I recently attendes a lecture given by Dr. Faqir Chand Kohli, who is widely regarded as the father of the Indian IT industry. I'll try to blog more on the lecture later, it was a remarkable 60 minutes. One point Dr. Kohli made was that within India there are 23 official languages. Going further he pointed out that many of Indias' over one billion citizens speak only one language, and a relatively low percentage speak english, one of those 23 and the language in which most business is done. Dr Kohli suggested that the issue of language and the inherent barrier it represents to technology use will become a key focus for the software industry in india and around the world in the next few years. I know from first hand experience that in places such as South Africa this is already the case, with major efforts under way to provide software loads (from the operating system up to the end user applications) which function effectively in the users native language.
Food for thought for all of us ... if our users can't understand our software then little else matters.[Read More]
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