Download: Beginner's guide to blockchain

It has been called a technology so unique that it could interrupt our digital lives in ways not seen since the advent of the Internet. Supply chains. Banking. Contracts Real estate investments. Food supplies. Even personal identities.

Everyone could see radical changes in the next few years, if companies move with intelligence and do not expect blockchain to do things for which it can not (or was not designed).

And yet, exactly what this distributed ledger technology is, and exactly what it can do for business, feels more like a search for the Odyssey . Is it mainly aimed at financial services and cryptocurrencies? Or it can really be used in a wide variety of industries. (IBM, SAP, Microsoft and a host of other reputable technology firms hope it's the latest).

With all the hype floating around, it is difficult to separate what is real (and possible) and what is not. So we have created this special report (in an enhanced PDF format) to help you.

This collection of five in-depth stories will leave you with a detailed understanding of blockchain, the potential it offers and the pitfalls that could slow widespread adoption, or derail it altogether.

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