A new entry to the Hype Cycle this year is “data science,” projected to reach the plateau in 2 to 5 years. It’s more a discipline for dealing with big data then a specific technology or set of technologies, so it’s interesting to note that big data is still considered by Gartner to be 5 to 10 years away from reaching that stage.
Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report highlights “the four Nexus of Forces (social, mobile, cloud and information),” which were highly correlated with items that had changed most significantly on the peak portion of the Hype Cycle. Two trends Gartner called out especially as having an impact at earlier stages of the Hype Cycle were digital business and the Internet of Things.
The 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies marks the 20th anniversary of the report.
For more, see this video, which talks about the Hype Cycle as a tool for tracking how innovations and their business impact evolve over time and what is new about the 2014 version.
The best part came at the nine-minute mark, when he told the crowd:
"We're going to be hardcore. HARD-core. HARDCORE! We're going to get better everyday. We're going to be tenacious. Something knocks us down and we're going to get back and keep coming and coming and coming and coming. Did you watch these guys? That was hardcore! Hardcore baby! Nothing gets in our way, BOOM! Keep coming. HARD-core. The HARDCORE Clippers, that's us."
Speaking of hardcore ... For the record, Ballmer bought the Clippers for a $2 billion (four times the record sale for an NBA team, according to the LA Times).
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