Indian IT Sector Is Heading Towards Its Maturity - Bhupendra Kumar Jain

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey. 

I come from a very humble background and belong to a very small village named "Navania" in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. On the professional side, I am a software professional with a techno-functional profile. 

After graduating from NIT Surat in 2006, I have taken various roles in Multinational as well as start-ups and have contributed in building scalable new generation systems & applications using an iterative and incremental approach.

My career trajectory covers a wide terrain involving various places including Hyderabad, Noida & currently Bangalore with different sectors & industries like healthcare & financial services. 

Such a wide and enriching experience has yielded a plethora of opportunities for me to visualize the emerging orientation of the information technology sector and particularly the disruptive and transformational changes which are positively impacting the lives of billions of people across the globe. 

I am sure with the growing convergence of technology and the ability of adaptation, technology can be a real game-changer for this world. The current phase of Covid-19 just reinforces this belief. 

2. How has the Indian software industry grown open the last few years? 

The Indian software industry has witnessed path-breaking transmutation in resonance with the global tech sector. The change is especially crucial as India is no longer viewed as a back-office support provider for cost optimization or a low-cost development center. 

It has rather become a pillar of innovation driving the value-added enhancement for the sector for the global industry. This maturity of the Indian IT sector has helped global companies build operational excellence in their domain and has ultimately helped in ensuring better and affordable access to the real-life application for end consumers across the globe. 

The testimony to this change is the emergence of the start-up ecosystem in India which is now quite comparable with countries like the US and China along with the majority of the fortune 500 companies have one or more of their R&D offices are located in India now. 

The prowess of the Indian IT sector is quite visible in global technology giants where Indian talents have taken the top management positions in the world-leading organizations. As time progresses, I expect more and more global fortune-500 companies to set up R & D centers in India. 

Needless to say that global geo-political factors and growing Indian clout are expediting this process 

3. How has the advent of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning impacted your job? 

The advent of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning had added a new dimension to technology. While there is a popular myth, that it can take away the jobs, these new technologies have the potential to give a paradigm shift to our real-life problems and can provide effective solutions in our day to day life. 

The widespread application of these technologies can provide path-breaking solutions in vital areas like healthcare, education, logistics, etc. From the point of view of a tech worker, I do see that it is disruptive and it will be one of the top industry-leading trends we are seeing in the past decade or so. 

But, in my opinion, humans will continue to do more complicated tasks and subsidiary activities can be executed by using AI & ML. 

4. Your opinion on why the gaming industry will become huge in India? 

The Indian gaming industry is undergoing a massive revolution with the passage of every day. With a favorable demographic factor coupled with the increasing internet penetration and affordable mobile devices, the growth is bound to happen. 

The evolution of the gaming industry in India is well supported by the supply side as a huge talent pool of Indian Engineers not only makes it accessible but also affordable. The ecosystem where both the demand and supply-side factors are buttressing the market, there seems to be no road blocker at least in the foreseeable future. 

I strongly believe that factors like no. of active internet users need for localized content, availability of digital payments, no regulatory bottlenecks, and the tech-savvy young population is perennial catalysts for fueling the demand in this sector. 

So there are more than umpteen reasons why Indian gaming industries will scale new height in the days to come and the interest of global investors in this segment is a validation of this notion. 

5. Your advice to future software engineers. 

As the Indian IT sector is heading towards its maturity, the demand for new skills is growing every day. In this context, it is important for future software engineers to boost their skills and create a wonderful synergy between their academic prowess and industry usability. 

We have seen various concerns emerging from the industry about the lack of skillset that fresh Engineering graduates have. I am reasonably optimistic that our new education policy will turn out to be an effective step towards addressing this industry-academic skill gap. 

As the dynamics of the industry are quite agile, the aspirants are advised to keep updating their skills. As global business transformation is underway at its fastest pace in the last few decades, science, technology, engineering, and Management which is popularly called STEM, will need wide-ranging skill upgradations and old skills might become obsolete. 

The learning curve for all future techies should be the life-cycle of some of the great companies/products which ceased to exist due to their inability to adapt to the new system. I would also like to mention the forcible change being brought by the Covid-19 in this context. 

Hence the need of the hour is to remain extremely flexible and respond to the situation effectively as well as efficiently. 

6. Which is your favorite book and why? 

I am not an avid or a voracious reader of the books(I do read blogs/articles more than the books to keep myself up to date) but there is one book that has inspired me is the book written by Dale Carnegie - "How to win friends and influence people". 

This book very nicely articulates different techniques to deal with people/criticism, how to become a leader, and also talks about what is the secret of success. If we imbibe some of the notions from this book in our day to day life then we will definitely become a good human being and will also be able to make the world a better society for living. 

Bhupendra Kumar Jain 

Staff Engineer, VMware India Pvt Ltd.

Interviewed By - Sandeep Virothu

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