Blockchain Trends – 2018

Stephen Holmes
CTO, Virtusa xLabs

One of 2018’s key developments will be the expansion of blockchain into several new environments that will force companies to react. First, we’ll see blockchain quietly being deployed into production at many banks – there will be less fanfare as we are no longer at the start of the ‘hype’ cycle.

Second, there will be consortiums formed in the industry to tackle the issue of blockchain standards for specific areas of banking, such as trade finance or cross-border payments.

Last, we can expect to see nation-states – Russia and China in particular – creating their own cryptocurrencies based on blockchain. They’ve been looking for a while at the possibility of trading commodities such as oil and gas in currencies other than the dollar because this removes the need to comply with US regulators. Blockchain offers a clear path to achieving that goal.

The article was originally published on Electronic Payments International and is reposted here by permission.

Stephen Holmes CTO, Virtusa xLabs Stephen Holmes is Virtusa xLab’s CTO. He investigates the application of core technologies in solving digital banking challenges, including Blockchain technologies and smart contracts.

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