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Gartner Says India Software Market to Grow 12.8 Percent in 2017

Analysts to Explore Industry Trends at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, November 15-18
, in Goa, India

Bangalore, India, 17th  November, 2016 — India software revenue is forecast to total $5.8 billion in 2017, a 12.8 percent increase from 2016 estimates of $5.2 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is in comparison to Gartner’s forecast for 2017 global spending for enterprise software will be $357 billion in constant U.S. dollars, with growth of 7.2 percent over 2016.

“Emerging digital business strategies are changing enterprise organizations’ buying behaviors in India and accelerating the demand for technology innovations and outcome-based solutions”, said Bhavish Sood, research director at Gartner. “New ways of monetizing the value being delivered, such as revenue-sharing models, are also evolving.”

The computer software and hardware vertical 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 to the same period last year. Gartner expects these investments to gather further momentum toward the end of 2016. “Make in India” is set to boost the manufacturing sector, as well as make it easier to attract investment, and “Digital India” is focused on creating digital infrastructure, digital delivery of services and increased digital literacy.

Infrastructure software spending in India is projected to surpass $3.4 billion in 2017 (see Table 1), a 10.2 percent increase from 2016. Enterprise application software spending is forecast to grow 16.8 percent in 2017.

Table 1
India Enterprise Software Spending Estimates (Millions of U.S. Dollars in Constant Currency)
Infrastructure Software
Enterprise Application Software
Total Revenue
Growth (%)
Source: Gartner (November 2016)

“Indian CEOs want IT to move from the back-office to driving revenue. Aggressive digital business strategies are putting pressure on CIOs to have a direct impact in business outcomes like growth, customer experience and profitability. CIOs are being asked to increase the business value that IT is able to deliver, and equally important, to quantify it,” said Mr. Sood. “The CEO and business management wants IT to move from a predominantly back-office focus to become a front-office centric organization that directly impacts business outcomes like growth, customer experience and profitability. This is often in the context of an aggressive digital business strategy within a growing number of enterprises.”

At Goa, this year the focus is on the execution or implementation of digital business strategy, along a journey that has been four years in the making. Starting with the Nexus of Forces at Symposium four years ago – the foundation for today’s digital business – we move to a strong focus on the ‘how’ of putting a digital business together in this year’s Symposium.

Key elements of enabling infrastructure like the digital business platform will be unveiled this year, which will enable CIOs to create the right foundation to support the business agility required in a rapidly evolving digital business environment.

About Gartner Symposium/Itxpo
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