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Deloitte, a multinational professional services network, recently published the results of its survey, which shows that 40% of executives in the technology, media, and telecom sectors want to invest millions of dollars into blockchain research programs and development.

Deloitte, one of the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms, reportedly surveyed 1,050 executives from seven different countries including the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom. 180 of the executives who participated in the financial advisory firm’s blockchain survey occupy key roles in various telecom and IT-related companies.

Not Ready For “Primetime”
Commenting on the current state of blockchain development and adoption, the report’s authors noted that “while blockchain is not quite ready for primetime, it is getting closer to its breakout moment every day.” Moreover, the survey’s findings revealed that executives who have “excellent-to-expert” knowledge about distributed ledger technology (DLT) “looked poised to make some major moves over the next year.”

Notably, 59 percent of Deloitte’s survey respondents believe that blockchain technology has the potential to “disrupt” their industry. Also, 29 percent of those surveyed said they were actively participating in a “blockchain consortium.”

These DLT groups are growing fast, according to Deloitte, as the accounting firm had reported last year that,

“A growing number of companies that are seeking to develop and deploy business solutions based on blockchain technology are pursuing their goals as part of a consortium, which is a group of companies that join together, typically to set standards to enable the development of new infrastructures.”

“Adequate Funding, Robust Governance” Required
Deloitte had also noted however, that “adequate funding, robust governance, and commitment from key companies are critical” for blockchain consortia to be successful, particularly in the financial technology sector.

Significantly, 84 percent of the tax and accounting firm’s respondents “believe that blockchain will broadly scale and reach mainstream adoption.” Meanwhile, 41 percent of those surveyed said their companies were soon planning to launch blockchain-based systems, and 34 percent of respondents revealed that their companies were currently working on developing a blockchain-based project.

Importantly, not all the executives surveyed by Deloitte were enthusiastic about blockchain, as 39 percent of respondents said that it was “overhyped.” US-based executives surveyed were even more skeptical about blockchain technology, as 44 percent thought it was “overhyped.”

High Volatility Of Blockchain-Based Tokens
The report’s authors include Deloitte’s managing director David Schatsky, the company’s head of blockchain efforts and US financial services, Linda Pawczuk, and the company’s tax partner, Rob Massey. According to their findings and analysis, the main reason some of the executives may have been critical of the new technology, or thought it was overhyped, is the highly volatile nature of the increasing number of crypto tokens issued through blockchain-based platforms.

As CryptoGlobe recently reported, renowned economist Dr. Nouriel Roubini has expressed some of the most critical views regarding blockchain technology. Roubini, who accurately predicted the 2008 Financial Crisis, recently said that, “A peer-to-peer distributed public ledger is total nonsense.”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) advisor had also previous called blockchain a “glorified spreadsheet.”

James Preston is the Executive Editor of Global Crypto. He is a writer and media commentator who has been reporting on how the Tech industry will make the world a better place for 14 years, with a large following on South African radio. He is an early adopter of Bitcoin, and began reporting on its revolutionary capabilities in late 2014. Philosophical by nature, he is intrigued by how the world works, and in turn, how it can be bettered. James believes wholeheartedly that the world can become as close to perfect as we humans can imagine, but it will take a lot of effort (and time) to get there. He believes his life purpose is to inspire people to believe this, and find their place in helping humanity achieve it. James regularly does talks on emerging technology and its impact on society at Universities, global conferences, and events. To invite him to speak at your event, or comment for your media outlet, email