How long does it take for a new technology to pass from the state of Really Good Idea to full acceptance or rejection? According to Gartner, anywhere from two to five years. Along the way, Gartner researchers have found, a technology typically passes through five clearly identifiable stages. Most notable are a period of over-hyped expectations, followed inevitably by a resounding crash of disappointment and disillusionment. In fact, Gartner calls this five-year roller coaster ride the Hype Cycle.
Earlier this summer, Gartner senior researcher Theresa Lanowitz--no stranger to regular visitors to this site--added DSO to the company's application development Hype Cycle. For people I've spoken with at DSO vendor companies, Gartner's move has them very, very excited. In one swift move, Gartner has given DSO the stamp of reality if not outright approval. Today DSO is literally on the map.
Last week I had an opportunity to speak with Theresa about DSO and the Hype Cycle. We had a fascinating conversation, and you can now view our interview. With Gartner's permission, DSO.com has also reproduced the Gartner app-dev Hype Cycle as part of the interview article, so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
What do you think? Will DSO's appearance on the Gartner Hype Cycle help the industry? Or is this itself yet another example of hype? Either way, let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org