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Notable quotes about Amazon, Facebook and others in the software industry ecosystem


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The term cloud, as it was created at the end of the 90s, means ‘This data is somewhere out there’, by definition it means outside of my scope. … What’s changed with Snowden is that people realise it’s not so easy. They have to think about this data, there are security consequences, there are price consequences, lock-in consequences. This idea of cloud being somewhere else and I don’t have to care has changed.


Our fundamental goal is to make App Links build the fabric of the mobile ecosystem. If we can make every URL out there have associated deep linking points, we can basically build the existing fabric on the web on mobile. —Vijay Shankar, product manager, Facebook

We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores. … Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft — that is the key to success,”— Ni Guangnan, who heads an official OS development alliance in China 

Inside IBM, morale isn’t great. Following a series of layoffs, management is perceived as using Excel as a windshield to drive the company. — Jean-Louis Gassee, venture partner, Alegis Capital

I keep hearing about “Center of Excellence.” The term makes no sense to me. What does it mean? The middle (center) of wonderfulness? A place (center) where one goes to become excellent? Lately I’ve been hearing it used to describe our lab which is just a collection of computer equipment. In our case it’s a bunch of Oracle Engineered Systems. I have even started hearing people refer to it as the Oracle Engineered Systems Center of Excellence, which doesn’t really roll off the tongue does it? … [T]he whole thing is confusing to me. Anyway, I prefer to call it a Research Lab. — Kerry Osborne, founder, Enkitec, an Oracle-based consulting firm, and an Oracle-focused blogger

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