GitHub CEO predicts Indian economic boom from convergence of software and AI

Thomas Dohmke

GitHub revealed that there are over 15.4 million developers in India building on GitHub, growing 33% year-over-year (YoY). India is set to pass the United States as the largest developer community on GitHub by 2027.

With this growth, GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke highlighted that India’s burgeoning developer community, combined with the newfound possibilities of AI, will not only accelerate digital transformation, but will drive immense human and economic progress for India.

During his address to technology leaders at GitHub Galaxy Bengaluru, Dohmke said: “Where software developers are, economic growth follows. By 2027, India will overtake the United States as the largest software developer community on Earth. This alone signals incredible prosperity ahead, but there’s more to it. At the same time India’s developer population is booming, the Age of AI has begun.

“Developers are already 55% faster when using Copilot, meaning the software economy, valued globally in the trillions, is moving rapidly faster because of AI. In a way that no other country on Earth can claim: India is on the brink of a great convergence between the world’s largest population of developers and the newfound possibility of AI. If enabled, this great convergence will generate a consequential economic boom in India that could be felt around the world for generations to come.

“India will not just be a global leader, but the global leader in the age of AI. Children and adults alike will learn to code in their native language, leading to a prolonged groundswell of developers. Creativity in Indian open source will flourish, blooming a spring of AI innovations and startups. And Indian businesses will carve a competitive advantage in the global market, as their developers build software with an accelerated speed of code,” Dohmke added.

Enterprises embracing GitHub’s Copilot-powered platform

Today, GitHub Copilot has 1.8 million paid subscribers, and has been adopted by over 50,000 organisations globally. In India, GitHub revealed that it continues to see adoption of its Copilot-powered platform by companies in every industry, including Infosys, Cognizant, MakeMyTrip, and Paytm, surging productivity and the pace of innovation for these businesses.

Mohammed Rafee Tarafdar, CTO at Infosys, said: “At Infosys, we’re passionate about unlocking human potential, and GitHub is a strategic partner in this endeavour. GitHub copilot is empowering our developers to become more productive, efficient, and enabling them to focus more on value creating tasks. Generative AI is transforming every aspect of the software development lifecycle, and using Infosys Topaz assets, we are accelerating Gen AI adoption for our clients. We are excited to work with GitHub to unlock this technology’s full potential and deliver client relevant solutions.”

Prasad Sankaran, EVP, Software and Platform Engineering, at Cognizant, said, “Since adopting GitHub Copilot we’ve seen greater productivity, better software quality, and our developers are able to ship software ahead of the curve. So far, through Cognizant’s Synapse skilling program, 35,000 Cognizant developers have been trained on GitHub Copilot, with an additional 40,000 developers slated to receive training. We’ve seen the impact AI can bring, and that’s why we’re committed to empowering our developers with GitHub Copilot at scale. It’s a proven tool that can bring immense productivity gains, and unlock innovation in brand new ways.”

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO at Paytm, said, “Security was of paramount importance to Paytm, given our range of financial services. To monitor our rapidly expanding public cloud infrastructure, Paytm used to rely on third-party tools. This would end up with delays in provisioning and impacting overall productivity. Using GitHub Copilot, Paytm launched ‘Code Armor’, a solution revolutionising the way we approached security and development.”

Sanjay Mohan, Group CTO at MakeMyTrip, said, “The integration of GitHub Copilot at MakeMyTrip has resulted in substantial productivity gains on several fronts. The coders are spared the boredom of coding up mundane stuff, freeing up time for higher-order problem solving which is core to our business of travel. The quality team spends more time being the real voice-of-the-customer within the organisation, using GitHub Copilot to auto generate unit/integration tests and utilising the efficiency gains towards driving comprehensive edge-case coverage. The DevOps/SecOps teams also gain significant efficiency by employing a ‘shift left’ approach to application security.”


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