At Consensus 2018 on Tuesday, Deloitte announced findings from its March-April 2018 survey of 1,053 representatives of companies with annual sales of at least half a billion dollars. The companies surveyed include a wide array of industries, such as financial services, technology, and healthcare, and are based in seven countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, the UK, and the US.
Linda Pawczuk, head of the Deloitte US Financial Services Industry Blockchain group, was on hand to present some of the findings with Rob Massey of Deloitte Tax LLP.
When asked to characterize how their organizations view the relevance of blockchain technology to their businesses, 43 percent of participants said it was "critical." Relatedly, 41 percent believe their companies will launch a blockchain application within 12 months, and 34 percent already have a blockchain system in place. Even those who aren't quite ready to jump in expressed interest. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said there is a "compelling business case" for blockchain.
But while, overall, the respondents expect the technology to revolutionize the industry, many are also downplaying the potential effects, with 44 percent of surveyed American executives finding blockchain technology to be "overhyped"; 39 percent of global execs agreed.
Still, the report indicates an uptick in interest from a 2017 Deloitte survey, when 39 percent of senior executives indicated little-to-no knowledge of blockchain. Of those with knowledge, just 22 percent were working on a blockchain product and 25 percent planned to do so within 12 months.
A full report is set to be delivered later this year.