The initial buzz about blockchain appears to be quieting a bit and we're starting to move to thoughtful experimentation and results evaluation. The changes have the potential to be dramatic (per the buzz), but they must be driven by the business need, not because of the 'cool tech.'
Here are 8 different government business needs where experiments using blockchain appear to be showing promise in delivering better services to citizens.
While many of these use cases are still nascent, they are the closest to demonstrating some level of maturity and offer government CIOs a tangible opportunity to start small and scale up. Importantly, when applying blockchain to these scenarios, the focus should be on the desired business outcome rather than the technology. Governments need to take time to explore blockchain in a structured and objective way, seeking out the use cases that are most relevant.