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How Do We Make Blockchain Real?

July 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How Do We Make Blockchain Real?


Blockchain is entering the next phase of adoption. Over 80% of companies have invested in the technology yet only 1 out of 10 project are live today. The question is shifting from “what is blockchain?” to “how do we make blockchain real?” In this session we will discuss with James Wester, Research Director at IDC to gain practical insights to overcome challenges you are facing and take the next best steps for your success.


Topics covered include:


  • State of blockchain
  • Collaborating with regulators
  • Overcoming governance challenges
  • Bringing together emerging technologies l
  • blockchain use cases and predictions for the future

Pramod Achanta
VP Blockchain Services, North America

Pramod provides strategic advice and execution support on Blockchain technologies to leading Financial Services participants. Pramod is also responsible for developing innovative solutions leveraging IBM’s blockchain and cognitive capabilities for the Financial Services industry.

Pramod is a proven leader with a successful track record of delivering complex solutions in a fast paced business environment. With his in-depth understanding of the business and technology challenges for sell-side, buy-side and market infrastructure firms, Pramod managed several transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining IBM, Pramod worked for Capco, BearingPoint and Citigroup and its affiliates performing various senior roles.

Pramod received MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Engineering from BITS, Pilani in India.


James Wester
Research Director, Worldwide Blockchain Strategies

James Wester is Research Director, Worldwide Blockchain Strategies. His cross-industry practice covers the emerging distributed ledger and blockchain technologies. Mr. Wester’s core research examines the technologies, architectures and concepts behind blockchain and how they will be potentially revolutionary for financial services, manufacturing, energy, government and healthcare. Reports include models to understand how blockchain works, industry use cases, vendor strategies in delivering blockchain services and the evolution of regulations regarding the technology.