"We're big fans of the Gartner Hype Cycle model, and we couldn't
help but think about it at this week's Open Source Business
Conference in Newton, Mass.
"At its core, the model is based on the belief that all
technologies go through five phases: technology trigger, peak of
inflated expectations, trough of disillusionment, slope of
enlightenment, and, ultimately, a plateau of productivity.
"It's easy to see how the Web itself has followed this model.
From the creation of MOSAIC to the .dot-com Boom and subsequent
Bust, to the recent resurgence in venture capital interest to
technology companies focused on product as opposed to