An updated quantum roadmap, a major SAP migration and partnerships aimed at shrinking the skills gap in cybersecurity were among the biggest announcements during this year’s IBM Think conference.
The Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant held its annual Think conference online and with a small physical presence in Boston as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has spoken at length about his company’s investments in the quantum computing race. Under his watch, in 2021 IBM deployed the Eagle 127-Qubit system, the first quantum chip that breaks the 100-qubit barrier.
In Krishna’s annual letter to shareholders published earlier this year, he said that IBM delivered operational quantum computers to Japan and Germany and is on track for a 1,000-qubit processor by the end of 2023. The company also has long-term partnerships with universities, governments and hospitals to develop quantum-based applications.
In the summer, Krishna said that quantum computing will “unlock hundreds of billions of dollars of value for our clients by the end of the decade,” he said.
“Quantum is an area of incredible promise,” he said.
Meanwhile, IBM and Germany-based SAP have been deepening their partnership, with IBM announcing its new premium supplier designation for Rise with SAP in February. IBM also unveiled its “Breakthrough with IBM for Rise with SAP” portfolio of consulting services meant to help accelerate customers’ move to SAP S/4Hana Cloud.
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