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 solve problems more quickly.

Although these are the early days of quantum technology, the pace of advancements has increased. A debate broke out regarding whether we’ve reached quantum superiority or not in the last six months. But it does not really matter. What matters is that if vendors show commercial success in key quantum computing use cases—e.g., annealing, adiabatic optimization, chemistry, cryptography, financial markets, machine learning, search and simulation—in the next 12–18 months, CxOs need to pay attention to the technology, platforms and players.

Enterprises are looking for holistic solutions beyond hardware, so vendors included in this list also offer related products and services that 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
  • Have available now or actively work on the next quantum platform
  • Working on quantum superiority use cases
  • At least two adjacent products, software, services or other offerings next to hardware
  • Active work on 3-5 enterprise use cases
  • At least 15 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 more than 20 solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

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

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

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

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