I absolutely love this version of the Hype Cycle which Euan Semple found from Geek & Poke:
The thing is, it’s a fair representation of it. Rather like the version of the Laws of Thermodynamics as a restatement of Murphy’s Law, which goes:
1 – you can’t win
2 – you can only break even at absolute zero
3 – you can never reach absolute zero
Doesn’t apply in enterprise IT, though, where absolute zero is sometimes quite common!
Gartner Hype Cycle Version 2.0, The Obvious, 26 Aug 2009