Q-CTRL looks to make businesses ‘quantum ready’

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Q-CTRL, a specialist in developing useful quantum technologies through quantum control infrastructure software, has released Black Opal Enterprise, an expanded version of its learning platform designed to help businesses adopt and use quantum computing.

Black Opal Enterprise is a comprehensive and interactive enterprise-ready quantum computing education platform which includes user management, tracking, analytics, and co-branding. Its launch follows the release of Black Opal for individual users in April 2022.

Q-CTRL’s first Black Opal Enterprise customers include quantum computing provider IonQ, as well as soon-to-be-announced Big Four consultancies, a Fortune 500 petrochemicals company, a military unit in Australia, and a government research centre in the UK.

Black Opal has been designed to be an intuitive, visual, and highly interactive platform that will make it easier to learn about quantum computing, whatever the individual or business’s background.

“Black Opal lowers barriers to understanding quantum computing for businesses and organisations building quantum-ready teams and empowered customers” said Mick Conroy, Q-CTRL’s Product Manager for Black Opal. “In our customer engagement - and even in my own journey learning quantum computing on the job - we discovered how powerful building the right visual tools with enterprise functionality could be.”

The demand for people with technical expertise is even more acute in the quantum industry, and employees are demanding customised training, training that Black Opal Enterprise looks to provide, according to Q-CTRL. Companies are using the platform to train new hires and long-time employees.

Black Opal Enterprise features include:

  • Co-branded user-experience pages
  • Seat licensing structure with account management and administrative functions delivering flexibility for changing learner cohorts
  • Detailed usage analytics to ensure learning cohorts are tracking against goals
  • Recognition of accomplishment with co-branded completion badges and digital learning certificates
  • Dedicated customer support forum and access to experts

Quantum computing is expected to transform the world by allowing users to solve problems previously considered impossible from developing new fuels and more efficient batteries to improving risk management and operational efficiencies. The Boston Consulting Group estimates the potential impact at up to $850 billion per year.