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The Gap between Hype and Reality

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Presentation at the 2008 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Symposium, December 4, 2008, in Boca Raton, Florida, by Burton Group Vice President and Research Director Anne Thomas Manes. Information technology is a victim of fashion. Every year some new idea grabs our attention. Since 2003, we have seen Software as a Service, Services Oriented Architecture, Rich Internet Applications, Web 2.0, and Enterprise 2.0 (so 2007!). In 2008, it's cloud computing. While all of these ideas are exciting, how much of the excitement is just hype? What's required to achieve the benefits promised by the latest technology fad? This presentation examines the ups and downs of technology "fashion" and what's needed to benefit from the latest trend.

How to Cite This Work: Manes, Anne Thomas. "The Gap between Hype and Reality." Presentation at the 2008 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Symposium, Boca Raton, FL, December 4, 2008, available from

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