Blockchain

Blockchain (a shared, immutable ledger for recording the history of transactions) first caught the world's attention when it appeared as a platform for securely and efficiently sharing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin among anonymous users on public networks.

Today, the technology is generating intense interest for use in a variety of industries and domains ranging from banking, finance, and insurance to healthcare, government, retail, and manufacturing.

Organizations are now using Blockchain technology to develop a new breed of transactional business applications designed to embed trust, transparency, efficiency, and accountability into the process of sharing and transferring a broad range of assets in a business network. Business Blockchains are not just limited to currencies; assets ranging from equipment, warranties, and artwork to healthcare records and shipping data can now be shared, exchanged, or transferred via a Blockchain network more efficiently, with greater collaboration and less risk to shareholders, than is customary using traditional practices.

But what is the status of Blockchain efforts within organizations and what are their plans for developing Blockchains in the near future? What do organizations see as the potential for Blockchains to disrupt their industry? And what issues do organizations see as hampering their efforts to use Blockchain technology?

To answer these and other questions, we are conducting a confidential survey on how organizations are adopting—or planning to adopt—Blockchain technology. We also seek to identify important issues and other considerations organizations are encountering or foresee encountering in their efforts.
 
Please be assured that all answers will be kept confidential.

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* 1. Depending on the size of your company, you may want to respond to the questions in this survey for the whole enterprise or for a specific division. To which of the following will your answers apply?

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* 2. Is your organization currently implementing—or does it plan to implement—Blockchain technology?

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* 3. To what extent is your organization currently using Blockchain technology?

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* 4. Has your organization established a dedicated group to support a Blockchain initiative?

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* 5. Has your organization developed a budget for its Blockchain efforts?

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* 6. When do you expect your organization to develop a budget for its Blockchain efforts?

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* 7. What is/will be the source of funding for your organization's current/future Blockchain initiatives?

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* 8. What is/will be the budget for Blockchain?

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* 9. What benefits specific to your organization/industry do you hope to obtain from using Blockchains? (Please select all that apply.)

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* 10. Do you think that Blockchain technology will dramatically disrupt the industry or line of business that your company or organization operates in?

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* 11. What is your organization's most innovative Blockchain initiative? What specific task does this initiative address? Please briefly describe this initiative.

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* 12. Who is taking/will take the lead on your organization's Blockchain initiative(s)?

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* 13. Why was the group you indicated chosen to oversee your Blockchain initiative?

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* 14. In which industries and domains do you see Blockchains having the most significant impact? (Please select all that apply.)

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* 15. Which use cases do you see as most viable for applying Blockchains?(Please select all that apply.)

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* 16. What are the biggest adoption challenges to your organization's efforts to utilize Blockchains? (Please select all that apply.)

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* 17. Does your organization currently use open-source Blockchain technology (e.g., Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project) for its Blockchain effort, or are you using a solution from a commercial Blockchain solutions provider?

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* 18. Is your organization designing or planning to design and implement its Blockchain applications in house, or will you utilize outside consulting firms specializing in Blockchain implementation?

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* 19. What level of importance do you attach to the development of industry standards and practices for supporting Blockchain platforms, applications, and commercial products?

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* 20. Do you have any other thoughts on Blockchain, whether in general or pertaining to your organization's initiatives?

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* 21. I would like to interview you to gain a more in-depth awareness of your opinions on Blockchain. All identifying information for interviewees will be kept confidential. Would you be willing to be interviewed?

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* 22. Do you foresee the benefits of Blockchain as eventually living up to all the hype?

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* 23. Which of the following best describes your company or organization?

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* 24. How would you best describe your company (or division, if you are completing the survey for your division only)?

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* 25. Does your company sell or license software, hardware, or services for implementing Blockchain technology and applications?

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* 26. In which region is your organization headquartered or based?

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* 27. How would you classify the size of your company by number of employees (or division if you are completing the survey for your division)?

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* 28. How many IT professionals work in your organization (or division if answering for your division only)?

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* 29. What are your organization's approximate annual revenues in U.S. dollars (or division if you are completing this survey for your division)?

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* 30. What is your organization's approximate annual IT budget? (in U.S. dollars)

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* 31. Which of the following titles best fits your job description?

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