Capgemini expands focus on Quantum tech, ties with IBM

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Mumbai: Capgemini has expanded its focus on Quantum Computing with technology investment and has partnered with IBM.

Capgemini on Wednesday said that it has set up a dedicated lab with a global team of Quantum technology experts. This will help the company to develop capabilities and coordinate research facilities for the advancement of Quantum technologies and exploration of their potential.

To explore Quantum Communications and Quantum Sensing, Capgemini said it has signed a pact with IBM to help clients build and maximize their engagements in the areas of Quantum Computing.

Capgemini’s Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) is led by Quantum technology experts and highly-specialist facilities in the United Kingdom, Portugal and India.

Q-Lab will coordinate research programs to develop business-driven client propositions for sectors having the scope of Quantum technologies such as life sciences, financial services, automotive and aerospace. It will also drive early experiments with clients in their quantum journeys and accelerate the building of in-house skills and capabilities.

This initiative leverages the experience of specialist technical teams within the Capgemini stable who have already built scientific and technology capabilities in quantum, through early experimentation and incubation with clients.

More so, Capgemini’s pact with IBM has helped the company become an IBM Quantum Hu, providing its clients access to a wide range of IBM’s quantum computing systems. These include IBM’s recently announced 127 qubit processor, ‘Eagle’, IBM’s quantum expertise and Qiskit, IBM’s open-source quantum information software development kit.

The pact with IBM will help Capgemini to connect with over 170 IBM Quantum Network members, including ‎Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and research labs, all working to advance ‎quantum computing and explore practical applications.

Together, the IBM Quantum team and clients are researching and exploring how quantum computing will help a ‎variety of industries and disciplines, including finance, energy, chemistry, materials science, ‎optimisation and machine learning, among many others.

The pact will facilitate Capgemini’s clients to access IBM’s licensed technology and provide them with professional services for end-to-end implementation.

“Quantum technology will disrupt the way we compute, sense, and communicate, and will create new industries and business models along the way,” Pascal Brier, Chief Innovation Officer – Capgemini and Member of the Group Executive Committee.

“The launch of our Q-lab tangibly demonstrates our ambition to bring to our clients the most innovative, breakthrough solutions, and to invest in capabilities early on so we can become the leading quantum systems integrator,” added Brier.

“Our collaboration with IBM will enable us to explore the vast potential of quantum computing, bringing to our clients the top capabilities and skills available in the market today and tomorrow,” commented Brier.

“Establishing a quantum industry will require a deep focus on expanding the quantum computing ecosystem across public and private sectors – something IBM cannot do alone,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and VP, Quantum Computing – IBM.

“By working with Capgemini, clients have even more options for hands-on expertise to develop proofs of concepts to explore the potential of quantum computing across a variety of industries and disciplines,” added Gambetta.

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