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The business world is approaching a moment akin to the mainframe’s entrance into the modern office, except this time it’s the emergence of quantum computers.

The exciting thing about quantum computers is that they work fundamentally differently from today’s computers. A classical computer makes use of bits to process information, where each bit represents either a one or a zero. In contrast, a quantum computer makes use of quantum bits, or qubits, where each can represent a one, a zero, or both at once, which is known as superposition. This property along with other quantum effects enable quantum computers to perform certain calculations vastly faster than classical computers.

Quantum computers have the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s most powerful supercomputers. IBM Research scientists have already shown through rigorous research potential “quantum advantages” for applications in chemistry, optimization, machine learning, and other fields.

Here at IBM, we believe that in the foreseeable future quantum computing won’t replace classical computers, but will work in concert with them, propelling new opportunities across industries. Following AI and blockchain, quantum computing will potentially provide the next powerful set of technology services for business delivered via the cloud.

Quantum computers are still in development, but we believe the first commercial use cases will emerge in the next few years. Rapid progress is already being made every day to bring quantum out of the lab and into the world by scientists and experts around the globe, including my colleagues working on IBM Q, an industry-first initiative to build commercial universal quantum computers for business and science.

Just like businesses that quickly adopted the mainframe, the quantum ready organizations will have an advantage in potentially applying this radically new computing technology to today’s unsolvable computing challenges.

Bring quantum into your business

I’m proud to share that today, IBM announced the IBM Q Network and IBM Q Consulting.

The IBM Q Network is a worldwide collaboration of leading Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications.

As part of IBM Q Consulting, we’re bringing together consultants, scientists and industry experts to help clients realize new business value through the application of quantum computing technology, and deliver customized roadmaps to help them become quantum ready.

We invite you to join us for a strategic consulting engagement featuring an interactive workshop to help chart your path to quantum computing adoption. This experience will offer access to leading business and quantum computing experts to help you:

  • Understand what quantum computing is and how your business can benefit from this fundamentally new computing technology
  • Identify business areas in enterprises where quantum computing can offer strategic advantages
  • Quantify potential business value when applying quantum computing solutions
  • Develop forward thinking roadmaps, including strategic and actionable next steps

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Try out quantum computing for free

If you’re new to quantum computing and want to learn more, we encourage you to explore our educational resources to get up to speed on quantum basics. Once you’re ready to dig deeper, visit the IBM Q Experience, where you can create and run algorithms on a small quantum computer for free. Our cloud-based platform lets you learn, research, and interact with a real quantum computer built by IBM Q.


Terry Hickey

Global Leader – Watson AI and Quantum Computing

IBM Services



VP, GBS Global Leader, Watson AI and Quantum Computing

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