IBM has been settling real cross-border payments in the South Pacific on a blockchain using Stellar's Lumen cryptocurrency.
The two enterprise blockchain heavyweights join a diverse group of partners, ranging from other big corporates (Microsoft, Accenture) to startups.
Four major banks have joined a trade finance initiative launched late last year by Switzerland-based UBS and tech giant IBM.
One of China's "Big Four" banks is close to launching a blockchain application for the insurance and banking sectors.
IBM is building its blockchain work over a growing number of locations and employees, and Marie Wieck ties it all together.
IBM is joining a consortium effort that seeks to conceive how blockchain payments could help power autonomous vehicles.
IBM has launched an educational initiative, partnering with 1,000 universities in an effort to fill the many industry positions currently vacant.
The enterprise-facing Hyperledger Fabric blockchain now has its own accelerator, one backed by a notable venture investor.
A new consortium being spearheaded by IBM is seeking to use blockchain to improve global food safety – and cut costs for suppliers.
A major port operator in Singapore has inked a deal to work with IBM and a regional shipping firm to test a new blockchain-based supply chain network.