In the Foundations in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies course we explored how blockchain technology is enabling business partners to participate in the exchange of assets in a fast and secure manner, without the need for a centralized, controlling authority. We learned that blockchain technology is much more than simply another payment system. It’s an entirely new way that computers are being leveraged to enable people and organizations to transact directly, without the need for centralized authorities.

Since the first bitcoin block was mined in 2009, blockchain uses have evolved far beyond cryptocurrencies. Today, distributed ledger technology is being used for just about any type of value transfers from energy trading to ride sharing to land transfer. Governments are embracing blockchain technology to boost innovation and collaboration. Health care institutions are implementing blockchain solutions to protect patient and clinical trial data. In manufacturing and transportation, blockchains are being leveraged to connect logistics managers across the globe and foster flexible new supply chains.

In this course, we’ll examine use cases for distributed ledger technology. We’ll explore how businesses are leveraging this technology to create value, reduce costs and realize various efficiencies. We’ll also learn how to distinguish between different types of blockchains and, at a high level, how to evaluate whether a particular blockchain solution is suitable for a given use case.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline innovative distributed ledger technology projects across industries
  • Distinguish between major categories of blockchain technology, such as public (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum) and permissioned (e.g., IBM’s Fabric) blockchains
  • Provide examples of how businesses with various budgets could leverage distributed ledger technology to foster various efficiencies


Financial professionals and business leaders across industries who are unfamiliar with blockchain technology and are interested in a general introduction.