This IDC study summarizes the experiences of five IT end users experimenting with or using quantum computing today. IDC performed in-depth interviews (IDIs) with these end users, all of whom will remain anonymous. Industries represented by these interviewees include chemical and petroleum, biotech, transportation, and financial services. This document discusses the end users' business and technical drivers of investments into cloud-based quantum computing technologies, use cases and problems are being addressed with this technology, current experiences, challenges, and expectations and future plans for the quantum technology.

"Quantum computing is the future industry and infrastructure disruptor for organizations looking to use large amounts of data, AI, and machine learning to accelerate real-time business intelligence and innovate product development, and many organizations — from many industries — are already experimenting with its potential," said Heather West, senior research analysts, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technology at IDC. "Quantum computing technologies are already available from a number of established vendors, start-ups, independent software vendors, and industry and academic partnerships. IDC expects that by 2023, more than a quarter of the Fortune Global 500 will have gained competitive advantage in quantum technologies."


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Quantum Computing Strategies 2019

Companies Covered

IBM, Intel Corporation, D-Wave Systems Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corporation

Regions Covered


Topics Covered

Cloud-based partners, Cognitive/artificial intelligence


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