Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Gartner Group's latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is out. 

Last year, Big Data was at the “peak of inflated expectations.” 

This year, the Internet of Things is at the top of the hype cycle.  

A new entry to the Hype Cycle this year is “data science,” projected to reach the plateau in 2 to 5 years. It’s more a discipline for dealing with big data then a specific technology or set of technologies, so it’s interesting to note that big data is still considered by Gartner to be 5 to 10 years away from reaching that stage.  


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Source: Gartner, August 2014

Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report highlights “the four Nexus of Forces (social, mobile, cloud and information),” which were highly correlated with items that had changed most significantly on the peak portion of the Hype Cycle. Two trends Gartner called out especially as having an impact at earlier stages of the Hype Cycle were digital business and the Internet of Things.

The 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies marks the 20th anniversary of the report.  

For more, see this video, which talks about the Hype Cycle as a tool for tracking how innovations and their business impact evolve over time and what is new about the 2014 version.


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