My observation about the Kolkata IT Ecosystem

I left NASSCOM, the apex body of Indian Software Industry on 31st March 2013 and have been associated with IIF, the apex body of the Indian Foundry Industry. Since then, I have been observing the Kolkata IT ecosystem as an outsider but more closely and more clearly.

Here are few of my observations:

  1. I saw two 5+ years old companies becoming dormant.
  2. For startups, there are only very few good mentors in the market. One person who is really putting in a lot of effort is – Mr. B. Hari
  3. Some of the emerging IT companies who are doing great work and needs a special mention are – Honcho, CapitalNumbers, Xenis, High Position,  TechShu, AMS Technologies. Trust me you will learn a lot working with the team. My intuition is that very soon they will overtake quite a few number of established companies (15 years old)
  4. Best designing startup in the town currently with sound knowledge of designing is – The Thinking Hats
  5. In the BPO segment, Limtex is the best.
  6. Among the mid-level companies RS Software is still at the top with the best infrastructure. This is the only company with Rs 200 Crore plus turnover.
  7. FACT is the only product company from Bengal who are growing day by day and they have an awesome customer service.
  8. I meet a lot of IT entrepreneurs but I must mention about Atul Gupta, CEO, Insync – he is focused and he implements the right things at the right time  🙂

I also thank 2 social media group members who are always extending help and support to the community whenever required

  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kolkataitstartup/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kolkatait/

(I will share about few more very shortly)

SocIeTy

I know the title looks odd but there is certainly an inner meaning to it. After few requests from my well wishers, I thought of sharing my views on the young “Indian IT Industry”.

The next immediate question in the mind will be why the title is written as “SocIeTy”.  To understand this you need to read through  this first post of my blog. Before I start, let me inform you that my views are based on the following:

  1. Daily interactions with industry (IT) people
  2. Spending some time with common people on the road
  3. Mixing with friends, relatives
  4. Reading books,newspapers and journals

If you see the meaning of society in Wikipedia it states: “A society, or a human society, is a group of people related to each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or virtual territory, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.” You will also get to read lot of other definitions of ‘Society’ by various world renowned sociologists, philosophers and leaders.  Even there are diverse type of societies, but, I am not digging much into the details. So let us accept that we are currently living in the age of “information society” and this society is slowly evolving into a “knowledge society” but I am not sure how much time will it take for this transition to complete.

Our IT Industry is young and vibrant with an average age of employees working in this sector is approximately 27 years. We have some brightest engineers and entrepreneurs working in this industry (currently 2.5 million).  Now let me pause for a moment and ask you these questions (which I have encountered many times) “Does the Indian IT Industry” really understand Society? Does this Industry know the problem of our society?  Can technology really address the issues of the society? When will the Indian IT companies build “some solutions” for the Indian society?  What is stopping them or who is holding them back?

And before you try to find out the answers or encounter similar kind of questions take a deep breath and ask yourself “are we attached more to technology and detached from society?” When was the last time you have spent some time with the people on the road, travelled in buses and auto rickshaws, gone to the nearby market to observe the behaviour of the consumers and sellers, spoken with normal people in their language and tried to find out their problems, took some time to explain your parents and grandparents about IT, motivated some young students to join the IT Industry?