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China and India: Opportunities and Threats for the Global Software Industry

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Abstract: The last decade has witnessed the emergence of China and India as the two most significant economies in the global competitive landscape. The prominence of China and India is due not only to rapidly growing local markets but also a phenomenally increasing concentration of economic and innovative activities that is taking place in these two countries. Particularly in the context of the global software industry India has acquired the repute of a leading “software nation,” whereas China is fast gaining ground and emerging as a serious player. Various economic indicators, including the flow of FDI , testify the significance of India and China in the global software industry landscape.

Interestingly, however, the evolution and growth trajectory of the Chinese software industry differs considerably from that of the Indian software industry. This talk provides a comparative analysis of the structure and dynamics of the Chinese and Indian software industries, and discusses implications for the global software industry. Specifically, employing a strategic management perspective, the talk presents competitive assessments of the software industries in China and India, explores their interrelationships, and discusses competitive positioning strategies for the Chinese and Indian software industries. In doing so, the talk presents an analysis of the segmentation within the global software industry and discusses customer- and market-oriented strategies for China and India. Finally, in view of the strengthening foothold of China and India, the talk concludes by discussing implications for the global software industry.

Biography: Deependra Moitra is currently an Associate Vice President and the General Manager for Research at Infosys Technologies, India, where he spearheads research and development on emerging technologies, directs intellectual property commercialization, and advises CXO -level executives on technology strategy and business innovation. Previously, he served as a start-up team member and general manager in Lucent Technologies India R&D Centre, where he was responsible for managing multi-location, multi-cultural software R&D and product development programs. Prior to that, he held various managerial and technical positions in Siemens and Indian Space Research Organization.

Deependra regularly advises multinational companies and venture capital firms, serves on several advisory boards as well as journal editorial boards, and frequently speaks at various forums around the globe. He specializes in global innovation management, technology strategy and business innovation, management of emerging technologies, and services innovation. He is currently completing his PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management. His book China and India: Opportunities and Threats for the Global Software Industry (co-authored) will be released in February 2007.

About Infosys Technologies: Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY ) provides consulting and IT services to clients globally – as partners to conceptualize and realize technology driven business transformation initiatives. With over 69,000 employees worldwide Infosys is one of the pioneers in strategic offshore outsourcing of software services and has leveraged the global trend of offshore outsourcing.

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