Blockchain for Enterprise

John Watts
4:30-5:45, Lookout


Cryptocurrencies have grabbed headlines over the past few years as Bitcoin soared to over $17,000 last year and then fell below $7,000 just a few months later. There are now over 600 startups that are trying to be first movers to grab a share of the Blockchain market. Usually, where there is smoke, there is fire. So, what’s the big deal with Blockchain? This session will introduce Blockchain, the underlying technology supporting cryptocurrencies and other innovations going on around the benefits of having a distributed ledger shared on a peer to peer network that can protect against transaction tampering. We will cover some of the basics around the technology and talk about some potential use cases where enterprises might benefit by implementing a Blockchain. This will not dive deeply into the technical details and controversies about Blockchain. We will point attendees to additional resources if they want to pursue Blockchain on their own.

Presenter Bio

John started with Micron in the summer of 2006 as a Java Software Engineer and Domain Architect supporting BPMS. He currently manages teams providing services for Layered Software, Application Infrastructure, and IT Tools. Over the past 11 years, he has also held positions as an IT Process Owner and Lead Enterprise Architect for Information Security, Workplace IT, and ITSM. Before joining Micron, John lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and served as a JEE Domain Architect at Southwest Airlines, Senior Technical Consultant for Greenbrier and Russel, and a Software Developer at FedEx. John Graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Information Systems and International Business from Baylor University in Waco, TX.