Blockchain + Salesforce signal new maturity for distributed ledgers

Blockchain is an emerging technology still very much in the infancy stages.

It has potential, but many are so caught up in the hype and story of Bitcoin, Etherum and R3 that they are unaware of the maturity happening in other market segments.

I recently was worked with leading HR firm, Mason Frank, specializing in Salesforce professionals to scope out the trends emerging into 2017. We came away with some great points on where the market is headed and I'm excited about the opportunities I see in the year ahead.

2016 was a year of learning for me. I saw new opportunities and capabilities emerge in Facebook for Business, Salesforce and Fintech's much hyped blockchain.

What many forget is that blockchain is an emerging technology and it is still very much in the infancy stages. It has potential, but many are so caught up in the hype and story of Bitcoin, Etherum and R3 that they are unaware of the maturity happening in other market segments.

I recently graduated from a fintech management program at MIT. The blockchain has had a lot of undue hype (ahem…R3) as many developers overlook blockchain's demands on processing power and data quality. A couple of groups are now testing a blend of blockchain, AI and smart contracts in the B2B Force.com developer platform, several of my former classmates are now working on this. 

It should be worth watching blockchain for new B2B payments and banking solutions built inside the Salesforce platform emerge as early as late 2017. 

Are you a developer interested in the interface between Salesforce and fintech such as blockchain? Reach out! I want to hear from you.

Here is a Facebook Live video of business technology trends I am watching for in 2017.

Looking at innovation trends in digital disruption for 2017