Inside IBM’s blockchain empire: a breakdown of the mission so far

Quick Take

  • IBM Blockchain General Manager Marie Wieck discusses why IBM has doubled down on DLT, investing in a wide sweep of projects
  • Wieck says blockchain offers the “greatest benefits” in supply chain management (hint: it involves instant mash potato)
  • She also shared the company’s global lobbying efforts, recently prompting the State of Arkansas to introduce a new bill, and working closely with the UAE on blockchain adoption

Nestle; Volkswagen; Walmart; just three of the major brands that have signed up to IBM’s blockchain experiment, now nearly five years old.

Relatively speaking, it’s ancient, “Big Blue” having been the first tech giant to comprehensively commit to the thrills of distributed ledger technology (DLT), proving resistant to the hype cycles and the corporate naysayers.