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This course examines the fundamentals of Blockchain as it relates to business – what it is, why it is useful, and how it is changing the financial services landscape.

By now nearly everyone has heard of Bitcoin. What most people don’t realize, though, is that while Bitcoin itself may be a long way from gaining popular appeal, the technology underlying it is already being used by major companies across the economy, and even the US government is experimenting with it. That technology is called Blockchain and it's useful for securely recording, moving, and storing financial information of all types. From IBM to JPMorgan, many major companies are exploring how Blockchain can be used in their business.

A recent Harvard Business Review article explored the uses and imapacts of Blockchain and concluded that the technology had myriad applications in the economy.

***Please download and open all supporting materials before starting the course videos.***

Learning Objectives


  • Discover what blockchains are and recognize how they are useful

  • Explore the basics of using blockchains in a corporate financial system including their applications

  • Recognize how blockchains work

  • Discover the limitations on blockchains and recognize the risks they entail

  • Explore a diagram of the movement and transfer of financial assets using a blockchain process versus a conventional technique

  • Discover the emerging areas of Blockchain and recognize what trends businesses should keep an eye on going forward.


Last updated/reviewed: December 19, 2017

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Expert Certifications:

15 CoursesCDAP (Certified Data Analyst Professional)

  1. The Fundamentals of Business Intelligence (BI): What it Does and Why it's so Essential
  2. How is Industry Using Big Data? – A Case Study Reading
  3. Business Intelligence - Data Collection and Cleaning
  4. Business Intelligence - Structuring Data for Analysis
  5. Business Intelligence - Fundamentals of Data Analysis
  6. Business Intelligence - Using Big Data Analytics
  7. Doing Data Analytics In Excel (Hands-on module)
  8. Regressions in Excel (Hands-on module)
  9. Financial Forecasting
  10. Advanced Analytics – Omitted Variables
  11. Advanced Analytics – Fixed Effects
  12. Case Study in Data Analytics
  13. Using Regressions for Forecasting
  14. Financial Forecasting in Excel (Hands-on module)
  15. Blockchain for Business

39 Reviews (219 ratings)Reviews

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Blockchain is a very complex technology to understand...at least for me. I was very pleased with the somewhat simple explanation of how blockchain works and how it may apply in my industry of accounting.
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Anonymous Author
Tough topic for novices. I'm not sure the instructor was able to bring it far enough down to my level.
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I liked the content. As someone who struggles with how to define this technology, this was helpful.
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this is a very complex topic for someone that is not in IT. this is extremely informative and necessary as Blockchain is going to arrive and its applications will be widely applied. seems in short term the application will be limited to the financial industry
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Even though I've been working with Blockchain and Crypto for a while, this was a pretty solid overview of Blockchain and corresponding technology, cryptocurrencies, and use cases. I did like some of the creative use cases towards the end.
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Member's Profile
Great for teaching key terminology associated with Block Chain technology, clarifying the general processing of the technology, how it can be applied to various businesses and describing some of the barriers to wide-spread use.
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Anonymous Author
Blockchain has been a topic of discussion in professional publications and widely discussed in the finance industry. This is a great overview of the technology and how it can be used.
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Anonymous Author
This course was very interesting. It provides further insight into what BC is. The application part is interesting as the each industry can have unique applications
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Anonymous Author
Cryptocurrency has always been an area of confusion to me - this course was excellent at explaining the basics of bitcoin etc - and i actually learned a lot.
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Anonymous Author
Good course - but I still don't feel like I would be able to explain bitcoin or blockchain to someone if I was asked. But I do get a general idea.
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Member's Profile
This was a very informative course. The speaker explained the topic clearly. I can now say I understand better what bitcoins and blockchain are.
4
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I think it's a widely held belief that in order to be considered smart just throw the word bitcoin around. I think I can hang in there now.
5
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Course provide a very good overview of block chan and its potential uses and the mechanics behind so non tech people could understand it
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Anonymous Author
This course had enough detail to explain blockchains without getting too complex. He used good analogies to help explain the concepts.
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Anonymous Author
The course was a great overview of the history, current status, and potential future applications of block chain and cryptocurrency.
5
Member's Profile
Michael was very easy to understand and his delivery made it enjoyable to learn about the importance of blockchain.
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Anonymous Author
It is a lot of information and a tad overwhelming, but it covers a decent amount of ground on a difficult topic.
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Member's Profile
Blockchain is quite complex, and while there is still a lot to digest, this section provided a good overview
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Anonymous Author
Bitcoin is very interesting and tying it back in with blockchain and use within business is interesting.
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It was great to learn what Blockchain means. I'm surprise there's no one human who can make updates.
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Anonymous Author
The challenges before block chain technology can be effectively utilized in business was eye-opening.
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Anonymous Author
Still very academic and theoretical. would like to see a common real example to explain concepts
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Great course, especially for those who are new to blockchain. The Wikipedia analogy was helpful.
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Interesting topic with good explanation of a new technology and potential uses in business.
5
Anonymous Author
This was a very interesting course. Blockchain was a mystery to me prior to this session.
5
Anonymous Author
Loved the in-depth analysis and theoretical application of blockchain in business today.
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Anonymous Author
Overview of blockchain was helpful, as well as the associated supporting materials
5
Member's Profile
This course took the mystery out of block chain. I highly recommend this course.
5
Member's Profile
One of the more concise basic walkthroughs of crypto I've seen. Would recommend.
4
Member's Profile
very detailed and helped me better understand the value of blockchain technology
5
Anonymous Author
Decent overview of blockchain technological backbone and its applications
4
Member's Profile
Great course. Explained a complex topic very well. Highly recommended
5
Anonymous Author
Excellent overview of Blockchain and applications for business use.
5
Member's Profile
Good overview of the blockchain technology and how it's used.
4
Member's Profile
Thanks for putting the course together. It was very helpful.
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Anonymous Author
This was a good discussion of bitcoin and new currencies
5
Anonymous Author
This was a very helpful course to understand blockchain.
5
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Everything about this course was absolutely fantastic.
4
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this was a good introduction to blockchain technology.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  00:44Introduction to Blockchain for Business: From Bitcoin to Quarterly Reconciliation Processes
  6:45Blockchain
  14:28Digital Currencies
  12:55Blockchain and "Wallets"
  7:37Blockchain Mechanics
  8:06Blockchain and Contracts
  14:46Blockchain Applications
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  1:05:21Blockchain for Business: From Bitcoin to Quarterly Reconciliation Processes
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Blockchain for Business
  PDFBlockchain for Business Glossary/Index
  PDFBlockchain Appendix 1
  PDFBlockchain Appendix 2
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM