While India is yet to reach close to developed regions like the US and UK in terms of market growth, Gartner has reported that the technology lag in India continues to narrow. The research firm has also highlighted that more local vendors across the ICT (information and communications technology) are foraying into both emerging and mature technology segments like Internet of Things (IoT) and software-as-a-service (SaaS).
In its “Hype Cycle for ICT in India 2016“, Gartner has identified 25 key technologies that are most relevant for the IT field in India. The annual report shows that trends like DevOps and Crowdsourcing are at their innovation stage. At the same time, it mentions IoT and software-defined data centre at the peak of inflated expectations whereas enterprise mobility, disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS), digital commerce platforms, big data and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) are close to the trough of disillusionment.
“India has evolved from an ICT environment that was about 18 months to two years behind global trends at the start of the decade, to one in which most trends are in sync with global trends,” said Santhosh Rao, principal research analyst at Gartner, in a statement.
Of the total 25 technologies featured in the report, DevOps and crowdsourcing emerged as the latest ones for the Indian ICT market. DevOps is aimed to help organisations build an agile and flexible bridge between the development and operation functions of IT. A large number developers are opting DevOps as their career option.
After DevOps, it comes crowdsourcing. This aims to deploy multiple contributors for developing and improving apps and platforms. Gartner lists crowdsourcing in four key areas: crowdsourced communities for application development services, innovation platforms, hackathons and initiatives by the local and central government.
Gartner predicts that investments across various software and hardware segments in the country will grow in the coming future.
“The computer software and hardware segments had a foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow of $5.9 billion during the period from April 2015 to March 2016. This is an increase of nearly 150 percent compared with the same period last year, and Gartner expects these investments to gather further momentum toward the end of 2016,” said Pankaj Prasad, principal research analyst at Gartner.