Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2008

Published: 09 July 2008

ID: G00159496

Analyst(s): David Smith , Yefim Natis , W. Roy Schulte , David Gootzit, Leslie Fiering, Gene Phifer , Whit Andrews , Nikos Drakos , Carol Rozwell , Jim Tully, Jackie Fenn , Ray Valdes, Federico De Silva , John Davison, Kathy Harris, Johan Jacobs, Sharon McNee, John Monroe , Pete Basiliere , Joseph Unsworth , Anne Lapkin, Stephen Prentice, Rita E. Knox, Rafe John Graham Ball, Simon Mingay , Daniel Sholler, William Clark , Scott Morrison, Rich Costello, Monica Basso , Tomoko Mitani, Robert Mason


Technologies and trends at or approaching the Hype Cycle peak include green IT, cloud computing and social networking platforms. Corporate use of virtual worlds and Web 2.0 are slipping into the Trough of Disillusionment, while SOA begins its ascent of the Slope of Enlightenment.

Table Of Contents
  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off The Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Erasable Paper Printing Systems
    • Context Delivery Architecture
    • Behavioral Economics
    • Mobile Robots
    • Augmented Reality
    • Surface Computers
    • Cloud Computing
    • 3-D Printing
  • At the Peak
    • Microblogging
    • Green IT
    • Social Computing Platforms
    • Video Telepresence
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Solid-State Drives
    • Public Virtual Worlds
    • Web 2.0
    • Service-Oriented Business Applications
    • Virtual Assistants
    • RFID (Case/Pallet)
    • Corporate Blogging
    • Idea Management
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Wikis
    • Electronic Paper
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Tablet PC
    • SOA
    • Location-Aware Applications
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Basic Web Services
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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