Zapata Computing’s Second Annual Global Survey Shows Strong Progress For Quantum Computing In The Enterprise Market

By Patrick Moorhead - January 27, 2023
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Last year, Zapata Computing, a quantum software company, commissioned one of the year's most insightful and valuable quantum computing surveys. The survey revealed how and when company executives planned to integrate quantum computing into their businesses, as well as their opinions about the technology and its vendors. You can find our analysis of last year’s survey here.

Now Zapata has released the findings from its equally valuable Second Annual Report on Enterprise Quantum Computing Adoption.

Zapata partners with a wide range of companies to develop agnostic quantum software for industries such as chemistry, finance, logistics, pharmaceuticals, engineering and materials. Zapata could have sold the survey results or kept them for proprietary use. Instead, it chose to share the results with the entire ecosystem as a free download on its website.

Scope of the survey

The report provides clear, helpful information on global business executive perspectives regarding various topics related to the future of quantum technology, including budgeting, expectations and planning.

The survey was carried out in the last quarter of 2022 to gather insights from 300 key decision makers, including CIOs, CTOs and other executives at the vice president level or higher. It targeted large international companies with projected annual revenues of more than $250 million and computing budgets exceeding $1 million in 2022. Survey participants were selected from three regions—North America (U.S. and Canada), EMEA (U.K., France and Germany) and APAC (Japan, China, India and Australia)—with 100 respondents from each region.

The report provides details for the top ten survey takeaways:

  • Whether quantum is being used for competitive advantage
  • A look at enterprises committing more than $1 million to quantum
  • Expectations driving quantum adoption
  • Tactical issues of quantum adoption
  • Whether quantum adoption is on pace with AI adoption
  • The top emerging quantum use cases
  • How enterprises value quantum vendors
  • How strong vendor lock-in concerns are
  • Whether integration is an obstacle to adoption
  • How big of a threat post-quantum cybersecurity is

Enterprise executives “get it” 

My message about quantum computing has been consistent. Even though quantum certainly has the potential to solve problems beyond the capabilities of classical computing, it has yet to become a mature technology. Integrating it into a company's infrastructure is important, but it will take significant time, effort and training.

I was encouraged by the survey data and particularly by this quote in the Zapata survey summary: “The results support our hypothesis that the vast majority of global enterprises understand the value—and disruptions—that quantum computing is expected to bring, with 70% of respondents citing better performance and business results as their top motivation for adoption. They also understand that implementing quantum into their existing stack is a long, complex process that requires action sooner rather than later.”

Recent developments in quantum computer hardware and software are indications that the technology is on track to impact enterprise operations significantly. That makes it even more critical for companies to leverage their gains and continue planning for the eventual integration of quantum computing.

Dive deeper into the latest developments

Here are a few recent developments not specifically related to the Zapata survey that reinforce the strategic importance of quantum computing for enterprises. We have written about all of these, so I’m including links for each of them.

  • IBM released its quantum roadmap showing it will have a quantum computer with over 1,000 qubits within a few years. After implementing necessary hardware and software improvements, it will begin planning to integrate quantum computing with classical supercomputers.
  • Atom Computing, a relatively new quantum startup, is pioneering using neutral atoms for quantum computing. It can potentially use lasers and other technologies to scale up a quantum computer with a million qubits in a space one-fourth the size of a sugar cube.
  • Quantinuum, which makes fully integrated quantum hardware and software, recently published exciting breakthrough research on advanced quantum error correction, one of the biggest obstacles facing quantum computing.
  • IonQ recently acquired a company with the technology and resources that will allow it to network its quantum processors together to achieve its scaling goals several years ahead of schedule.

If you want a better grasp of where quantum computing is headed, I encourage you to read these articles in light of the eye-opening findings from the Zapata survey, which can be downloaded from here on Zapata’s website.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.