Gartner’s 2006 Hype Cycle

I’m generally of the view that Gartner’s hype cycle releases say more about Gartner than about technology markets — they are really about hype-ing its upcoming publishing schedule — but nevertheless, this year’s “emerging technologies” release is worth a look. Their three biggies are:

  • Web 2.0 (including social network analysis, which is actually a good enterprise-y way of looking at that aspect)
  • Real World Web (location-aware tech, sensors, etc.)
  • Applications architecture (software as a service, distributed apps, etc.)

There are useful further musings by Dion Hinchcliffe here, and Peter Rip here.

Related posts:

  1. Biggest Venture Hype of 2005
  2. A Confession: I Like Enterprise Software in 2006
  3. Bye Bye ajaxWrite, Hello Hype
  4. Putting the ‘Hype’ in We
  5. Sending & Receiving Location-Aware Data


  1. russ says:

    where is “clean tech” on the map?
    Or maybe it ain’t “sexy” enough for Gartner??

  2. BDG123 says:

    I never understood the fascination with Gartner. I guess they are some form of independent viewpoints in a world where everyone has the answer. But to assume they are strategic thought leaders and visionaries is rather hilarious. That sure is a purdy chart though. I bet they want to sell alot of them, huh?