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pallavdas 20Jul2004 16:21

China to overtake India in IT soon
WASHINGTON: China is only 3-5 years behind India in software development, steadily closing the gap on the strength of better technology and learning from its competitor's mistakes, says a California-based IT industry expert.

China has also made great progress in teaching English to its citizens -- an effort that has been increasingly strengthening its challenge to India's dominance in computer software development and IT services industry, says Dale L Fuller, President and chief executive of California-based Borland Software, in an interview to Executive Magazine .

Fuller compares India and China in terms of their inexhaustible human resources, costs, their IT and IT-enabled services industries, their telecom infrastructure, and the pace of development in these areas.

China wins hands down over India in its abilities to attract state-of-the-art technology, to learn quickly from its competitors' mistakes and to provide infrastructure and train workers for the IT and IT-enabled services.

China also has lower costs than India's, but that advantage is increasingly waning because of the two countries' inexhaustible human resources, says Fuller.

India wins over China in terms of a huge English-speaking workforce that has created a formidable western-style IT and IT-enabled services industry, but China is catching up so fast that it is now only 3-5 years away.

"China has said that every Chinese will be speaking English within 20 years; they have made big strides," he says.

Fuller cites China's big success in implementing wireless technology in a very short time to make a case for its formidable ability to take on competition from countries far ahead of it.

"They were so far behind (in telecom infrastructure) that they said: "We are not going to lay copper wire all over China. We are going to go wireless. So they are closing the gap (with India). They are three to five years away."

India's big advantage over China is that it is catering to an increasing number of global services industries.

"We see more and more services going to India, the complete service, everything from consulting services to a full customer centre where you have your phone systems set up with people answering them. It is all tied together. Having been established for a while, the Indians have a methodology and a process that is very familiar to those of us in the Western world. China has not really used that and is just now beginning to do it."

Fuller, however, warns India that its processes and methodologies are sliding into obsolescence, whereas China is learning from its neighbour and introducing the newest technologies.

He also expressed his worries over the US educational system of training America's future competitors abroad. "We have an amazing educational system... head and shoulders above anywhere else. The unfortunate part of that is that while it attracts talent from all over the world..., most graduates with engineering degrees are foreign nationals and they don't stay here. One of our biggest exports is the education of our competitors."

Amit Ray 20Jul2004 17:00

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
The facts are all fine but I don't quite agree that in India the processes and methodologies are sliding into obsolescence ... I think the Indians are far from complacent .... and what do you expect, India will remain stagnant for 3 to 5 years and let China catch up !!!!

Well, they have an advantage of starting with newer technologies and learning from mistakes of the peers, but the foundation that India has already made and the experience it can boast of are worth considering too ...

Amit Ray. :)

Perhaps when a man has special knowledge and special powers like my own, it rather encourages him to seek a complex explanation when a simpler one is at hand. ("Sherlock Holmes")

alok 26Jul2004 19:35

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
Hain Buddy,
Indian are known for there intelligence and Neutral Accent:d.Basically in my opinion ,china and no other country in world can beat India in field of IT And IT Enabled services.
remeber one thing "Progarmming is Not a child Play"

vishal sharma 26Jul2004 21:46

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
i think this is not possible coz not only b'coz i'm indian but also b'coz we have what it takes to become super power.

vishal sharma

alok 29Jul2004 12:46

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
yeah that day will come very soon when we become superpower.when people like vishal and amit are present in india to drive india toward Glory

Amit Ray 29Jul2004 13:02

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
India would need more than a couple of Amit s and Vishal s ... we will also need the support of a few Alok s too on the way .... so are you game .. ??

Amit Ray. :)

alok 29Jul2004 13:10

Re: China to overtake India in IT soon
yes i am in game with you and every indian who is supporting india to become superpower

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