Ever since the inception of the information era, we notice
cutting edge innovations through all sectors aimed at making our day to day
life easier, wherein money transactions play a major role. Although, there are
numerous software applications and internet services which make online
transactions easier throughout the globe, we notice that moving our financial
assets from one place to another goes through a time consuming unreliable
process as it uses antiquated systems which are expensive and could endanger our assets. To solve this issue, Blockchain was
introduced to restructure business transactions and to introduce better, faster
and reliable forms which can be accessed and moderated digitally.
“Blockchain was born
to provide legitimacy to its Bitcoin master after the financial cataclysm of
2008. At its heart is a rebellious disdain for central authoritative control,
offering instead a decentralized network of self-compliance and regulation. But
the servant has become the master, offering business benefits not envisaged
during its conception. In fact, it’s nothing short of a game changer for those
who can master it.” – Steve
Treagust, Global Industry Director for Finance, HCM & Strategy.
What is a blockchain?
“The blockchain is an
incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to
record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
& Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016).
Bitcoin also known as ‘Virtual Gold’ or ‘Cryptocurrency’, is
the first decentralized form of virtual currency system that allows online money
trading without any bank or a single administration. All these transactions are
registered in a ledger that is publicly available, to ensure security and
authenticity. The technology that keeps this process functioning without any
requirement of an intermediate is the blockchain. Although, these two words
been used in the same context and are connected, they refer to two completely
How does a blockchain
Any bitcoin trade happening between two parties is
registered in a ‘Block’ comprising details like the source, destination, time
and date. A single block registers similar transactions for a span of ten
minutes depending on the specific blockchain and its configuration. These
blocks combined form a Blockchain which is a data structure used to curate and
share a ledger of all the transactions digitally. The technology facilitates
fast, secure and transparent peer-to-peer transfer of financial assets allowing
users to immediately make and validate the transactions virtually.
“As revolutionary as it sounds, Blockchain
truly is a mechanism to bring everyone to the highest degree of accountability.
No more missed transactions, human or machine errors, or even an exchange that
was not done with the consent of the parties involved. Above anything else, the
most critical area where Blockchain helps is to guarantee the validity of a
transaction by recording it not only on a main register but a connected distributed
system of registers, all of which are connected through a secure validation
– Ian Khan, TEDx Speaker | Author |
Public and Private
A decentralized platform where anyone can create and observe
transactions. Using Crypto-economic (A combination of economic incentives and
cryptographic verification), only the valid transactions are later register in
A private blockchain however, is centralized to one
organization. The system controls access and permissions and only the central
authority has the right to modify. Such a system will ensure an increase in validation
efficiency and reduction in the transactional cost.
Understanding and utilizing the blockchain technology
efficiently has proven to be very advantageous. Listed below, are the most
prominent benefits of the Blockchain as per Steve Treagust.
Commercial transparency can sometimes lead to delays in
business transactions and might cause a breakdown in relations. Blockchain
provides every detail related to the transaction unlike any other platform, to
build trust in the process leading to a stable relationship based on
Every transaction made is verified within the network using
complex cryptography. The security system used by the Blockchain can assure the
authenticity of the information ensuring secure transactions without any form
Transactions between two parties are fast and completed
without any intermediary interventions. Also, each transaction is stored in the
form of digitalized information which makes sending and moderating easy and
quick. The added ability of being able to operate on ‘smart contracts’ which
automatically triggers commercial actions based on the contract laid out, streamlines
processes and results in saving times and cost from transacting.