Gartner Predictions: Fresh from the Patisserie

October 20, 2020

I spotted “Gartner Reveals the Top Strategic Tech Trends for 2021.” The write up is an information croquembouche. Here’s what Wikipedia offers as a typical confection whipped up by trained chefs:

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This is a croquembouche. A tower of sugar-filled balls, filled with custard. Caramel enlivens the gourmet experience.

What are those delicate balls of goodness? Maybe empty calories or evidence of the wisdom for the saying, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?” The write up states without one reference to a poire à la Beaujolaise or tasty teurgoule. I had to content myself with the jargon and buzzword equivalent of pièce montée.

Here are some examples. Please, consult the original article or the menu available directly from Gartner for the complete list:

  • Artificial intelligence engineering, perfect for those who have mastered plain old AI
  • Anywhere operations, the bane of real estate professionals with empty buildings and clients who are missing their lease payments. Just WFH and do “operations” from one’s bedroom.
  • Cybersecurity mesh. I have zero idea what this means, but there will be reports, speeches at WFH conferences, and maybe a podcast or two from the merry band of brownie makers.
  • The IoB or Internet of Behaviors. Yep, that’s where the Rona makes its entrance. Remarkable.

To wrap up, what’s in a croquembouche, a cream puff tower. For starters one needs:

  • 30 eggs (raised by a mid tier farmer in New Jersey)
  • 4 sticks of butter (from cows who produce milk while consultants’ sales pitches are played in the barn)
  • 5 cups of sugar. So far no government health warnings are required.

Perfect those cream puff towers of knowledge and deep thoughts. Who wants seconds?

Stephen E Arnold, October 20, 2020

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