Richard J Self

Senior Lecturer in Governance and Analytics

University of Derby


Blockchain Applications, Developments and Testing

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technologies of 2017 and 2018, with the Gartner Hype Curve for Emerging Technologies for 12017 suggesting that we are between 5 and 10 years from enterprise use of the technologies.
There is a very large number of start-up companies around the world attracting large sums of investor money, some using Initial Coin Offerings, others using consortia of banks and other industry sector players to fund development of demonstrators of their ideas.
Whilst some of the developments are using enterprise quality development processes but many others are not.
This presentation will:
1)   Outline the basics of Blockchain and Smart Contract technology and some important consequences of the concepts for the software testing profession
2)   Identify and evaluate some interesting use cases
3)   Identify some of the critical issues that will need to be resolved before businesses will be able to trust and gain value from the technology, whether using the Public or Private Blockchains.
Richard has taken a leading role in the field of Governance in the Department of Electronics, Computing and Maths at the University of Derby. He has used the principles of Governance in teaching Big Data, Analytics and Blockchain over the last few years. Each year, his final year students research and critically evaluate some element of new, leading edge technologies against governance principles. In 2018 they have researched and critically evaluated Blockchain Applications with some very important conclusions.
Before he worked at the University of Derby, Richard lead a range of IT related projects at Rolls-Royce Aerospace which provided an strong background in requirements’ capture and the testing of major enterprise systems.
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