Ally partners with Microsoft Azure to prepare quantum computing-ready workforce

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US fintech Ally Financial will collaborate with Microsoft on Azure Quantum solutions to develop quantum computing skills and explore how new algorithms and future quantum hardware could improve customer experience. With claims that the industry is reaching the limits of classical computing, quantum computing has become an attractive proposition. A quantum computer can perform calculations based on the probability of an object's state before it is measured - instead of just 1s or 0s and process more data compared to their traditional counterparts. Ally is collaborating with Microsoft as part of its Enterprise Acceleration Program (EAP) to resolve optimisation issues, as well as utilise available, rich data to support financial services professionals make better decisions, learn why a customer may contact a...

How to prepare your firm for the quantum computer revolution

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• The impact of quantum computing on internet security will be so great we must start planning now. • Its exponentially higher processing power will render widely used cryptography obsolete. • 'Security agility' – crypto agility – is a key concept in being quantum-ready. Strategic thinking has enabled many of mankind’s greatest successes. But when some leaps are just too big for a single bound, or seem too far into the future, strategic acting – incremental, consistent decision-making consistent with a long-term vision – can serve as an enabler for future success. While an operationally viable quantum computer seems beyond the horizon to most, the steps needed to prepare for its inevitability are indeed within sight. We need more advanced planning in cyberspace to prepare for the impact of quantum computing,...

Gamers prepare for cloud computing power-up

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Halo 2 was the video game that became a game changer. Released in 2004, it connected players across the world at the click of a button, allowing users of Microsoft’s Xbox console to voice chat, play different game modes or even challenge complete strangers.Today, game developers are tantalisingly close to another watershed moment: the advent of “cloud gaming”. Thanks to improvements in telecommunications and data storage, significant computing power is no longer required on a local device; instead, games can be streamed from a data centre directly to a smartphone.For the 2.7bn active gamers worldwide, cloud services like these promise unfettered access to thousands of digitally stored games — titles that previously could only have been played on a console or high-spec gaming computer. And this is just the beginning. In an arms race to...