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Adam Bosworth in 2005 at the MySQL Users Conference. Photo via Wikipedia. Credit: James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Adam Bosworth in 2005 at the MySQL Users Conference. Photo via Wikipedia. Credit: James Duncan Davidson/O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Adam Bosworth has had a long and distinguished career in tech, starting at Microsoft where he pushed the organization to new heights and helped pioneer XML technology. He later held high-level technical executive positions at BEA, Google and, where he most recently served as an executive vice president working on the Internet of Things cloud.

Now, Bosworth — who was so important at Microsoft that the software giant threatened to sue him over non-compete agreements when he founded the Seattle startup Crossgain more than 15 years ago — has a new gig.

Fortune reports that Bosworth has taken a job at Amazon, which is gobbling up talent left and right. Bosworth’s role is unclear, but Fortune notes that it is likely “lofty” given his tech chops around cloud computing. In fact, the new role for Bosworth comes shortly after Salesforce inked a deal in which Amazon Web Services was named its “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider.”

Bosworth certainly gets engaged with technology, and its promise. Here’s what he wrote in a blog post last fall about the Internet of Things, giving insights into his thinking and possibly signaling where he might fit at Amazon.

We are in the midst of a customer-centric revolution. It’s driven by new consumer expectations and it’s changing everything. The third wave of applications, connected services, is enabling mobile phones and other smart devices to meet those expectations — whether it’s your car helping you schedule a service appointment when its oil is low, or your airline automatically rebooking your preferred replacement flight following a cancellation.

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