blockchain to move transaction information dispersed between parties onto one distributed ledger visible to all involved. The outcome: a significant reduction in the number of disputes, dispute cycle time and more productive use of working capital.

Blockchain for trade

Supply Chain

Scientists from IBM Research are working alongside top talent from Tsinghua University and Walmart to use blockchain to improve the way food is tracked, transported and sold to consumers across China. Using IBM Blockchain based on the Hyperledger Project, the collaboration will help create a new model for food traceability, supply chain transparency and auditability.

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Building with Blockchain

To help developers quickly begin exploring the use of blockchain in the enterprise, IBM made nearly 44,000 lines of code developed by IBM Researchers, software developers and technical architects available to the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project. IBM is among more than 90 companies supporting the Hyperledger Project, a nonprofit organization openly-governed by the Linux Foundation dedicated advancing blockchain technology.      Learn more about the Hyperledger Project

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Blockchains are good for creating business networks. Business and people flourish when they are not isolated.

Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow, Enterprise Solutions, IBM Research

 

Can the Blockchain Remake Wall Street?

Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President and Director at IBM Research, in conversation with WIRED's Cade Metz at WIRED Business Conference 2016 about Blockchain and its potential to reinvent the financial services industry.

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