The Gartner Hype Cycle is a model that is used to help identify and understand the stages that a technology goes through from its inception to its implementation and eventual mass adoption. It is often used as a way to measure the maturity of a technology and to predict when it will become widely adopted.
The Gartner Hype Cycle has five stages:
- Technology Trigger
- Peak of Inflated Expectations
- Trough of Disillusionment
- Slope of Enlightenment
- Plateau of Productivity
The model is often criticized for being too simplistic and for not taking into account all of the factors that can influence the adoption of a technology. Additionally, the stages are not always linear, and a technology can often move back and forth between stages.
Despite its shortcomings, the Gartner Hype Cycle can be a helpful tool for understanding the adoption process of a new technology.