Blockchain and the Future of the Maritime Industry

Blockchain and the Future of the Maritime Industry

Many people think of Nasdaq as just a stock exchange, but we are also a large provider of technology to other marketplaces, banks, and brokers across the globe. With years of experience in the financial industry, we are now seeing how our technology can be utilized in other industries besides capital markets. The maritime industry specifically interests us because of the highly valuable ways we can apply our knowledge and competence from finance into the maritime business.

After several days at the Smart Digital Ports of the Future Conference, I’ve seen a positive conversation around using blockchain in the maritime sector and the digitalization of the ports. There is good work going on in the maritime business, and the next step is to figure out how we can easily help reach optimal efficiency for the industry through collaboration and support on the blockchain.

Ports and terminals can be linked through one single source of data, the blockchain record, ensuring clear communication and preventing disputes and allowing for a more efficient way to match supply and demand. Think of it like this: People want to transport something, and there are transports available– The blockchain allows them to receive a much more efficient and accurate way of price discovery, so the buyer and seller can meet in the fairest and easiest way for both parties.

Blockchain technology can help the shipping industry reach maximal operational efficiency. Once we have the golden source of data and an organized marketplace, the industry will benefit from more trustworthy communication and a streamlined way to match buyers and sellers at the best price. In addition, blockchain can help connect all parties involved in a transaction throughout the whole lifecycle of a shipment, providing increased transparency, reliability and tracking.

Nasdaq has applied blockchain technology to a number of other industries with success. For example, in the advertising industry, we created a market to issue and trade ad space on the blockchain as well as settle and arrange the payments. In the healthcare industry, we’ve worked more with data, arranging how to efficiently search for a data set across the industry and see who you’d like to buy the data from. This could be applied to the shipping industry, searching data between different ports. Additionally, in the agriculture industry, we are using blockchain to settle contracts and ensure delivery matching buyers and sellers of grain.

Ultimately, Nasdaq seeks to partner with new markets outside of the financial sector that we see could greatly benefit from using blockchain as a digital immutable ledger to store proof of all events in the value chain, and the maritime industry is one of our key interests to helping reach maximal operational efficiency.

2020 sets the stage for a decade of unprecedented changes. 2020 has been a year that saw the speed of change increase by factors no one could have expected back in January. Businesses pivoted literally from one day to the next like never before. Organizations set aside hesitations and made bold decisions focusing on innovative technologies and strategies to respond to the crisis. Having done it all year to ensure survival, we expect to see businesses continue to move fast and implement decisions at lightning speed.

According to a research lead by Gartner showed that organizations are moving many IT automation technologies from evaluation to deployment as they prepare to respond to the rapid pace of digitalization. In 2020, 45% of all IT automation technologies are in deployment with the remaining 55% in pilot.

IDC’s research says 65% of global GDP will be digitalized by 2022, driving $6.8 trillion of IT  spending from 2020 to 2023.

So what will we see in 2021? Globant has created the report ‘Predictions 2021: An explosive mix of innovative technology and new business models’. In this report, Globant’s top executives weigh in with their predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, based on thousands of hours of work and constant discussions with our clients around the world.

These are:

  • There will be a surge in new, ingenious, and transformative business models.
  • Creating a high-performance work culture will require new skills and tools.
  • Powerful, holistic experiences will differentiate those businesses that survive and thrive, and those that die.
  • The rise of resilient, yet adaptive, organizations.
  • Businesses will shift to hyper automation and adopt tools to dramatically accelerate software development.

We hope these predictions will provide you with insights and ideas to build the foundation for long-term success.

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The Benefits of Fintech technology for your company



1.  What is Fintech

The  term Fintech  is a neologism that comes from the contraction of the English words  finance  and  technology . Initially, it refers to technology startups that take advantage of the most modern technologies to create innovative digital financial services. By extension, the term Fintech is also applied to describe these financial services.

The  Fintech  is a revolution of the customer experience, in some cases creating entirely new services and other improving or disrupcionando existing ones. Fintech services are aimed at end customers, whether they are individuals, professionals or companies, without intermediaries.

2. Advantages of Fintech

Depending on the type of financial technological product that is used in a company, the benefits can be one or the other. But, in general, we can define several advantages that are often repeated in all fields related to fintech:

  • Savings:  faster and more automated procedures improve business efficiency. An efficiency that translates, specifically in the case of finance, into financial savings. But we must also not lose sight of saving time in an era where gold is more than ever.
  • Flexibility:  a concept 100% applicable to Fintech. This type of technology builds new, more agile workflows. Therefore, they allow you to save data, carry out operations through alternative financing and much more; where and when you want.
  • Transparency:  through this technology applied to finance, the company can manage in a transparent and fast way. In this way, Fintech becomes synonymous with business transparency.
  • Efficiency:  financial technology is and makes us more efficient. Automation is  a great specialization since it offers very specific services . Thus, its high degree has an impact on a high level of efficiency and quality of services, as well as a quick and agile response. According to a study that we see collected in the “ I  Captio & ASSET Fintech Report  : Spanish companies as users of  fintech ”, of the reasons why companies in our country invest in fintech solutions  They emphasize efficiency and better time management. Thus, for finance professionals, the main advantage of using technology over finance is, for 54.6%, to  achieve more efficient processes or management for their company . Saving time (50.9%) and immediacy (41.7%) are some of the most common reasons.
  • Analysis:  the use of this type of technology improves the analysis of processes, with more detailed information and data. In general, then, significant competitive advantages can be achieved over competitors who do not use this type of services or platforms.
  • Better internationality:   Often, the rigidity of the traditional financial sector makes it difficult or slower to manage between different countries. The business world in general, and Spanish in particular, is much more global than some of these traditional companies are prepared to manage. Emerging companies related to  financial technology , despite being relatively small and young companies tend to be more prepared in this regard. They understand well the needs related to the internationalization of companies and offer more flexibility and better related solutions.

The fintech sector   ( finance  +  technology )  is booming. More and more companies around the world are choosing to use these products and services.

Do Spanish companies know the term  fintech ? Are you adapting to this new paradigm of finance? What advantages does it bring them?

In this free report we reveal the current panorama of Spanish companies as fintech applicants and users  .

This report has been produced with the collaboration of: 

3. Infographic: Past vs Future of Business Finance

The financial sector is experiencing a true paradigm shift with the appearance of new solutions based on technological advances.

4. Regulation

In order to boost the sector, the European Parliament approved the DSP2 payment directive in 2015, the effects of which are already noticeable in Spain and thanks to which it is possible to pay for tickets to concerts and events on the mobile bill.

In addition to European legislation, the Spanish one is also moving towards a new regulation of the fintech sector  , although at a forced march. In May 2017, the public consultation period for the future payment services law ended and for which companies are asking for much greater flexibility, similar to that of the Anglo-Saxon countries. In fact, the system preferred by the experts is the British one, which has developed  a test system or  sandbox  in which  companies can test their innovative business models without being subject to the usual control measures  .

However, the  sandbox  would not be completely deregulated, since it is necessary to establish certain levels of security and solvency criteria that avoid fraud and generate distrust in the sector. For these reasons, the new law should set standards for the selection of  startups  capable of operating in the  sandbox , in addition to the time period in which fintech companies   can enjoy this special area, as well as the obligations to which they would be subject. .