Stack Overflow, the go-to site for developer questions, asked its audience how their organizations were using blockchain. The question received more than 48,000 responses, and 80% said their employers were not using blockchain at all. More than two thirds of developers believe blockchain is useful.
The questions formed part of Stack Overflow’s annual extensive survey on developer likes and dislikes, best known for ranking programming languages. The site has 50 million monthly users.
On the one hand, developers often won’t be privy to what’s happening in other divisions. But the sheer number of responses and the lack of agenda from Stack Overflow’s perspective adds weight to the results.
The non-currency uses of blockchain within organizations outstripped currency uses by just over 2 to 1.
While 20% may seem like a small figure, the survey wasn’t all bad news for blockchain. When it came to personal opinions about the utility of blockchain, the optimists outranked the naysayers by more than two-to-one, with more than 60,000 responses.
Almost a third (32.4%) classified the technology either as a fad or irresponsible use of resources. 29.2% cited blockchain as having the ability to “change many aspects of our lives”. 12.7% see Bitcoin type of use cases as its primary utility.
Below are other recent blockchain surveys:
Accenture: blockchain for aerospace
Boston Consulting Group: blockchain for transport and logistics
Cap Gemini blockchain survey
Deloitte blockchain survey
EY blockchain (finance and tech professionals) survey
KPMG technology industry innovation survey
PwC blockchain survey
PwC China blockchain survey
World Energy Council / PwC blockchain survey
SAP blockchain survey
TD Bank payments industry survey
BNY Mellon payments survey
Friss insurance survey
Juniper enterprise blockchain survey
BIS Central Bank Digital Currency survey
IBM / OMFIF Central Bank Digital Currency survey
ING general population cryptocurrency attitudes