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FEAC™ Certified Enterprise Architect CEA Study Guide by Beryl Bellman, Ann Reedy, Prakash Rao

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1.1 Why EA and Why This Book

The information technology (IT) company Gartner Inc. (Fenn & Raskino, 2008) has discovered a pattern of hope and disappointment that has plagued almost every highly touted innovation and its adoption by otherwise highly capable and successful enterprises. Gartner coined the term “hype cycle” for this phenomenon. This cycle begins with initial enthusiasm and inflated expectations; results in disappointment when expectations are not met; and ultimately leads to the realization that value can still be realized, albeit more gradually and over a sustained period of time (see Figure 1.1-1). Nowhere was the existence of the hype cycle more evident than in the area of information technology.

FIGURE 1.1-1 Gartner’s Hype Cycle ...

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