IBM wants to involve India's skilled developers and wants them to work on technologies such as Cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and emerging technologies such as Blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things) and quantum computing. Interestingly, India has around 4 million developers and 10 per cent of the global application development is from India.
Experts from IBM, who attended the IBM Code Day in Bengaluru, strongly vouched for the use of open source software saying that a large number of developers can develop applications on top of the open source. Apparently, the IBM Code Day was organized to strengthen the company's commitment to the developer community in India. The daylong event was also aimed at enhancing the developer community's specific skills and help them gain hands on experience in the latest technology.
Currently, IBM is working with many companies in India and around 289 startups are involved in developing things around IBM Watson, including consumption of this technology. “Around half a dozen enterprises in India are using Watson technology. For instance, we are working closely with some insurance companies in India and are helping them in analysing weather data so that they can know the crop pattern and thereby serve the rural population and design their policies accordingly. Similarly, we have worked with a few big designers and are helping them in creating different design patterns and we have also worked with the Manipal Group who are consuming Watson for healthcare purposes. We are also into education and also working with different state governments in the country,” remarked Nipun Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer, IBM-India and South Asia.
The company have also collaborated with different educational startups in India to upskill and reskill developer community in India. “We have enhanced partnerships with educational start-ups to supplement the formal university curriculum by providing immersive curriculum on IBM technologies such as Data Science Experience (DSX), Watson IoT, Cloud, AI, Analytics via a choice of media such as online, internships, and technology hackathons. While the bulk of the learners are from the student community of engineering colleges and B-schools, there are also individual learners and enterprise developers who benefit from the programmes as they upskill themselves,” added Mehrotra.