Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week

“This is like taking someone’s watch and hocking it … for $20, and then offering to give us $20. It’s crazy.”

    Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) co-President Safra Catz, testifying in the company’s suit against SAP (NYSE: SAP) over the theft of intellectual property by TomorrowNow, a now-defunct subsidiary of SAP, which has admitted the thefts took place, but argues did not cause the billions of dollars in harm Oracle claims. Catz said SAP’s suggested $40 million settlement offer would be “a reward for their bad behavior, frankly.” (MarketWatch)

“It’s pretty ironic that even though Red Hat is the leading innovator, we’re rarely the first to ship something.”

    Tim Burke, vice president of platform engineering at Red Hat — basically, Red Hat’s top Linux engineer — speaking at the company’s event announcing the latest release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 6). (Linux Planet)

“We’ve always been contributors to both the Google Wave protocol itself and building gadgets that leverage it. By definition since it was always open source, with respect to the folks at Google, whether they’re engaged or not doesn’t have a specific impact on tools that leverage the Wave federation protocol.”

    Ross Chevalier, president of Novell Canada, talking about the release of new Vibe collaboration technology based on Google’s Wave protocol. The search giant killed Wave, one time a highly touted collaboration service, earlier this year. (Datamation)

“With the growing sophistication level of mHealth applications, only 14 percent of the total market revenue in the next 5 years will come from application download revenue. Seventy-six percent of total mHealth application market revenue will come from related services and products such as sensors.”

    Research2Guidance senior research analyst Egle Mikalajunaite, commenting on a report by his firm projecting that 500 million people will be using mobile health-care applications in 2015. (Research2Guidance)

“Our experience in government is not to use the private sector or individuals as partners. The biggest cost is the intrinsic cost — getting [government workers] to understand the value of the data and why we’re trying to do this.”

    San Francisco’s CIO Chris Vein, commenting on the initial challenges and progress of the city’s year-old open data initiative, which was formalized into law this week. San Francisco has released 200 sets of data, which developers have used to create more than 50 applications. “We’re giving developers the chance to do creative things,” Vein added. (Fast Company)

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