India to become software superpower by 2020

India can well become the ‘software superpower’ of the world by 2020, but all depends on investments in workforce development and country-level infrastructure, a report by IT research firm Gartner said.

The report by Gartner analyses three probable scenarios for it, which requires new investments in education and infrastructure development for supporting continued growth. Talking to PTI, Partha Iyengar, Gartner’s Distinguished Analyst Regional Research Director (India) said, “India is most likely to become the software superpower of the world by 2020, provided the country’s infrastructure and soft skill development is completed as per plans and India continues to maintain its competitive advantage.”

The report also stated that this is possible only when political and social disputes prevent any significant progress, despite incremental steps to improve India’s infrastructure. The growth drivers for the IT industry include high growth of economy, primary education revamp, high quality labour pool and increased global geopolitical influence in the country. “Strengthening any of the drivers would move India closer to Scenario 3,” added the report.

Currently, U.S. is considered as the leader in IT software, with the country boasting of giants such as Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Cisco.

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