The IT industry suddenly seems to be inundated with 2.0 technologies. It all started in 2004 with a Web 2.0 conference organized by O'Reilly Media and CMP. Since then, vendors, analysts and conference organizers have jumped on the 2.0 bandwagon in almost every area of IT from enterprise systems to business intelligence (BI).

Although the definitions and components of these 2.0 technologies are somewhat vague, the concepts behind them are nevertheless useful because they identify a set of disruptive technologies and approaches that offer new ways of building, deploying and using IT applications - the focus being on simplicity and user self-sufficiency.

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