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Five Ways CIOs Can Get Involved in Quantum Computing

By IQT News posted 05 Nov 2020

(ZDNet) Getting started with quantum computing is not easy. Here are the first steps that decision makers can take now to kick-start their business’s quantum experiment.
1. Work out the relevant use cases for your business. Business leaders need to develop a roadmap of potential use cases that reflect how value can be captured both in the short and the long term. A good idea is to identify spaces that currently require a lot of high-performance and complex computing, and lay out the tasks that might benefit from quantum capabilities.
2. Start building your quantum workforce. One of the keys to deploying quantum technology is access to quantum-trained staff. Securing and retaining talent should be a priority. This can be done, for example, via partnerships with universities and specialised consultancies, but also by upskilling existing staff.
3. Know your way around the quantum ecosystem. do the research to make sure that they know, even before they start browsing, what technology stack and capabilities they will need to solve industry problems. From there, it will be easier to figure out who the right partners are and how those partners can ensure that experiments move at speed and scale.
4. Adopt a flexible set of tools and technologies. Multiple options already exist, it might also be a good idea to diversify the sources of hardware, while always keeping an eye on emerging players that might come up with innovative solutions. Recent months, for example, have seen promising silicon-based photonic developers looking at brand-new ways of manufacturing universal quantum computers.
5. 5. Don’t set the bar too high. Businesses should engage with the technology with an eye to being first in line to reap benefits when a large-scale quantum computer is ready.

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