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. Quantum computing is such a radical new way of computing that it needs software to be rewritten to take advantage of the platform.

Therefore, it is key to get enterprises and developers to learn how to build quantum applications early. Not surprisingly, many of the vendors covered in this Constellation ShortList are actively working with higher-education institutions to get their respective platforms, tools and processes taught to students early in their academic careers.

Quantum computing at the moment is most promising for the use cases of annealing, adiabatic optimization, chemistry, cryptography, financial markets, machine learning, search and simulation in the next 12–18 months. Unsurprisingly, the vendor focus is on enabling these.

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, cloud services, programming languages, QA/testing, administration services, early adjacent products and more.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • A working product that enables quantum computing
  • Available now
  • Working actively on accelerating popular quantum computing use cases
  • Active relationships with two or more quantum computing hardware vendors (unless it is also a quantum computing hardware vendor)
  • At least 20 or more active customer/prospect conversations and/or beta/lice 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.

  • 1QBit
  • Atos
  • AWS
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • QC Ware
  • Rigetti Computing (with QxBranch)
  • Strangeworks
  • Zapata 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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