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- DescriptionThe rise of the Indian information techlogy industry is a remarkable ecomic success story. Software and services exports from India amounted to less than $100 million in 1990, and today come close to $100 billion. But, as Dinesh Sharma explains in The Outsourcer, Indian IT's success has a long prehistory; it did t begin with software support, or with American firms' eager recruitment of cheap and plentiful programming labor, or with India's ecomic liberalization of the 1990s. The foundations of India's IT revolution were laid long ago, even before the country's independence from British rule in 1947, as leading Indian scientists established research institutes that became centers for the development of computer science and techlogy. The miracle of Indian IT is actually a story about the long work of converting skills and kwledge into capital and wealth. With The Outsourcer, Sharma offers the first comprehensive history of the forces that drove India's IT success. Sharma describes India's early development of computer techlogy, part of the country's efforts to achieve national self-sufficiency, and shows that excessive state control stifled IT industry growth before ecomic policy changed in 1991. He traces the rise and fall (and return) of IBM in India and the emergence of pioneering indigeus hardware and software firms. He describes the satellite communication links and state-sponsored, tax-free techlogy parks that made software-related outsourcing by foreign firms viable, and the tsunami of outsourcing operations at the beginning of the new millennium. It is the convergence of many factors, from the tradition of technical education to the rise of entrepreneurship to advances in communication techlogy, that have made the spectacular growth of India's IT industry possible.
- Author BiographyDinesh C. Sharma is a journalist and author with thirty years of experience reporting on science, technology, and innovation.
- Author(s)Dinesh C. Sharma
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication17/04/2015
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleHistory of Computing
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note18 b&w photos
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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