India can well become the 'software superpower' of the world by 2020, but all depends on investments in workforce development and country-level infrastructure, a report by IT research firm Gartner said.
The report on the information and communication technology sector analyses three probable scenarios for it, which requires new investments in education and infrastructure development for supporting continued growth.
The scenario considered most promising in the future envisages the country to become the global leader in IT innovation by the end of the next decade.
"The third scenario is most probable. Here, India is most likely to become the software superpower of the world by 2020, provided the country's infrastructure and soft skill development is completed as per plans and India continues to maintain its competitive advantage," Gartner's Distinguished Analyst Regional Research Director (India) Partha Iyengar said.
In this scenario, India would have world-class infrastructure and innovative business-centred workers who graduate from college in sufficient number and quality to meet the needs of the domestic and global export market, the report said.
At present, the United States is considered the leader in IT software, with the country boasting of giants such as Microsoft, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Cisco.