Blockchain is attempting to recover from a considerable disservice—the rise and descent of cryptocurrency (as of this writing). At Bitcoin’s zenith, so much hype was generated by the financial world that its real value was obscured. And as cryptocurrencies have retreated, some pundits wrote off blockchain with guilt by association. That’s unfortunate, because blockchain provides something truly new in IT technology—an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions in a verifiable and permanent way. Moreover, blockchain—like cloud, containers, and software defined infrastructure—needs to be part of real IT conversations, not just noisy buzzing from the HODL crowd.
Blockchain offers truly beneficial advantages in many industries, even as financial services put it through early production use cases. These range from cross-border payments and share trading, to smart contracts and identity management.
However, despite endless industry hype for its potential, research by SolarWinds “IT Trends Report: The Intersection of Hype and Performance,” revealed that just 8% of IT professionals surveyed were prepared to hail it as the most important technology to an IT organisation’s strategy today. What’s more, this number only increased to 15% when IT professionals were asked the most important technologies for digital transformation over the next three to five years.
However, the results from the C-suite told a different story. In fact, the survey exposed a disconnect between the business leaders charged with setting the company’s vision and the IT professionals tasked with executing that vision. Where the C-suite considers artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning to be key important elements of digital transformation, IT professionals are looking toward the technology and processes that underpin continuous integration and delivery—which ultimately enable enhanced performance and digital experience in today’s environments. Let’s dig into those a little deeper.
Cloud at the core
It comes as no surprise that cloud computing and hybrid

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