Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Since 2005, the Gartner Group publishes every year in July a new version of its "hype cycle" report. This is an analysis of the main emerging technologies that are positioned on a cycle trends. The annual report describes the trends or ICT "emergence" in period slots of 2 years , 5 years or 10 years. The Hype Cycle model applied in the annual report is a graphic representation of innovative technologies at a given moment of a technology life cycle: the cycle of trends. Hype can be translated as trend, fashion, media hype or mattraquage. These cycles, whether they are expected or decried, are a photo of the current technological fashion seen by analysts of a renowned group.

ICT 2014 Hype Cycle graph reflects a series of interesting emerging new concepts like "Digital security", "Connected home", "Human augmentation". It also reflects culmination of other technologies to the "peak of inflated expectations" like "Speach to speach translation", "Internet of things", "natural language question anwering", etc. The graph highlights as well some other techniques that are lowering to the "Trough of Disillusionment" like "Big data", "Content analytics", "Cloud computing", etc. Some other techniques like "Virtual reality", "Gesture control" and "In-Memory analytics" start however climbing the "Slope of Enlightenment" as a testimony of survival to the precedent stage of disillusionment. Some other stabilized technologies are shown on the graph as reaching already the "Plateau of Productivity" like "speech recognition" and "3D scanners".

2014 Marks 20th Anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle

"Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle Special Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies, grouped into 119 areas. New Hype Cycles this year include Digital Workplace, Connected Homes, Enterprise Mobile Security, 3D Printing and Smart Machines. 

The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report is the longest-running annual Hype Cycle, providing a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that business strategists, chief innovation officers, R&D leaders, entrepreneurs, global market developers and emerging technology teams should consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios. 

"The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is the broadest aggregate Gartner Hype Cycle, featuring technologies that are the focus of attention because of particularly high levels of hype, or those that Gartner believes have the potential for significant impact," said Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow. "Enterprises should use this Hype Cycle to identify which technologies are emerging and use the concept of digital business transformation to identify which business trends may result." 

"The central theme for this year's Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business (see Figure 1). As enterprises embark on the journey to becoming digital businesses, they will leverage technologies that today are considered to be "emerging," said Hung LeHong, vice president and Gartner fellow. "Understanding where your enterprise is on this journey and where you need to go will not only determine the amount of change expected for your enterprise, but also map out which combination of technologies support your progression." (Excerpt from 2014 ICT Gartner report)

Source : Gartner 2014