Gartner conclusion on RSS - wrong.
The report is described as an IT buzzword hype scorecard which assesses the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 44
technologies and trends over the coming decade, including
Location-aware applications, RFID, SOA, Web Services Enabled Business
Models (new one on me, but nice buzzword - maybe 'API business'?),
Wikis, Podcasting and P2P.
Quick rant (I confess: I've not read the report yet, so am going by the press release and soundbyte):
I think Gartner's RSS conclusion is dead wrong, as their conclusion - that RSS will be not be useful for critical content - can only
be arrived at if one makes a significant and wrong assumption about RSS to begin with.
The wrong assumption is that RSS must be the end-to-end (or at the
very end of) the content delivery format/process of business-critical
content/information - and the implication is that a feed
aggregator/reader/viewer/client is the end-destination for x-critical content. This implication therefore pits RSS against
email or other tried and tested messaging/transport technologies.
They fail to recognize the simple fact that
RSS content can be transported (reliably and pinged as often a
necessary - this is a software issue not an RSS issue!), consumed and
anything for anything: from RSS xml TO an email message, from RSS xml
TO sms alerts, and visa versa. Major oversight, me thinks.