Blockchain for the Enterprise – Leveraging Bitcoin Technology for Strategic Business Value

Wednesday, December 11

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Future is Now

Ravi Subramaniam
US Public Markets Leader for Blockchain, IBM

Blockchain is the technology underpinning Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. However Bitcoin is just one implementation of Blockchain. It can be used and configured for many other applications across various industries. It has a tremendous potential to reduce the time required to complete business processes and transactions involving multiple disparate organizations, ultimately leading to reduced costs of operation while also promoting trust and security with cryptography.

This session will provide an introduction to Blockchain technology and related information, which will be useful for your considerations for adopting this technology at your Organization. The following topics will be covered:

  • What is Blockchain? (Introduction and overview)
  • Types of Blockchain Networks
  • Example Use Cases
  • Considerations for Selecting Use Cases for Blockchain implementation
  • Brief introduction and overview of Hyperledger, the open source technology for Blockchain and IBM’s offerings in this regard.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the key concepts and terms that are generally used when discussing the topic of Blockchain.
  2. Gain an idea of where a Blockchain technology could be leveraged in their sphere of influence.
  3. Differentiate between the types of Blockchain Networks.



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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central