Daimler explores decentralised data offering in Ocean Protocol collaboration

Daimler, the automotive manufacturer behind the Mercedes-Benz brand among others, is working with Singapore-based Ocean Protocol on a pilot project for 'decentralised data orchestration.'

The project, claimed as a success by both parties, is focused around Ocean Protocol's 'compute-to-data' solution, which aims to enable companies to share, buy, and sell data while maintaining privacy.

Ocean Protocol's wider vision is to coalign blockchain and artificial intelligence...

European startups ready to capitalise on enterprise blockchain opportunity, says new report

The European blockchain startup market is catching up to its North American equivalent, with startups surveyed looking to raise €350 million (£314.9m) in the next 18 months, according to a new report.

The study, from Anglo-French venture capital firm LeadBlock Partners, aims to put a positive spin on the industry illustrated with more than 20 interviews and more than 9,000 datapoints.

A foreword from LeadBlock management Jean-Marc Puel, David Chreng-Messembourg and...

Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey: How blockchain is becoming a ‘true strategic priority’

Blockchain is undergoing a 'compelling' evolution from being an experimental technology to a true strategic priority for organisations, according to Deloitte's latest Global Blockchain Survey.

The study, the third edition which polled almost 1,500 senior executives across 14 countries, found that two in five (39%) companies had already moved their blockchain projects to production - a significant climb from 23% this time last year.

This makes for interesting reading when...

Oil and gas blockchain consortium says successful water haulage pilot is ‘tip of the iceberg’

The OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium has announced the competition of a first successful pilot around water haulage.

The project, which was developed in partnership with Data Gumbo, involved automating the water haulage process, from field readings to invoice payments. It is claimed to be the first industry-wide use of a blockchain-native network - Data Gumbo's GumboNet network -for produced water haulage.

Initial results of the pilot include reducing the current...

Blockchain for a brighter future in 2020 and beyond

Industry has long been easily excited about concepts from virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to autonomous vehicles, wearable technology to chatbots and drones, the list goes on. After innovations emerge, the pattern after much debut hype, is to go underground into pilot programs until the market achieves tangible validation.

If 2019 was the year that blockchain hype persevered, albeit among much polarisation, then 2020 will give way from previously unstructured experimentation...

Q&A: Peter Stein, CEO, Agreement Solutions

With the current uncertain climate around COVID-19, many people have been looking towards more bankable assets and investments; a difficult job as the global markets plummet. It is fair to say that the history of blockchain technologies – ICO boom in 2017, crash in 2018, consolidation thereafter – would not mark it out right now, despite what one may read from the Bitcoin press. Yet some companies are trying to change that.

Agreement Solutions, based in Germany, is aiming to...

Three quarters of execs see blockchain as enterprise-wide priority, says Wipro

More good news for those tracking blockchain’s expected rise in the enterprise: a new report from Wipro has found three quarters of executives polled said they look at blockchain as an enterprise-wide strategic priority.

The report, whose title – ‘Ignore Blockchain At Your Peril, But Don’t Drive Blindly’ – intimates the overall message, was put together by HFS Research and polled 300 senior executives, a third of whom were C-suite, around current and future blockchain...

EY, ConsenSys and Microsoft team up for Baseline enterprise Ethereum project

Ernst & Young (EY), ConsenSys and Microsoft are coming together to form a protocol which aims to make Ethereum ‘safe and effective’ for enterprise usage.

Making blockchain technologies enterprise-friendly has long been a goal of the industry; the key part being increasing the transaction speed to deal with complex organisational goals. The efforts of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Foundation aside, Ethereum has so far struggled on this front, although...

R3 paints optimistic look on enterprise blockchain adoption as companies become ‘smarter’

A new report from R3 paints an optimistic picture for enterprise blockchain initiatives, with companies learning more around how the technology works and delivery increasing.

The report, titled ‘Blockchain: 2020 Vision’, argues that delivery issues, rather than disillusionment, led to the slowdown. In other words, putting these things together takes time; companies who have been working on privacy, performance, and enterprise integration in 2018 and 2019 will see success in...

Forbes’ Blockchain 50 reveals enterprises ‘embracing’ multiple providers

Forbes has published its latest Blockchain 50 list; a half-century of the largest companies with significant blockchain technology initiatives, in a year the publisher has described as one where enterprises have ‘embraced’ the technology.

The list, for which qualification sits upon on either generating revenues or having a valuation in seven figures, can be seen as something of an important milestone. Forbes’ Cloud 100 for instance, a yearly evaluation of the most...