More than a quarter of enterprises now evaluating or using blockchain, paving the way for the channel to take advantage of early deployment plans.

More than a quarter of enterprises are now evaluating or using blockchain in the global marketplace, paving the way for the channel to take advantage of early deployment plans.

Although fewer than three per cent have any production applications, 28 per cent of organisations are experimenting with the digital currency at present.

According to 451 Research, 20 per cent of businesses surveyed are using blockchain in a discovery or evaluation phase, while four per cent are currently running trials or pilots.

Delving deeper, two per cent are in test and development environments, a further two per cent are undertaking initial implementations of production applications and less than one per cent have broad implementation of production applications.

“Blockchain will do for transactions what the Internet has done for information,” 451 Research senior analyst Csilla Zsigri observed.

“It promises to disrupt business models and entire industries. It allows for increased trust and efficiency, and is pushing us to challenge how we define and exchange value and reward participation.”

While adoption levels currently remain low, channel partners appear well positioned to capitalise on increased customer interest levels, coupled with added implementation complexities.

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