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The products that Jobs masterminded like iPhone and iPad had people "waiting in lines overnight," said Pang.
"Those products are changing people's lives as we speak. Who can fill those shoes? He is one of those inventors and artists that you always remember," he added. "When an inventor passes away there is a void out there that nobody can fill. It is a tremendous loss to the industry and everyone involved in the industry. It is really a good time for us to step back and look at how far we have progressed and to look at what we owe Steve Jobs. He made tremendous contributions to this industry."
"The impact on the industry is huge," said Michael Krigsman, president and CEO of Asuret Inc, a Brookline, Mass technology consulting firm.
"There is a hole that remains that will be very difficult to fill. There are few people with the vision and breadth that Jobs possessed. It is very sad for all of us. For solution providers, he created tremendous demand by innovating and delivering new products on a consistent basis."
"I am totally shocked," said an IT executive attending the Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. "Even though I knew he was sick, I never thought he wouldn't be here because he was such a strong presence. He remained in the industry until the end. He only stepped back a couple of weeks ago. That is commitment and dedication to the industry. This industry was his lifeblood.He was forever focused on the technology industry and making it better and better and better. He was never afraid to push the boundaries of what we could do with technology."
A technology distribution executive at Oracle OpenWorld, who did not want to be identified, said Jobs' legacy remains the innovative products he brought to the industry including the iPhone and the iPad.
"I am saddened," said the executive. "He had a profound affect on the IT industry. Everybody admires Apple. Everybody looks up to Apple. You can't go to a conference without seeing an iPad. He made IT cool. People spend their own money on Apple products."
John Convery, executive vice president of vendor relations and marketing at Denali Advanced Integration, a Redmond, Wash.-based solution provider which is in the process of developing an Apple focus, said it is rare to see such a young man become such a giant of the industry.
"You wish he would be here a long time to continuing innovating," he said. "Jobs is in the same class of a handful of people how have made major contributions to the industry.
Jobs positioned Apple well for success long after he left the company, Convery said. "He had a great succession plan in place," he said. "Leadership is more than one person.. You need R&D, enginereing, and more. But Apple is a leader."
Job's main legacy is an understanding of the needs of consumers, Convery said. "A few years ago, Apple had a 6-percent share of the PC market," he said. "But it always had loyal fans. He really understood how to make Apple's products easy for customers to use."
Steve Burke contributed to this article.