Software AG gives blockchain a mixed rating in enterprise emerging technology assessment

Blockchain should still be in the 'assess' phase for enterprises with many parts of the technology 'considerably overhyped', according to Software AG.

The German enterprise software firm, in its most recent Technology Radar for IoT and Integration, explored 23 emerging technologies, around connectivity and protocols, information management, analytics and serving, and programming, hosting and operating.

Of the 23, nine were either in or bordering the 'adopt' phase,...

Tech Mahindra to run healthcare, aerospace, telecom offerings on Amazon’s managed blockchain

Technology and IT services provider Tech Mahindra is teaming up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for blockchain offerings in aerospace, telecoms, and healthcare.

The Indian company, which is an AWS Partner Network (APN) advanced consulting partner, will offer three primary solutions through the AWS Marketplace. There will be a kit management tool for aviation and aerospace, ensuring an effective track and trace process from multi-tier suppliers; a solution for OEMs in telecoms for...

John Calian, SVP, Deutsche Telekom: How blockchain brings trust to the emerging M2M economy

“Think about all of your interactions, whether it’s humans dealing with humans or humans dealing with machines,” John Calian, senior vice president and head of T-Labs at Deutsche Telekom, explains. “How do you trust things?”

The concept of trust, so central to the rise in blockchain technologies, is one where consumers are increasingly gaining power. But there is a long way to go. A report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights in September predicted...

Deutsche Telekom launches blockchain professorship at CODE University of Applied Sciences

Deutsche Telekom has joined hands with Berlin-based CODE University of Applied Sciences to create a specialised professorship, called “professorship for software engineering with a specialisation in blockchain”.

The newly created position will be led by academician Dr. Peter Ruppel, who is best known for his work into distributed systems. Ruppel started teaching the subject on 23rd, which is the first day of the new academic year. He is aiming to explore distributed ledger...

Scalable decentralised trust: The next frontier for infrastructure building

The communication and computing infrastructure we engineers have built in the past several decades has revolutionised the world economy. One of the most significant consequences of this revolution is the emergence of the digital platform economy. Indeed, while the top ten companies in the world ten years ago were dominated by companies exploiting natural resources, they are now dominated by companies that are in the business of providing a digital platform to connect producers and...

Verizon engineer job ads reveal increasing blockchain interest

Verizon's interest in blockchain technologies is readily apparent, if the telco's job board is anything to go by.

The company has five job adverts looking for blockchain developers at its sites in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia. The developers will be primarily 'responsible for designing, implementing and supporting a distributed blockchain-based network for various use cases' at Verizon.

The successful candidate's responsibilities - of which there...

KPMG, Microsoft and R3 team up for blockchain offering in telecoms

KPMG has joined hands with Microsoft, Tomia, and R3 to create a blockchain-based settlements solution for the telecommunications industry with the advent of 5G network services.

The blockchain solution will make use of smart contracts to mitigate disputes between carriers and mobile operators. These smart contracts would consist of all the important information and provide details like correct rates, destination, and bilateral deal information.

According to KPMG, the...

Swisscom’s blockchain head departs to become Crypto Valley Association president

Daniel Haudenschild, the chief executive officer of Swisscom Blockchain, has left the telecommunications provider and is taking up a new role at the Crypto Valley Association (CVA).

A press release dated January 30 confirmed Haudenschild’s departure, with Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Swisscom chief digital officer and head of digital business, taking over with immediate effect.

No reason was given by Swisscom originally as to Haudenschild’s move or any future moves....

HTC launches blockchain-based Exodus 1 phone for crypto buyers only

Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has launched its (long-awaited?) blockchain-based smartphone, Exodus 1, today (October 23). However, at present, it’s only available to pre-order using cryptocurrency. According to CNBC, the handset can be ordered at a current price of 0.15 bitcoins or 4.78 ether tokens, or about $960 (£739), and is expected to ship in December.   Security and privacy are core features of the new device; it features HTC’s own Zion cryptocurrency wallet, serving as a...

AT&T rolls out suite of blockchain solutions with Microsoft & IBM technology

The US telecoms giant AT&T announced yesterday the creation of a suite of blockchain solutions for its enterprise partners, designed to work with technology from IBM and Microsoft. According to an official press release, solutions will be available to enterprise customers to help automate and digitalise processes and better track information across multiple parties, in industries such as manufacturing, retail and healthcare. “Today, businesses are constantly looking to reduce...