While quantum computing, the final trend featured on Gartner’s top 10 trends list, may not become a reality overnight, it is well worth organizations delving into because it will change the world in the near future. In a nutshell, quantum computing “is a type of nonclassical computing that operates on the quantum state of subatomic particles.” Will quantum computers replace traditional computers? No, but they have the capability of solving complex issues that would take classical computers much longer.
According to Gartner, “superposition is what gives quantum computers speed and parallelism, meaning that these computers could theoretically work on millions of computations at once.” Superposition paired with entanglement, the process that connects qubits (bits of quantum information) “could process a massive number of possible outcomes at the same time.”
“CIOs and IT leaders should start planning for QC by increasing understanding and how it can apply to real-world business problems. Learn while the technology is still in the emerging state. Identify real-world problems where QC has potential and consider the possible impact on security,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.