The commercialization of quantum computers could have a real impact on our society, through the disruptive innovation they could enable.
Quantum computing represents a new phase of technological evolution. The commercialization of these new types of computers could have a real impact on our society, through the disruptive innovation they could enable. Companies must prepare to avoid missing future opportunities.
Although quantum technologies are still emerging, they present significant potential for disruption to many sectors of activity, both public and private. Early adopters should even be able to create new business models. However, those who are not interested or do so too late run a real risk to their prosperity.
Towards the era of quantum advantage
The importance of quantum technology can no longer be ignored. In short, it will allow you to carry out extremely complex tasks in just a few minutes, whereas it would take thousands, even millions of years, to complete them with traditional computers. This means that quantum units will provide answers that we would never get with even the largest supercomputers.
This technology will therefore bring unprecedented efficiency gains, whether in pharmaceutical and chemical research, in the capture of carbon dioxide, or in the optimization of energy networks and road routes. It will also promote machine learning and cybersecurity. Today we are approaching this historic milestone of achievement, which we call the “quantum advantage”.
Be part of the pioneers of quantum adoption
Some “pioneers” have already developed detailed roadmaps to be among the first to propose commercial use cases. Siemens, a leading industrial player, is studying the possibility of using quantum computing to optimize its production capabilities. Other players from different sectors are also developing applications and use cases based on this technology, such as Multiverse, a Spanish specialist in financial and energy markets.
As with anything revolutionary, adopting quantum technology requires boldness and patience. History shows that technology pioneers always make significant profits. Just look at the example of Apple, which shook the telephone market with its touch screen and the launch of the first iPhone…
Concrete use cases that are particularly interesting for verticals
According to the company BCG(1), many industry verticals are facing this paradigm shift. The potential for value creation is particularly significant in the aerospace, financial, logistics and automotive sectors, among others, with significant advances in the fields of cryptography, optimization, machine learning and data processing.
The first organizations to acquire quantum computers are universities, research institutes and supercomputing centers. Pioneering companies are now following suit. The winners of the quantum race, those who will not miss out on valuable commercial opportunities, will be those who most quickly experience it.
And while the price of being one of them may seem high, it’s actually much more affordable than you might think. The main quantum computer architectures are in fact designed in a modular way, and the capacity of the initial system can therefore be gradually increased through upgrades.
Investing in on-premises quantum computers offers several benefits, such as data security and optimal access times. With collaboration from companies and suppliers, quantum experts can help executives understand how this technology can fit into the overall business strategy. The ultimate goal is then to ensure growth and provide a true competitive advantage. If the quantum revolution is underway, it remains for companies that are still reluctant to join the bandwagon.
(1) Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Report What happens when “if” becomes “when” in quantum computing?2021.