Gartner Research

Understanding Gartner's Hype Cycles

Published: 30 May 2003

ID: G00115274

Analyst(s): Jackie Fenn, Alexander Linden

Summary

Gartner's Hype Cycles offer an overview of relative maturity of technologies in a certain domain. They provide not only a scorecard to separate hype from reality, but also models that help enterprises decide when they should adopt a new technology.

Table Of Contents
  • Management Summary
  • What Is the Hype Cycle?
  • Phases of the Hype Cycle
    • Technology Trigger
    • On the Rise
    • At the Peak of Inflated Expectations
    • Sliding Into the Trough of Disillusionment
    • Climbing the Slope of Enlightenment
    • Entering the Plateau of Productivity
    • Post-Plateau
  • The Time-to-Maturity Assessment
  • Positioning a Technology on the Hype Cycle
  • Special Hype Cycle Circumstances
  • Lessons of the Hype Cycle

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