Round Peg, Square Hole

We have touched upon interoperability in our terminology lifecycle management posts, but today we arrived at a major milestone with our back-end tool, so it’s time for a second helping. It may seem redundant to develop our own software that converts and manages data, when solutions that are available in every LSP’s toolbox, such as qTerm, MultiTerm or Swordfish handle conversion as well to a certain extent. On the bright side, their interoperability capabilities satisfy straightforward and elementary processes; however, as complexity rises, their limitations become apparent.

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There is a strong sense that the economic, cultural and political landscape is becoming more deeply integrated and interdependent. Nonetheless, the metrics and data collection frameworks for measuring the patterns and structures that are taking shape are still in development and being tested. Today, there is no consensus as to how globalization should be measured, let alone how pervasive the process is. Different schools attest to different views whether globalization has already rendered the world flat in terms of information, people and capital flow. Certain data points show that cross-border differences and locality play a more significant role than most of us would guesstimate:

  • International calls, including internet telephony lingers at only 6%;
  • The population of first generation immigrants still doesn’t exceed 3%;
  • Direct cross-border investments peaked at 9% in 2012;
  • The export/GDP ratio is at 30%; however, accounting for multiple counting of relations the number is likely around only 20%

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A man who needs no introduction, Renato Beninatto writes in his January post about the zeitgeist of the industry, as he does every year. As Renato puts it, 2013 might be a year for evolution, rather than revolution, when things are settling down. While we are standing in anticipation for the next big thing, let’s put on our mythbusting cap, and look into the tropes of today’s localization world. In the upcoming series of posts, we check on the evolutionary state of the most prevalent, already mature concepts. And when the revolution comes, we hope they won’t be the first against the wall either.principe_collaborate_2M Continue reading

Benefits of a Unified Localization Pipeline

After having set off on various tangents about terminology lifecycle management that caters to a truly niche but savvy audience, let’s keep it lean and tight today with a case study about how a unified localization pipeline:

  • Reduced validation overhead
  • Ensured consistency between cross-dependent translations running in parallel
  • Facilitated collaboration
  • Resulted in quicker turnaround times and 15% growth in the translation output
  • Streamlined maintenance processes and thus reduced individual project costs
  • Cleared up roles and responsibilities

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