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What Are The Surveys Saying About Blockchain?

What Are The Surveys Saying About Blockchain?

This past Blockchain So What? Podcast, Tim Vasko and I talked about just how far perception and recognition have come in the blockchain space. The numbers in surveys are also reflected in the interest level we’re seeing in our day-to-day business. I thought that I’d highlight some of the blockchain surveys and map the results between those studies over the last year. The result is a quick view into what’s happening under our feet and the transformation of blockchain technology.

In the C-Level Blockchain Survey Graph above we’re seeing a major shift in blockchain interest and the next stage for planning, knowledge and involvement. The inverted lines represent a marketplace that is now getting engaged in the blockchain process. The most recent PWC survey showed that “84% say their organizations have at least some involvement with blockchain technology”. The recent KPMG study revealed that 41% have current plans to implement within the next 3 years, a 400% change from MBN’s 2017 study.

2017 – MBN Solutions Survey

In 2017, only 10% of UK businesses planning to implement blockchain technology said that they had the expertise to do so. The survey by MBN Solutions showed that while the appetite for blockchain is there, few executives were equipped with the skills and confidence to take a bite. According to the survey:

  • 90% of execs report a lack of skills needed to implement blockchain tech
  • 40% of non-IT/data senior executives admit to not understanding the technology and its full potential
  • “While it is encouraging that so many businesses are planning Blockchain initiatives, it’s also clear that we need to be building a better foundation of skills if we are to keep ahead of the curve,” MBN chairman Paul Forrest said in response to the results.

2018 – Gartner Survey

Later in May of 2018, research giant, Gartner revealed that while 66% of chief information officers (CIOs) recognize blockchain technology, only 22% plan on using it. The survey pointed to problems in skills acquirement, showing that in order to accommodate the hyped state of the blockchain, CIOs must work towards a deeper understanding of the technology.

  • 77% of CIOs have ‘no plans’ to implement the blockchain
  • 14% would like to use blockchain in medium to long term planning
  • 8% are looking to the blockchain for short-term implementation
  • Just 1% had the blockchain already in use

2019 – KPMG Survey

Just last year, the numbers showed an underwhelming range of adoption. This year, that is all starting to change. According to KPMG’s Technology Industry Innovation Survey: Blockchain including over 740 global leaders, 41% plan to implement blockchain within the next three years. That’s a HUGE jump in less than 10 months, that’s a jump of 292%!

Representing twelve countries, respondents revealed the following:

  • Likelihood that blockchain will shift the way your company does business in the next three years:
    Very Likely/Likely– 48%
    Neutral- 24%
    Not Likely- 27%
  • Likelihood your company will implement blockchain in the next three years:
    Very Likely/Likely- 41%
    Neutral- 31%
    Not Likely- 28%
  • Top benefits of blockchain adoption:
    Improved Business Efficiencies – 23%
    Product/Service Differentiation – 12%
    Cost Reductions – 9%
    New Business Insights from Incremental Data – 9%
  • Top challenges with blockchain adoption:
    Unproven Business Case – 24%
    Technology Complexity – 14%
    Lack of Capital to Fund New Investment – 12%

The global study also revealed which countries hold the greatest promise for blockchain disruption.According to KPMG’s Technology Industry Innovation Survey: Blockchain including over 740 global leaders, 41% plan to implement blockchain within the next three years.TWEET THIS

  • United States – 34%
  • China – 26%
  • India – 13%
  • Japan – 6%
  • United Kingdom – 6%

2019 is the year of adoption and the numbers are here to prove just that. What will happen in the next three years? Only time will tell….


Dan Gay, Chief Marketing Officer