Banking on Blockchain

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On October 21 Friday, Hong Kong’s TVB Pearl Money Magazine aired a feature program that looks at potential of Blockchain to transform the banking industry. In the program, Iqbal AliKhan, Strategy and Business Development Executive for the Global Payment Industry & Blockchains at IBM, was interviewed, and discussed why “permissioned” Blockchain is needed for secure transactions among banks.

The full program can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2evY15O

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信用卡積分跨行共享 實現在望

(原文於2016年10月13日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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假如有天甲銀行卡的客戶,可以換取乙銀行提供的贈品,這種情境是否很吸引?

以上景象也許很快實現。中國銀聯與IBM合作,利用區塊鏈技術 (Blockchain),開發跨行共享獎勵積分,並在9月剛舉行的上海區塊鏈國際周上即場示範。如開發順利,銀聯會員各行的紅利點,未來有機會通過交易系統轉換,對客戶更方便和吸引。

銀行信用卡積分優惠就像航空公司的免費里程,向來吸引消費者。然而一家銀行提供的換領贈品始終有限,令吸引力大打折扣。過去一家航空公司的航班有限,為此世界各地不同航空公司會合組航空聯盟,這樣給客戶選擇的航班便會大增。銀行間是否也能依樣葫蘆?

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IBM Launches Blockchain Cloud on World’s Most Secure Server

(Note: This article is a repost from here)

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New cloud environment for business-to-business networks allows companies to test performance, privacy and interoperability of blockchain ecosystems.  IBM LinuxONE underpins cloud offering to help meet stringent industry and compliance security requirements.

IBM has announced a cloud service for organizations requiring a secure environment for blockchain networks. Ideal for organizations in regulated industries, this environment allows clients to test and run blockchain projects that handle private data.

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港FinTech落後 拓「區塊鏈」加油

(原文於2016年7月25日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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財政司曾俊華最近公開表示,香港的金融科技 (Fintech) 發展較鄰近地區慢。他希望藉著監管機構、學府及第三機構的合作,加強金融業界對新興事物的認識;新興技術如區塊鏈 (Blockchain) 就是今年財政預算案中的一個重點。

區塊鏈技術簡單來說是一本公開和共享的「帳簿」,每筆交易紀錄都可由參與成員自行確認查核;由於確認的動作毋須等待可信任的中間人執行,故交易成本接近零。

各地的金融機構及初創企業都正在運用區塊鏈創新。例如,倫敦日本交易所均已和 IBM 合作,進行區塊鏈項目的測試;BNY Mellon 投資管理公司則借助區塊鏈技術去加速開發證券借貸的應用。

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Blockchain: It Really is a Big Deal

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(This article is a repost from A Smarter Planet Blog)

Over the past two decades, the Internet, cloud computing and related technologies have revolutionized many aspects of business and society. These advances have made individuals and organizations more productive, and they have enriched many people’s lives.

Yet the basic mechanics of how people and organizations forge agreements with one another and execute them have not been updated for the 21st century. In fact, with each passing generation we’ve added more middlemen, more processes, more bureaucratic checks and balances, and more layers of complexity to our formal interactions–especially financial transactions. We’re pushing old procedures through new pipes.

This apparatus–the red tape of modern society–extracts a “tax” of many billions of dollars per year on the global economy and businesses.

What can be done? One potential solution is an intriguing technology called blockchain, which is little understood outside a small fraternity of computer scientists.

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