KPMG International and Microsoft Corp. have announced the launch of joint ‘Blockchain Nodes’, their new innovation workspaces. The first two are in Frankfurt and Singapore, with future plans for a location in New York.
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“The Blockchain Nodes will play a critical role in identifying new applications and use cases that blockchain can address,” said Eamonn Maguire, Global and US Leader for KPMG’s Digital Ledger Services. “They will enable us to work directly with clients to discover and test ideas based on market insights, creating and implementing prototype solutions that use this innovative technology.”
“Together with KPMG’s experience in successfully transforming business models, we are pursuing innovative applications of blockchain technology that will help our customers worldwide achieve their strategic goals,” said Marley Gray, Principal Architect Program Manager, Azure Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft. “The global availability of our Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the hybrid cloud architecture, and multi-tiered security address the specific compliance requirements of clients and help accelerate the use case process.”
Jens Rassloff, KPMG’s Global Head of Alliances, added, “The Blockchain Nodes and the Microsoft alliance enable fresh approaches to solving clients’ complex issues as well as opening the door to new opportunities. We are also inviting the start-up ecosystem to participate in use case development, which will help enable a greater range of solutions for the challenges blockchain implementation presents for financial institutions and other industry players.”