A recent Cambridge University study estimates between 2.9 million and 5.8 million people now use cryptocurrency wallets worldwide in 2017. There are also more than 100,000 merchants, including giants like Microsoft, Paypal, DISH Network, Intuit, and Overstock, who trust bitcoin enough to accept it as a means of payment. And there is nothing amazing here: using cryptocurrency in business means lower transaction fees, high-speed processing and complete elimination of fraud. However, most companies are still unable to use it for intercorporate settlements — cryptocurrency transactions involve anonymity, which has nothing to do with taxation and accounting of organizations.
Easy-to-use and legally
binding smart contracts
Smart contracts are a great cost-saving tool for business, since they significantly cut accounting costs, raise trust between counterparties and eliminate human factor errors. According to a recent Accenture research, published at the beginning of 2017, investment banks alone could save up to $12 billion per year by adopting blockchain and smart contracts. But still, most small and medium businesses are unable to implement smart contracts due to their expensiveness and technological complexity. To address this issue, iEthereum will provide corporate smart contracts templates, which will cut the cost of their implementation from today's approximate of $5,000-7,000 (just have a look at blockchain developers’ salaries and take into consideration that coding and proper security testing of a smart contract requires many working hours of a qualified professional) to roughly $100-500 per contract by removing the need to actually program them and make its creation genuinely easy even for users with no technical skills.
Lack of proper legislative base in the field seems to be the most significant challenge preventing smart contracts and cryptocurrencies from wider adoption. According to the data from Bitlegal, which tracks evolving regulatory landscape of blockchain technologies around the world, at the moment there are only 62 countries explicitly allowing their usage, but even there smart contracts are not regulated by clear, widely-adopted and well-known rules. In practice, it means that if you have signed a smart contract with your business partner, and you are dissatisfied with some of his actions, there are virtually no means for you to uphold your rights, as the contract is performed automatically and there are no courts or some regulatory bodies at all.