About this Constellation ShortList

Quantum computing describes an approach to computing using quantum mechanical phenomena such as entanglement and superposition. The goal is to apply a probabilistic model to problem solving that will exponentially solve problems more quickly.  

While these are the early days of quantum technology, the pace of advancements has increased. With quantum superiority likely happening for selected use cases, such as annealing, adiabatic optimization, cryptography, machine learning, search and simulation in the next 12-18 months, CxOs need to pay attention to the technology, platforms and players. 

As with every new technology, enterprises are looking for holistic solutions beyond hardware, so vendors included in this list also offer related products, services and offerings to accelerate enterprise adoption. These can be in the areas of platform services, programming languages, administration services, early adjacent products and more.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • A working quantum machine
  • Working on quantum superiority use cases
  • At least two adjacent products, services or offerings next to hardware
  • Active work on 2-3 enterprise use cases
  • At least 5 or more active customer/prospect conversations and/or beta/live customers 
  • Sufficient funding to remain a player at least in the early rounds of the quantum computing market

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over 20 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • D-Wave Systems 
  • Google 
  • IBM Q
  • Microsoft
  • Rigetti Computing

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed. 

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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