Delving Into Gartner's 2016 Hype Cycle
Every year, IT research and consulting firm Gartner produces its emerging technologies list, which is also referred to as its hype cycle report. On one hand, the technologies featured are far enough along that they have to be taken seriously by business. On the other hand, the barrage of press headlines and tradeshow topics aren't there for many of the technologies. The 2016 version, "Gartner Hype Cycles 2016: Major Trends and Emerging Technologies," is no exception. Gartner points out that this year, three major trends stand out from the group: The world has entered the smart machine age, there's a focus on transparently immersive experiences, and a platform revolution is unfolding. As the report points out: "Enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as their potential impact (value and risk) on their businesses." Here's a look at some of the top emerging technologies and their "hypelines."