Igor Pejic (pictured) from BNP Paribas has just written a well-received book on blockchain and how it will affect industries of all types and sizes. He will be talking about this at the Managed Services and Hosting Summit Europe next month in Amsterdam.
He has discussed it with John Garratt, Editor of IT Europa who asked him about the impact of blockchain in IT generally and how it relates to areas such as managed services. You can hear his comments as an MP3 which is also downloadable here.
“Blockchain is a different way of handling databases; it originated in the financial sector, but it is equally important in all kinds of industries. We have seen it in supply chains, in anywhere where you need a proof of identity,” he says.
“In managed services, blockchain is still a very nascent technology. There has been a lot of development and in the last year or so there has been a lot of new interest in cloud, offering blockchain as a service, which allows smaller companies to simply scale it in the way the business needs it, or rent a blockchain access without a high capital expenditure. It is very similar to the software-as-a-service model.”
The companies offering this in a major way are Google, IBM and Amazon, so this has implications for every type of industry, vertical and market.
In the next year or so, we will see more influence from these data giants.
The second podcast is by Jonathan Simnett, from technology M&A experts Hampleton Partners, who is also speaking at the European Managed Services and Hosting Summit on May 23 in Amsterdam.