Q&A: Cloud, freedom from legacy IT can spur blockchain in Africa

Anthony Butler, IBM's leader and CTO for blockchain services in Africa and Middle East, highlights how the distributed ledger technology is transforming multiple industries.

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Blockchain technology has already had an impact on diverse industries and has begun to demonstrate how it can improve operational efficiencies particularly for the small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) so crucial to the growth of emerging markets, according to Anthony Butler, the leader and chief technology officer for IBM's Blockchain Services business in Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Butler – a prolific innovator with multiple patent filings in cloud, mobile technologies, blockchain, analytics, and security – leads a multinational team of consultants, architects, and developers to help clients and consortiums leverage blockchain technology.

In this edited Q&E, he talks about how emerging technology like blockchain is within the grasp of developing countries, what sorts of skills are needed for blockchain projects, and how the distributed ledger technology will shape enterprise business processes in the future.

IBM has been working on blockchain technology for many years and has been developing blockchain-based global trade solutions for industrial supply chains. Why did your company chose to explore such a complex vertical?

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Anthony Butler is IBM's leader and CTO for blockchain services in Africa and Middle East.

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