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Quantum Computing: From Theory to Reality By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Two important announcements over the last few weeks underscore the progress quantum computing is making

The word quantum often portends New Age mumbo-jumbo, in spite of the fact that quantum mechanics underlies many of today’s most important technologies, including lasers and the semiconductors found in every computer chip.

Nevertheless, today quantum computing is becoming a reality. And while it may look to the layperson like mere mumbo-jumbo, in reality of the technology has largely moved out of the theoretical stage, as recent news indicates.

In fact, two important announcements over the last few weeks underscore the progress quantum computing is making.

The D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer (source: D-Wave Systems).

The D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer (source: D-Wave Systems).

First, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada-based D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the latest generation of their D-Wave 2X quantum computer.

Second, semiconductor behemoth Intel announced a $50 million investment in a collaborative relationship with Netherlands-based Delft University to advance quantum computing technology.

D-Wave Systems, in fact, has been working on quantum computing for several years now. “Over the last 10 years there has been a considerable amount of investment, enthusiasm, and research around the potential of quantum computing,” according to D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell. “In the last sixteen years there have been 25 generations of processors.”

Quantum computers like the ones from D-Wave Systems are especially well-suited for solving complex problems that feature many independent variables, like Monte Carlo simulations (useful for stock market and other business predictions), drug development, materials research, and cryptography.

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2015/09/04/quantum-computing-from-theory-to-reality/.

Intellyx advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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