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Blockchain technology has moved through a rapid sequence of claim, counterclaim, hype, and disappointment, but the promise it holds in delivering significant cost savings through improved automation and operational efficiency have driven development efforts that look set to deliver.


  • The debate about the technology is over, and some parts of the industry are close to adopting it as a core structural component. The how and why of that change is explored in this in-depth report.
  • The reality is that some parts of the financial value chain are suited to distributed ledger, and some are not. The reasons lie in the nature of the technology and the structure of those markets.
  • Understanding those dynamics is key, for both financial institutions and the vendors that support them, to developing a viable strategy on the subject.

Features and Benefits

  • Examines the nuances that drive the debate, explains why they matter, and explores why there are so many misunderstandings on the subject.
  • Learn why capital markets are moving faster than other sectors in adopting the technology, and what changes this will bring to market structures.

Key questions answered

  • Why is it important to forget about Bitcoin to understand the potential benefits of ledger technology?
  • What are the implications of distributed ledger for institutions' IT structures and how should vendors address these changes?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Market focus

  • Ledger technology in financial services is removed from Bitcoin

Business focus

  • An ecosystem is emerging

Technology focus

  • FIs are moving from exploration to exploitation
  • In the near term, ledgers will augment existing processes
  • Formidable obstacles still need to be overcome


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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