Heard, and overheard

Jul 16 2010   1:00AM GMT

More than just the land of mechanics?



Posted by: Anilpatrick
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innovation
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Being skeptical is part of my job, and few things raise more of the feeling than hearing the term “India: The IT superpower”. Okay, if we are such an IT superpower, why don’t we have more Finacles or Flexcubes (Indian no more)? Why are even the biggest Indian IT players still dependent on software maintenance contracts for their bread and butter?

Now, the truth is that we are largely a bunch of glorified mechanics; people who are better at fixing someone else’s software that creating innovative products that can make a difference. Even if we don’t craft solutions that change the world, we should be able to make products which do make a difference. This is missing to a great extent, because being entrepreneurial in India is considered to be a tougher job than just tweaking someone else’s top-heavy software. So, reliance on some foreign company’s maintenance jobs just don’t cut it if we want to label ourselves with ego boosts like “IT superpower”.

Yes, we need some coffee from Coorg.

This same coffee felt better than usual, when I read about the Epic Browser. Yes, it’s based on Mozilla, but it does have some USPs. First of it is that it’s made in Bangalore (or Bengaluru, whatever). Second thing that struck me is that it’s got built-in antivirus and antispyware (in the browser). And maybe, it’s got many more features worth a mention.

Hmm, it’s an interesting twist of events, even though I’m yet to test drive the product. It may be heavy and the antivirus may not be up to the mark, says the skeptical journalist in me. But yes, the fact remains that some Indians have made an effort worth a mention.

And maybe, we’ll see more Indian applications in our data centers over the years to come. A lot of maybes, maybe!

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