Book on Indian infotech history, wins global prize


Dinesh Sharma, has been honoured with the 2016 Computer History Museum Book Prize of the US-based Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society (SIGCIS). The award which includes a $1000 cash prize is for his 2015 work, The Outsourcer: The Story of India's IT.

The book published by MIT Press (US) at $29.95, is an abridged and updated version of 'The Long Revolution' written by Sharma in 2009. He is a well known Delhi-based science journalist and author.

It is an account of the rise of the Indian infotech industry, and the creation of the global Brand India, with foreign technology companies—starting with Texas Instruments—basing their software development teams in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, etc.It traces the story of how Indian entities like TCS, Wipro, Cognizant and Infosys, took on global giants and became respected brands names.

It is available in India from Amazon and other online sellers for around Rs1400.

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