Several other organizations have published survey’s gauging senior executive quantum awareness and their activity in creating quantum programs within their own company. This survey is a little different from the others because it focusses on senior executives in the UK. Consulting firm EY (also known as Ernst & Young Global Limited) and the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) surveyed 501 executives to understand the executes assessment of the impact of quantum and what actions their organizations plan on taking to get involved with it over the next few years. Note that the 501 executives were selected from an initial number of 1516 people who were approached because these executives indicated they indicated they already had a moderate or high-level understanding of quantum technology. So, we caution that the absolute percentages quoted below may not be representative of UK industry as a whole, but the overall trends that came out of the survey are still interesting and worth looking over.
The survey found that the 81% of the respondents expect quantum computing to disrupt their industry by 2030. However, currently only a little more than 25% have appointed an executive to lead their quantum efforts, with a total of 71% planning on doing so within the next two years. About 33% of the respondents have already started or plan to start within the next two years strategic planning efforts on how they will use quantum technology, with another 39% planning to start doing so in 3-5 years. Advanced manufacturing firms appear to be the farthest along in these efforts with 56% of them already working on the planning and 52% currently in the process of establishing a pilot team. A key concern that came out of the survey was the disconnect between the number of respondents who felt quantum would have an impact relatively quickly versus those who have already started a pilot effort. Many people believe there will be a first mover advantage for those who start early in their efforts to incorporate quantum technology into their operations and that those who procrastinate will be left behind.
June 26, 2022