The following are excerpts from an explorer hiking the Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies.
Day 1, Reached the Peak
Today we finally reached the Peak of Inflated Expectations. The view is simply amazing. This technology is going to revolutionize everything. Everyone is excited and teaming up with their friends. Documentum just got some great new equipment from EMC. I suspect that those two will be very happy together for a long time.
Life is good.
Day 2, Getting Crowded
Apparently everyone is excited and more and more people are joining us on the Peak. While the view is still lovely, they ground is starting to get muddy from all the people trampling everywhere.
Stellent showed up with their new pal Oracle. Everyone thinks they are a bunch of posers but they are mostly keeping quiet because Oracle has a bit of a temper.
There seems to be a new noise. I’m going to go check it out.
Day 4, Ooops
That noise from the other day? That was the beginning of an avalanche that carried the entire group off of the Peak. According to our maps we are in the Trough of Disillusionment. It is hard to validate because nobody can get a clear signal anymore. It is a bit gloomy but some people seem to think we can get out.
OMG! Open Text ate Hummingbird while we were sleeping! They must be panicking already.
Tensions are very high.