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Blockchain for Automation: Assessing and Seizing the Opportunity

Posted March 11, 2019 in Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies, Data Analytics & Digital Technologies Cutter Business Technology Journal
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Thomas Costello and Phil Laplante focus on the use of blockchain technology in automation appli­­­cations. Following a brief outline of the benefits of using blockchain technology, they discuss blockchain’s potential to provide transformational improvements in business process automation (BPA) in several industry sectors. They also highlight how blockchain could improve trust in, and the dependability of, BPA and examine the challenges in practical implementation of blockchain technology. Furthermore, they present a set of customizable questions to help implementers decide whether a business process is suitable for, and can benefit from, a blockchain implementation.

About The Author
Thomas Costello
Thomas Costello is CEO of UpStreme, a business technology management consultancy specializing in project delivery, software engineering, resilience/continuity/risk, and project rescues and offering capabilities in emerging technologies like blockchain and digital transformation. With more than 35 years’ IT experience, he provides technical and business management consulting to corporate CxOs, government agencies, politicians, boards of directors… Read More
Phil Laplante
Phil Laplante is Professor of Software and Systems Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and a visiting computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working on issues related to the Internet of Things and blockchain. Previously, he was a software development professional, technology executive, college president, and entrepreneur. Dr. Laplante has worked in avionics, computer-aided design, and software… Read More
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