Harvard Business Review

The Real Business of Blockchain with David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau

Harvard Business Review: The Real Business of Blockchain with David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau

Although blockchain is an emerging technology, companies are already using its shared and encrypted networks in transformative ways.

As blockchain becomes widely adopted, it has the potential to radically change how companies compete. Authors David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau — both of Gartner – the world renowned research and consulting company — offer tips and best practices for using blockchain-inspired solutions to solve problems such as supply chain inefficiency, payment latency, and fraud, as well as strategies for adopting more complete solutions as the technology spreads.

Case examples from companies such as Maersk, Bank of New York Mellon, Starbucks, Porsche, and McDonald’s will help members assess the challenges and risks for blockchain development and consider how they can take advantage of blockchain now, and be ready to compete in a radically reshaped competitive landscape. The Real Business of Blockchain will help readers cut through the hype and focus on the value that blockchain may unlock, and what it will take to succeed.

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About the authors

David Furlonger is a Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner, working primarily with CEOs, senior business leaders and CIOs. His research focus is as a futurist, analyzing how long-term business and technology trends strategically impact industries, governments and organizations. He is an accomplished and frequent keynote speaker with extensive international experience. In 2007 he established Gartner research on the Future of Money and blockchain and he co-leads the Gartner blockchain Center of Excellence.

Christophe Uzureau is a VP Analyst at Gartner working out of Hong Kong. He covers how blockchain and tokenization enable new assets, products and services. He advises senior business leaders on their digital strategies, taking into account technology innovations as well as customers’ behavior and bias. His research explores how technology (blockchain, big data and analytics, AI, digital platforms) represents an opportunity to generate competitive advantage by shaping traditional financial value chains. He is also responsible for covering the impact of digital financial transformation in APAC and how this influences worldwide innovation trends.