Among the most significant technological developments to capture the attention of finance executives is blockchain. From an operational perspective, blockchain appeals to finance leaders because of its transparency in generating a distributed ledger over a peer-to-peer computer network, as well as its accuracy in representing transactions, each of which participants need to validate and cannot change upon adding them to the ledger.
But what most excites finance executives about blockchain is that it can slash the time their companies require to complete transactions, such as transfers of funds or shares, from days to seconds, while optimizing and even opening up new sources of liquidity. During this Webcast, we will reveal:
- What blockchain is, and how finance teams can use it to their companies' advantage,
- First steps finance leaders should take to assess their companies' readiness to introduce blockchain,
- Risks companies are most likely to encounter with implementing blockchain, and how finance leaders can mitigate these risks, and
- What the future of blockchain looks like, and what finance leaders can do now to prepare their companies for it.
About the Panelists
Alex-Paul Manders, Blockchain Advisory Services Lead, Information Services Group (ISG)
Alex-Paul Manders leads ISG's Blockchain Advisory Services line. A prominent thought leader in the areas of blockchain and Internet of Things, he is often quoted in mainstream technology and business media, and is a guest lecturer on blockchain at the University of Texas. In addition, Alex-Paul writes prolifically on blockchain and other relevant topics, and has represented ISG in more than 40 leadership articles featured in leading publications. Alex-Paul has delivered client engagements in the media, telecommunications, financial services, energy, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries.
Peter Upapong, Blockchain Global Lead and Director, EPM, ERP, and Analytics Transformation, The Hackett Group
Mr. Upapong heads The Hackett Group's effort to advise companies seeking to unlock the capabilities of blockchain and other emerging technologies. For more than a decade, he has led large IT and finance transformations; process reengineering projects; end-to-end enterprise performance management (EPM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems implementations; and analytics improvement strategies for large, global organizations. Before joining The Hackett Group, Mr. Upapong worked for an international bank, where he oversaw a cross-functional IT and finance team responsible for managing strategic IT business cases and investment planning.
Mark Duske, Senior Director, The Hackett Group
Mark Duske is the technical lead in The Hackett Group's effort to advise companies seeking to unlock the capabilities of blockchain and related technologies. He has more than ten years of experience with the complete software development life cycle of both on-premise and cloud-based software, and he has participated in large enterprise resource management projects. Always involved and up to date with the latest technological trends, Mr. Duske has accumulated more than 15 technology certifications that encompass security, software development, cloud architecture, and project management.
About the Moderator
Joe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Finance Channel, Argyle Executive Forum
In his role as finance channel editorial director with Argyle Executive Forum, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing virtual events on topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.