Comparative Analysis of Blockchain and Database
The purpose of this research is to perform an in-depth comparative analysis on blockchain, centralized and distributed database management system so as to aid researchers ascertain the correct application of these technologies. Most practitioners are already familiar with centralized database system which is commonly used for general purposes. The findings in this study with respect to the features of blockchain and database were put together to develop a program flowchart that provides the sequence of steps to guide researchers in making the right decision for adopting any of the listed solutions. Furthermore, it was noted that blockchain has gained much attention in most sectors including the educational sector. From the critical review of over 200 articles in Google Scholar, the study was able to analyze ten key factors and drew inference from it to produce the table that summaries the key comparison factor for adopting blockchain or database. Finally, the resolve from the flowchart and the table could serve as a guide to any researcher interested in deploying any of these technologies to quickly make the right decision on when to use blockchain, centralized or distributed database management system.
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