Financial institutions are expected to spend over $1bn on blockchain projects in 2017, making it one of the fastest developing enterprise software markets of all time according to a report by Magister Advisors. Much has been made of the blockchain, the name given to the underlying technology of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, yet these systems are not new. SWIFT Institute took the opportunity to speak to two leading thinkers in the area of shared distributed ledger systems: Michael Mainelli, co-founder and Chairman of the commercial think-tank Z/Yen and Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, London, and Leda Glyptis, newly appointed Director at Sapient based in London, focused on providing digital business transformation consulting services.
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