How to Evaluate IT Market Clock Technology Opportunities and Risks, 2011

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Summary

The viability of technologies and the competitive market dynamics determining when to buy or escape from them change over time. This presents customers and vendors with opportunities and risks. We provide advice on how IT leaders and vendors can address these through a technology's life.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Technology Life Cycle Risks and Opportunities
    • Commoditization Creates a Five-Stage Technology Life Cycle
    • Gartner Research on Markets and Market Life Cycles
      • Gartner's IT Market Clock Provides a Full Life Cycle View of Technology Assets
    • Five Areas of Technology Risk
      • Risks Vary by Type of Vendor
    • Overview of Technology Risks by Life Cycle Stage
      • Risks Vary by Life Cycle Stage
      • A Closer Look at Life Cycle Stage Risks
    • Details of Technology Risks by Life Cycle Stage
      • Emerging Stage
      • Developing Stage
      • Early Mainstream Stage
      • Mature Mainstream Stage
      • Legacy Stage
    • Relationships With Other Gartner Research
      • How the Five-Stage Technology Life Cycle Relates to Gartner's Hype Cycle
      • How the Vendor Categories Relate to Gartner's Magic Quadrants
  • Recommended Reading
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