I wish Gartner would Vanish!
Even if they do provide me with much humour at just how many times they get their predictions wrong.
Talking about historical events should be OK. Right?
There's been a tragedy on the fields of emerging technology and nobody seems to have noticed. Once-promising trends that were toiling for recognition a year ago have simply vanished. Where have they gone? Let us explain. Every year Gartner publishes its annual "Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle". For two decades this has …
Edge Computing is alive and well.
So is Machine Learning, for one. Presumably things can disappear from the Emerging Tech report because they have, in fact, emerged, and are now lounging about comfortably in deck chairs, having decided to skip the other stages.
Simples ... people have figured out that they really mean "cloud", which really means "centralized computing" which really means "service bureau", which really means "all your compute belong to us". The term has evaporated as non-essential, outside marketing and sales departments. Folks with a clue use it as a flag to indicate the perpetually clueless.
Remember kiddies, The Network Is Not The Computer.
I think more appropriate is the Plane of Bullshit. On the x-axis is the amount of hype, and on the y-axis is the amount of actual real stuff being done with it. As time moves on, each concept plots a trajectory on the Plane of Bullshit. Each concept traces out a different route, but there will be some clustering, common paths that ideas take. One such path is the Pure Bullshit, or All Talk No Trousers. This is a horizontal path starting bottom left, move to bottom right, then back again.
Gartner's idea has some merit, but it's a 3-d graph, not a 2d one.
I'm sure 4D printing is a thing the BOfH came up with to befuddle his buffoon of a boss before buggering off for beers and bhajis.
So I think Gartner have been pranked by a 1st April press release. But of course they'll never admit the mistake - it'll just diappear again either next year, or the one after.
Although I'm prepared to believe that current printers have achieved self-awareness and control of time. But clearly not in order to help humanity. They're probably being controlled by a capricious GCU in orbit around one of the gas giants. Just waiting to see if we get the hint.
@Notas Badoff: That is actually cool stuff!
(but I was also really confused about the 4d aspect of printing - I would not call this 4d, unless parts of it fold away into another dimension that cannot be seen and we just see a 3d projection of a true 4d object.
I think time should not count, just look at the metric. Time is really the odd one out.
Even Gartner can't be bothered to check what they said last year.
I quite like the fact they exist, everytime someone in a meeting mentions the Gartner Quadrant, Circle or Insight they lose a point in the 'Do they have a clue or not' game.
but nevermind that, where's LESTER on this chart? the Vat of Joy?
It's actually a quite sensible idea to graph all this year's ridiculous buzzwords so ignorant execs and investors can see where the gravy lies.
But that also needs a second path out of the trough for all those buzzwords that underwent a reality check and got tipped down the slide of oblivion.
Looks like people got a free day to vent their ire against Gartner. Like it or not, people do care about what Gartner says, at least people who matter. Folks, possibly like in these comments, who are busy in nut bolts of IT, and are largely irrelevant in bigger scheme of things, may crib about Gartner, criticize them, ridicule them, the truth is you write so much about someone only when that someone matters. So believe or not, your saying so many things about Gartner implies you also know they matter.
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