Fellow Enterprise Irregular and HfS Research Founder Phil Fersht introduced their new Blueprint with an appropriate title: Step aside Magic Quadrant, hello Blueprint.
I think such a milestone warrants a historical overview of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, Hype Cycle, Magic Cycle, Magic Hype, Hyped Magik… or any other variation you prefer. And since it’s just a few days away…well, consider it early April 1st:-)
Sick of their boring original, Gartner themselves introduced the Real (Magic) Quadrant:
Pay attention to the time stamp in the graph. Not bad. Although not as brutally honest as the Geek & Poke version:
Btw, Phil did not just get this out of the blue (print), he has been diligently studying the Painsharing Paradox for years:
But let’s get serious… time to consider the customers’ prospective. Welcome to the Magik Kvadrant:
Magik Kvadrant created by Sam Lawrence, formerly of Jive Software, Blackbox Republic, nowadays CrushPath . (And dear Sam, next time you re-surface, pls. remember to keep your URLs consistent, will you?)
Enough of this quadrants, squres, cubes… let’s hype up some cycles. Superseding the Gartner version, here’s the Wailgum Hype Cycle:
Not bad. Still a bit complex. I prefer the the simplified, geekified, scobleized, oprahized, too-oh-ized version:
Had enough fun yet? Ok, now, for real.. and I mean real, here’s Blueprint in it’s full glory:
And that’s the real thing. After all, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet.