A GigaOm Key Criteria report analyzes the most important features of a technology category to help IT professionals understand how solutions may impact an enterprise and its IT organization. These features are grouped into three categories:
Table Stakes: Assumed Value. The features that every solution in a sector should have, forming a baseline for consideration.
Key Criteria: Differentiating Value. The most critical features that define solution capability, impact, and value.
Emerging Technologies: Future Value. Advanced functionality entering the space that can impact downfield value.
Over time, advances in technology and tooling enable emerging technologies to evolve into key criteria, and key criteria to become table stakes.