In the 90's we were predicting that India would be providing the next generation of critical IT skills. Well, that generation has arrived with over 100 companies with labs and facilities that employ IT skills. India is now the number 2 country after the US in number of developers. High tech spending is expected to double in the next few years with
250,000 IT students graduating each year. In the last few years, Bangalore has been leading the way transforming itself to the new 'Silicon Valley' of India.
I returned from Bangalore yesterday after delivering a keynote at the Rational Development conference. Autonomic Computing has a very compelling value proposition to India's rapidly growing IT industry and there was great receptivity from developers and business partners alike.
Bangalore is a land of contrast with new glass and steel buildings rising up with names like Yahoo amidst the concrete and stones of an ancient city. There is a huge advance forward with an infrastructure stretched to the limit with roads and utilities busting at the seams... There is a permanent sign in the hotel elevator that says 'don't worry if the power goes out - it will come back on in 7 seconds.'
The Autonomic team in Bangalore has been in place for just a couple years and already making a significant contribution. I had the chance to meet with the direct team and the extended development group. They have developed & shipped 2 releases of AC Toolkit and provide web based support. They are already planning new projects around the next generation of AC tooling. They are frequent contributors to our developerWorks web page and development portal as well as conferences, papers, patent disclosures, proof of concepts, and demos.
All in all a very impressive team in a very impressive new generation of developers and IT skilled professionals.