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Quantum Computing in the Workplace

Quantum computing is the next wave in technology.

The most exceptional approach to maintain technological momentum in an exponentially growing world is to embrace it proactively. Quantum computing is here and we are starting to become a super species migrating away from our current methods into the quantum realm.

In a short time, we’ll be able to solve challenging problems that require complicated calculation or modeling, improve material science by simulating complex chemistry that cannot be done by conventional methods, and bring a seismic shift to cybersecurity and cryptography.

In the next few short blogs, I would like to cover a variety of topics on how quantum computing will shape industries such as healthcare, optimization, AI, cybersecurity, etc.

Quantum Computing’s Effect

Quantum computing is no panacea, and our current methods won’t become obsolete. However, you still need to contemplate on how it will impact you and your organization.

What differentiates quantum computing from classical? The classical method is linear and deterministic when the quantum method is parallel and probabilistic (more on it in my next blog). For now, let’s look at quantum computing as the exponentially fast processing of complex problems. As you can see, the quantum approach to programming is different. It requires entirely new thinking. Even though quantum computers are 3 – 5 years away, the quantum programming approach already exists and anyone can give it a try. Below are different things your organization can do to prepare itself for quantum computing era.

  • Identify Use Cases: As an organization, you will need to start identifying how and for what purpose you will be using quantum computing. Determine the challenges you currently face and how the quantum approach will help you solve those challenges.
  • Education: You won’t change people’s minds overnight. You’ll require an innovative approach to condition teams for radical change. A gentle introduction to quantum technology should be implemented as new technology is introduced. This way your organization won’t be caught by surprise.
  • Cultivate Talent: The concept of “fake it until you make it” won’t work anymore, You really need people who know quantum theory. If your organization is currently experiencing a shortage of talent, imagine the complexity of finding subject matter experts that know advance physics and programming. Looking for talent early or developing it in the house is one way to prepare.
  • Build Relationships: It is a good idea to start building your relationship with the quantum world early. Identify and collaborate with all the players in the quantum field. Proactively reach out to developers and scientists that specialized in quantum computers, become their sponsor, inquire about the latest trends and development in the quantum fields.

I’m very passionate about the future and would like to contribute to the development of quantum computing, and I hope you are too. Let me know what some of the challenges are that organizations might face with quantum computers going mainstream. And keep an eye out for the next blog in this quantum computing series.

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Alexsander Petrenko

Alex Petrenko is a Lead Technical Consultant in Perficient's Microsoft Business Unit, where he works across multiple industries. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Data Science and the University of San Diego with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering; he is a Data Scientist with a background in Cybersecurity. Alex serves on the board of directors of a cybersecurity firm that focuses on intelligent technologies that assist organizations in implementing preventive measures and maintaining a resilient cybersecurity posture. He is also an avid blogger and athlete.

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