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Will "Made in India" Software Products Become a Reality?

February 20th, 2008

A discussion with my friends brought about this topic. The discussion initially started with talks on the condition of Software Exports and the amount of revenue it brings to the Indian Economy as a whole. Though the Software Exports business (by way of consulting projects) has been good over the past so many years and have made billions of dollars for companies like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, etc., the question that we all had was about the future of the Software Exports business.

We all know that India has been receiving consulting projects because of the talent pool we have and secondly because of economical per hour rates when compared to USA and European countries. But, with time other countries are coping up. Their talent pool and per hour rates are comparable to ours.

Take China for example. To my understanding China is not far behind on grounds of talent pool and per hour rates. We have been slightly over-confident about the fact that such projects will keep coming to India because we are the largest English speaking country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population). But for how long? How long will China be left behind? One fine day China will come up to our levels. What will be the competitive edge that we will have then?

I think it’s time that we start building software products and market them. Ultimately a product offers more power of earning because you develop once and then implement/install everywhere. We should definitely start to think in this direction and start building capacity both educational and entrepreneurial. After all why can’t we have the next best Operating System or an Office Productivity Suite or a Programming Language IDE, etc. etc.

I think India has a lot of scope as regards “Made in India” Software products. Think about it.

Please feel free to add your comments and replies.

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  1. February 23rd, 2008 at 11:58 | #1

    Bharosa recently bought by Oracle which by name sounds very Indian.

    I have had or know few who had bad experience working with Consultants and their off-shore team. Typical issues are
    * talking in Indian language during a conference call.
    * not owning up or acknowledging the mistakes / mishaps and pro-actively working to fix it.
    * blame game is high

    These may be rare instances but does make an impression. Also heard on talk-back radio, the bad impression call centre ‘kids’ make on their marketing like calls.

  2. February 23rd, 2008 at 23:01 | #2

    This is not just for commercial projects – I want to see more open source products from India as well.

  3. Sundar Tumuluru
    February 29th, 2008 at 10:47 | #3

    I have developed a software product wholly IN INDIA – FOR INDIA, unfortunately I presume it may not see the daylight with lot of stumbling roadblocks in introducing it into the market. Above all Indians as such have a phobia for indigenous Software and also do not trust the competencies of our own Indians.
    Basically we have the slave tendency running in the mindset of Indians. Unless we come out of it there will not be any productive usage of native intelligence.
    Can anyone name a software which is MADE IN INDIA for mass usage wholly developed in India?

  4. Larry Edwards
    May 1st, 2008 at 03:41 | #4

    Looking for dependable Indian Website Development Company to build Ecommerce website for hosting in USA.

  5. Vikram Singh
    August 5th, 2008 at 20:55 | #5

    “Made In India” Software… I use two of them Quick Heal, a great antivirus and Puran Defrag, a great disk defragmenter.

    Both of them really works great for me. I think Indians do have all the potential but only few like above two risk their valuable years. A simple reason that i can think is the financial freedom and no encouragement to creative thinking even at IITs 🙁

  6. March 19th, 2009 at 00:46 | #6

    I don’t think it is impossible. Indians might be exporting software made in India really soon. They have the talent pool and the infrastructure.

  7. April 6th, 2009 at 15:39 | #7

    nice topic to discuss on, do India have any famous software product as of now?

  8. bala
    June 2nd, 2009 at 15:04 | #8

    surprising no one seems to have heard of zoho

  9. September 17th, 2009 at 18:10 | #9

    Interesting topic, In my opinion we have to understand the reality. Country like USA, has advanced in IT field in terms of Computer manufacturing, software developement, Communication etc. which could help them to build, test, deploy the software , hardware etc and then polish it, then release it as packaged product.

    They have started outsourcing the software professional, because of 2 reasons.

    1. employee attitude in work place
    2. high cost

    Rohit Tripathi

  10. Mohankumar
    February 18th, 2010 at 05:32 | #10

    I heard Zoho is one such product developed wholly in India. There could be few more, but still we have to improve a lot in order to develop a product.

    In my opinion, the followings are the bottlenecks for a product development in India

    a) Market: You can’t target for a local market, where the market is small. Of course, it depends on the products. But if you target the US/Europe market, you need a product manager with the knowledge of targeted market.

    Suggestions: Hire them, if you can. Else we have to gain some knowledge on the targeted market.

    b) Product development skills: It is hard to get resources with the knowledge of product development life cycle. Product development is completely different from the customized application, so you need different mindset.

    Suggestions: Encourage the IT students in the open source products.

    c) Venture Capitalist: You need a good good venture capitalist, because product companies can’t reach the break-even point for the initial few years.

    Suggestions: Start with the small product and grow gradually.

    d) Innovations: Think differently. In IT field everyone consistently use the word “Don’t reinvent the wheel”. But Google introduced another browser in the market, but later it can position itself as “Third”.

    Suggestion: you think 🙂

    Mohankumar Ramasamy

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