Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is still a nascent technology. Yet early applications are coming sooner than you think. BCG helps companies develop their strategies, skills, and ecosystems—and prepare to reap the rewards.

Quantum computing’s giant-leap moment is still years down the road, but this technology is showing promising rewards—drug discovery, climate change, and finance are just some of the areas that can benefit from early advances. Businesses that start planning now can establish a first-mover advantage.

That’s because quantum computing—which leverages quantum physics to perform complex calculations at tremendous speed—can solve problems that are impossible or impractical for classical computers.

We help companies consider where, and how, they can apply quantum advantage—use cases in which quantum computing, even in its nascent form, can tackle problems faster and better than transistor-based computers. It can be a competitive advantage, too—for companies that set the stage for success.

Jean-François Bobier
Partner & Director

Quantum Computing Applications

While we expect quantum advantage to be a reality by 2023 to 2025, we help companies identify the opportunities they can seize in the early going—as well as those that lay further ahead. And it’s not just about the commercial applications of quantum computing. We also uncover uses that can deliver important social impact.

Some of the most promising use cases for quantum computing are:

Advancing Pharma R&D

Improving Speed and Accuracy in Finance

Combating Climate Change


Our Approach to Quantum Computing Consulting

As quantum technology emerges from the lab, companies can turn innovation into impact by identifying—and delivering—practical applications. But quantum computing is not a plug-and-play technology. Companies will need time, and a plan, to build the necessary skills and navigate new resources.

Our quantum computing consultants are well versed in the intricacies of deep tech—novel technologies that tackle substantial scientific challenges, require long-term development, and involve a large and diverse ecosystem. We take a multipronged approach to helping companies realize the benefits of quantum computing.

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