Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for the Future of Applications, 2020

Published: 27 July 2020

ID: G00450384

Analyst(s): Saniye Alaybeyi, Yefim Natis , Stefan Van Der Zijden


This Hype Cycle will help application leaders gain an understanding of the future of applications, assess the maturity and potential impact of emerging innovations, plan for their adoption and separate the hype from reality.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • HR Application Frameworks
    • Composable ERP
    • Immersive Workspaces
    • DesignOps
    • SaaS as a Platform (SSP)
    • Packaged Business Capabilities
    • Self-Integrating Applications
    • Composable Commerce
    • API-Centric (“Headless”) SaaS
    • Composable Enterprise
  • At the Peak
    • Hybrid Application Platform
    • Multiexperience Development Platforms
    • Fusion Teams
    • Data Fabric
    • Hybrid Integration Platform
    • Product-Centric Delivery Model
    • Conversational User Interfaces
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • API Marketplaces
    • Machine Learning
    • Digital Twin
    • Design Thinking
    • Virtual Assistants
    • Enterprise Agile Frameworks
    • Citizen Integrator Tools
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Citizen Developers
    • Full Life Cycle API Management
    • API Economy
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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