It turns out that building a global blockchain infrastructure, though not cheap or straightforward, is very do’ able. What was impossible to access just five years ago is now accessible from any connected laptop with the swipe of a credit card. Though admittedly, there is more to be done, the global blockchain backbone exists today and is available to anyone that wants to use or develop upon it.
But the dark horse seems to be Oracle, who have quietly yet steadily creeping up on the inside track. It started innocuously enough with the release of the Oracle Blockchain Platform in late 2018. At the time it seemed like a ‘me too’ response to SAP & IBM and went largely under the radar. But in 2019 things appear to have changed, and the foot is firmly on the accelerator with the release of Blockchain SaaS applications and a slew of accelerators and tools to quickly onboard clients.
This month we launched our first Enterprise Blockchain Market Forecast. In it, we detail how the market is shifting away from the stealthy and steady growth of Blockchain infrastructure into the world of business applications. The biggest surprise in the report is something that is hiding in plain sight, as from nothing the Enterprise Blockchain market is already in 2019, a $2.9B market, one that is set to grow to over $12B by 2024.
Though under-reported at the time, Salesforce (one of the largest enterprise software firms) made a set of announcements this year regarding Blockchain. On the surface, the announcement of a low code development tool on the Salesforce Lightning platform called unsurprisingly ‘Salesforce Blockchain’ is insignificant.