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Deloitte: 5 Hurdles for Blockchain to Enter Mainstream

Blockchain adoption barriers can be lowered significantly if five “key issues” can be addressed, according to an article published by Deloitte.

Barriers

Published on 28 September, the article titled “Blockchain and the five vectors of progress” takes a deep dive into the many issues that are stifling mass adoption of the technology. In order for progress to be made, the article recommends three areas that will “enhance technical feasibility” and two others which call for greater regulatory support and an increase of organizations formed by blockchain enterprises.

Other reports and studies from the global auditing and consulting firm have appeared rather bullish on blockchain, suggesting that businesses that do not adopt and implement the technology will be at risk of falling behind.

Furthermore, a survey that was recently conducted by Deloitte highlighted positive sentiments held by industries across the globe; it found that a vast majority of participants believed that mainstream adoption will come to fruition in the not-so-distant future.

The article somewhat counters these findings by referencing a 2018 Gartner CIO survey which found that 1% of respondent CIOs had managed to “indicate any kind of blockchain adoption”, with another 8% working on either a pilot or were in short-term planning phases.

Speed

It goes on to argue that blockchain-based systems as a transaction medium are still too slow with the number one network, Bitcoin, only able to manage up to seven transactions per second and the second largest, Ethereum, around 15.

However, massive improvements have been made, with IBM managing to run 3,500 transactions per second on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platform. Furthermore, the article highlights the push to evolve consensus mechanisms as a sign of distinct progress.

Standards

Next up is standardization; for any business without blockchain coders and developers on staff, adopting the technology is expensive and time-consuming. This is due to the overflowing number of blockchain projects that are utilizing multiple coding languages, mechanisms and protocols.

Should there be a standard in place, the field will somewhat be leveled and an increase in industry-level participants will be further made possible. The report makes note of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), who are currently working to create a standard Ethereum network software for business.

As the number of participants in the blockchain race grows, it is thought that standardization will prove valuable to collaborations, sharing of blockchain solutions, smoother integration with existing blockchains and cross-blockchain transactions among many others.

Low-cost ease of access

Blockchain solutions are complex and costly, not only to create but also to implement.

Naturally, unintuitive new technologies can ward off even the most open-minded of skeptics, though this is also changing rapidly in the face of industrial giants such as Amazon and IBM launching affordable cloud-based technology as-a-service solutions.

These new services enable companies to dramatically reduce the barriers with blockchain templates, which allow for the simple setup of a “basic blockchain infrastructure”. Ease of development is also on the list of issues presently being conquered with new tools being created by companies such as Google.

Legally sound

Regulation has been one of the hottest topics surrounding the nascent technology in 2018. Countries such as Malta, South Korea, and Switzerland are tipped as the jurisdictions that are leading the regulatory race, with Malta miles ahead of the closest competitor.

Deloitte agrees that regulation is absolutely vital to the future success of blockchain, creating appropriate classifications for cryptocurrencies, defining smart contracts as well as Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) policies being high on the order list.

The formation of “blockchain consortia” is the final vector listed as part of the Deloitte’s five critical issue areas; groups of collaborating companies who band together to promote the advancement of the technology can be a powerful catalyst for its adoption.

Like the EEA, they can establish new standards for the tech, lobby governments, develop infrastructure, educate, advise and do much more to speed up progressions with the aforementioned vectors listed.

Conclusively, the article writes:

“It’’s understandable why, despite promising pilots and experiments, executives might wonder when — and even whether — blockchain will be ready for mass adoption. But progress along these vectors is bringing the technology closer to its breakout moment every day.”

 

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Survey Reveals a Majority of Investors Are to Increase Their Crypto Holdings

A survey published by investment platform SharesPost has revealed that a majority of both consumers and accredited investors are planning to invest further in cryptocurrencies in the next twelve months.

The cryptocurrency hype appears to have been waning since the enduring bear market came into effect after the red-hot 2017 market highs. The primary discussions rapidly moved from digital assets to blockchain technology, however, this latest survey from SharesPost suggests that there is still faith in cryptocurrencies.

Positive Sentiments

The mid-year survey received 2,490 responses from consumers and 521 from “individual accredited and institutional investors”. In a display of increased interest, the report notes that the first survey conducted in early 2018 had 2,352 consumer participants and 106 from investors.

The study showed that a majority of investors (59%) and consumers (72%) planned to increase their digital asset holdings over the next year. 57 percent of investors and 66 percent of consumers are expecting crypto-values to grow over the next year.

Unsurprisingly, Bitcoin came out on top as the most owned cryptocurrency with Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin following behind, though they were favorable due to their long-term potential.

In contrast, a recent survey reports that gauged high awareness and low adoption rates of Bitcoin in the United States; the SharesPost survey found that Bitcoin is increasing in popularity, up to 78% from 48%.

In Business

On the business side of things, blockchain technology is finding footing in companies, as the report writes: “Growing number of companies are implementing Blockchain technology. 32 percent of investors and 49 percent of consumers say employers are planning to roll out Blockchain in the near future.”

In late August, Deloitte published the “2018 Global Blockchain Survey”, where it polled 1,053 companies from seven countries: Germany, China, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

These results found that 84% of these businesses believe that mainstream adoption of blockchain is a “matter of time”. For businesses, the most popular current use case of the technology are supply chain solutions (53%).

Mass-Adoption

The SharesPost report contrasts the Deloitte survey. Investors have lowered their expectations for crypto-mass adoption in 2020 down to 27% from the earlier 51%. Consumers report a drop but it’s a smaller decline which now sits at 37% from 42%. The decline in confidence could be attributed to the 50% of participants who are primarily concerned with market volatility, and 37% said security was their big issue.

Surveys in all shapes and sizes have been making the news with their numbers this year as governments, industries, and independent entities attempt to gauge the crypto or blockchain mood. Collectively, they offer a comprehensive insight into the sentiments coming from certain demographics, as standalone reports. However, they contrast massively due to their sample size and geographical location.

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Vitalik Buterin: Focus on Crypto Adoption, Not ETFs

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin Tweeted out his critique of those focusing too much on ETF approval, pointing out the accessibility of purchasing cryptocurrency should be focused on to promote ”actual adoption”.’

I think there’s too much emphasis on BTC/ETH/whatever ETFs, and not enough emphasis on making it easier for people to buy $5 to $100 in cryptocurrency via cards at corner stores. The former is better for pumping price, but the latter is much better for actual adoption.

— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) July 29, 2018

His Tweet cites specifically ”making it easier for people to buy USD 5 to USD 100 in cryptocurrency via cards at corner stores” as the more important task for the cryptocurrency community while saying ETFs would be better merely for pumping the price rather than increased adoption.

The statement received mixed reactions from the crypto-Twittersphere.

One user disagreed with the necessity of using cryptocurrencies for everyday transactions, saying that fiat currencies work perfectly well for that. Another argued that being paid in cryptocurrency would be a more effective way of spurring adoption than being able to purchase small quantities easily with fiat.

Largely, the sentiment online appeared at odds with Buterin’s statement, either championing the benefits of ETF approval or critiquing the use of cryptocurrency payments for everyday purchases and arguing this should not be its primary use.

Circle co-founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire said recently that a significant catalyst for the industry and cryptocurrency adoption has been the development of hundreds of thousands of blockchain-backed dApps, frequently created by companies that operate with their own tokenized ecosystem.

Blockchain testing has certainly helped push forward the industry in a positive light, with institutions such as NASA and Citi pursuing their own initiatives.

Will we see ETF approval?

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent clarification that neither Bitcoin nor Ethereum were securities has been welcomed by the majority of cryptocurrency users, who believe this is a positive indication that an ETF may be approved.

However, the SEC cited several issues that meant it could not approve the Winklevoss twins’ ETF proposal for the time being. These problems primarily include the threat of price manipulation of the market, hence an inability to protect investors, as well as the issue that most Bitcoin trading is done overseas with no regulatory oversight.

If the market becomes regulated to the SEC’s standards, it has said it would consider approving a Bitcoin ETF, although it seems very unlikely that standardized regulations could be adopted globally by governments. As well as this, most Bitcoin exchanges would not give the SEC all of their private information as requested, particularly the most prominent exchanges which are not based in the US.

 

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