CGI started its blockchain practice in 2015 and identified blockchain as one of the key technologies in its global emerging technologies portfolio. It has experienced massive growth since last year in targeted industries of BFSI, healthcare, utilities, and the public sector.
Since 2016-17, it has been aggressively involved in educating about blockchain by conducting a set of blockchain programs. Now, in addition to the blockchain education, it is engaged in full-service partnerships with its enterprise clients.
With a platform and technology-agnostic approach, it has a strong portfolio of IPs and assets. With its trade finance platform, Trade360, it has been a successful trade finance technology partner for various banks, including Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
It has emphasized expanding its blockchain ecosystem through various partnerships that not only involve start-ups such as CyberStratus and NuBorders, but also platform providers such as Ripple and Corda.
Investments and Innovation
CGI has established 11 innovation centers and labs around the globe and continues to invest strategically in developing and delivering IPs. With the advent of GDPR, it has built 2 GDPR-compliant IPs: Boxchain and Data360. In addition to asset development, half of its planned investments is allotted for human capital development. It has collaborated with educational institutions, labs, non-profit organizations, and partner companies such as R3, Ripple, DAH, etc., to hire talent.
It is actively looking for inorganic investment opportunities under its “Build and Buy” strategy. Blockchain capabilities are one of the many evaluation factors in its global M&A targeting process.
Embracing the blockchain, CGI has a lot of thought leadership content on its website in the form of blog posts and white papers focused on trade finance, blockchain storage requirements, blockchain energy consumption, and government blockchain.
It continues to collaborate with different platform providers and banks to build trade finance applications. In 2017, it created a PoC by integrating its trade finance platform Trade 360 with Skuchain, a blockchain platform to enable 19 banks to provide trade finance services. It has also collaborated with R3 and 13 global banks to build a trade finance application on the Corda platform.
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