blockchain 1As we peer into 2018, there seems to be an abundance of game-changing technologies that promise to power new waves of innovation across companies. These transformational technologies, as we refer to them at HMG Strategy, include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, multi-cloud, analytics, and edge computing.

We aren't talking about futuristic technologies that may impact businesses in five-to-ten years. For instance, a 2017 study conducted by Juniper Research found that more than half (56%) of all companies with more than 20,000 employees are either considering deploying or are in the process of implementing blockchain solutions.

HMG Strategy has remained at the forefront of these developments, having introduced Don Tapscott, the world's foremost authority on the digital age and the co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World as an executive keynote speaker at several of our 2016 Executive Leadership Summits. At these CIO leadership conferences, Tapscott has shared how blockchain technologies are poised to have profound ramifications for businesses across all industries. 

We've also published several articles on the HMG Strategy digital platform highlighting the transformational promise of blockchain. These include real-world examples of industries where blockchain networks are being ramped up, including automotive, financial services, healthcare, music, and real estate. 

"The transparency, security, and auditability of blockchain networks will have a profound impact on businesses across nearly every industry by creating verifiable, trusted business relationships between parties," said Hunter Muller, HMG Strategy's President and CEO. "As a result, blockchain networks will spawn new partner ecosystems across geographies and generate opportunities for companies to create new business models."

To further extend its commitment to transformational business technologies, HMG Strategy has also partnered with several blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) companies that offer tremendous potential for accelerating B2B relationships and tap into new markets. 

For instance, Inxeption is a blockchain-based software platform founded by a group of former Oracle executives that helps transform manufacturing companies of all kinds into online and on-demand businesses. 

"The concept behind Inxeption is to bring manufacturing customers into every aspect of the business so that manufacturers can be sure they're building exactly what customers want, as they want it, and at the right price point," said Farzad Dibachi, Inxeption CEO and Founder.

Inxeption "has created an opportunity to revolutionize manufacturing business models by cutting out the middlemen and allowing buyers to connect directly with manufacturers," said Mark Moore, the company's COO and Co-Founder.

HMG Strategy is also creating greater awareness about various industry-focused blockchain initiatives by introducing new speakers to our summits. For instance, Salim Ali is the CEO and Co-Founder of Loyakk, which provides secure, decentralized and context-aware interactions and transactions between enterprises and business partners, vendors, channels, and customers through its blockchain-based Vega Business Relationship Platform. 

Salim will be speaking at HMG Strategy's 2018 Global Innovation Summit on February 21, 2018 in Menlo Park, CA and at our 2018 CIO Summit of America on March 28, 2018 in New York, NY. 

To learn more about HMG Strategy's forward-looking approach to CIO leadership and the transformational technologies that are reshaping businesses, check out our upcoming summit schedule and our 2018 Research Agenda.