An Omdia survey of quantum computing adopters signals is good news for vendors
Quantum computing and its immense power sounds great, in theory – it has the potential to revolutionise the way we interact with each other and the world around us. Yet even the most optimistic outlooks for the applications of quantum technologies are yet to factor in home or personal use… until now. Will the household names in the personal computer space be the victors in this burgeoning market? Considering how much Apple products already cost, just how prohibitively priced will home quantum computers be?
The road to develop consumer-grade quantum technologies will be challenging for vendors; fortitude and strong finances will win out, no doubt, but are we ready for a new digital future, and what are the real-world applications of home quantum computing? The jury’s out on how we’ll actually use enhanced processing power in our day-to-day, but Omdia’s new Quantum Computing Adopter Survey provides hope, insight and answers to those pulling the pursestrings.
Omdia describes the findings as, “a collection of data and analysis from a survey administers in April 2023, to 271 commercial adopters of quantum technology.” These companies are headquartered in China, Germany and the US, and the survey focuses on adopter preferences and activities. Omdia specialises in technology research, and they exist to advance and amplify business’ market presence in the sector.
According to the survey, commercial adopters of quantum computing are willing to invest significantly to explore potential uses for such technology, and 50% of those surveyed reported their organisations had committed $1-5 million in annual budget.
Can home quantum computers be a reality?
Of the companies quizzed by Omdia, vendors were the first port of call (it makes sense that their outlook would be rosey – it’s in their best interests) but academic researchers, conference attendees, those in the media and webinar users were also surveyed. However, respondents are worried about the lack of requisite “internal expertise” needed to harness these incredibly powerful computers. Is the technology simply too complex? Another factor to consider is that it just hasn’t reached maturity yet. Sam Lucero, Omdia’s chief analyst for quantum computing, however, is mindful of the bigger picture.
“Vendors have a prime opportunity to work closely with adopters as these customers explore how QC technology can positively impact their businesses.”
– Sam Lucero, Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing at Omdia
Lucero’s comments on the survey hint at a cart-before-the-horse approach for those looking to make real money out of quantum tech. “[Vendors] co-developing applications with their customers can not only help address gaps in customers’ own internal expertise, but dramatically deepen relationships between vendor and customer as well.” Home quantum computers seem a ways off, but it’s a verdant time for vendors – now is the time to establish the theory and the promise of quantum tech to end users.
The reality might be on the distant horizon, but as per Omdia’s research, we know it’s looking bright.
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Find out more about the radical advancements in quantum tech here: Quantum Leap: The Evolution of Quantum Computing Hardware and Software.