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Posted by Manish Bahl on February 5, 2013
Thirty software product members of NASSCOM, the industry association for the IT BPO sector in India, announced that they would form a group to expand the software ecosystem in India: the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table, or iSPIRT. The key driver behind this development appears to be NASSCOM’s limited focus on software product companies in India. iSPIRT plans to:
I view this development as an interesting and timely move. Today, the pressure of meeting business expectations demands that end user firms harness more creative software capabilities wherever they can find them. Nevertheless, it will not be easy for iSPIRT to make an impact on the industry, for several reasons:
Software product companies constitute slightly more than 21% of NASSCOM’s membership portfolio (300 product companies out of a total of 1,400 members), and NASSCOM can’t ignore the interests of that large a segment of its membership. I believe this development will push NASSCOM to adopt a more proactive approach toward the domestic market and focus more on smaller organizations in India.
What’s your view on iSPIRT? Do you think it can find a way forward? Will it merge or integrate with NASSCOM at a later stage?
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