Today, the developer ecosystem in India is the second largest in the world, and by 2019, it will be the largest in the world. 

There are about 18.2 million software developers worldwide, a number that is due to rise to 26.4 million by 2019, a 45% increase, says Evans Data Corp. in its latest Global Developer Population and Demographic Study.

Today, the U.S. leads the world in software developers, with about 3.6 million. India has about 2.75 million. But by 2018, India will have 5.2 million developers, a nearly 90% increase, versus 4.5 million in the U.S., a 25% increase though that period, Evans Data projects.

India is ready and Social!   It is the land of Creativity, Bollywood and rich Social Networks!

India is land with rich cultural heritage, creativity and vibrancy. Bollywood is a testimony of that.  Last time I was in India, it was my birthday and we celebrated in style with the great music and people!  The soft power of India is visible on the world map. The nation of young developers has risen to the opportunity that a smarter planet can offer them.

In preparation for a business trip to India, I tweeted about my excitement and energy to spend some time in India as I’ve seen it grow as an emerging and innovative country. I have visited India before, meeting with customers and being the keynote speaker at industry leading events. I arrived in India after a long flight and nightmare experience in baggage claim. The hotel seemed like a reprise and all thoughts were focused on collapsing into sleep.

When I arrived at the hotel around 11 p.m., the hotel general manager told me that he had put the “group” waiting for me in a conference room, because it had become too large for the lobby. I was not expecting any group and made sure I told the IBMers from the region to greet me in the morning as to not