73% of companies surveyed consider GlobalSight a viable TMS contender
Frederick, Maryland USA – February 10, 2009 – A month after the launch of GlobalSight 7.1, an open-source Translation Management System (TMS), 395 language industry professionals have downloaded the product to test its merits as a low-risk, open-source alternative to proprietary TMS software for managing, translating and delivering global business content. In a recent survey conducted by Welocalize, 73% of companies who have downloaded the product consider GlobalSight 7.1 a promising TMS contender for their organization and plan to continue evaluating the product.
The GlobalSight community has grown by 40% since the beginning of January, with a total of 540 enrolled members. Product downloads have consisted of Language Service Providers (LSPs) at 36% and enterprise organizations at 18%, with the remainder coming from translators, technology providers, developers and other organizations.
GlobalSight’s first month on the open-source market has also marked the foundation of a reliable issue tracking and resolution mechanism, converting real-time community feedback into product and process improvements. Based on issues logged and questions posted by the community in January on www.globalsight.com, the GlobalSight development team already has released 2 patches to GlobalSight 7.1.
To further accommodate the GlobalSight early adopters, Welocalize is hosting a GlobalSight User Support Webinar in March. This training session will highlight best-practices for installing and deploying GlobalSight 7.1, by walking through basic system requirements, configuration guidelines for software and 3rd party components, project set-up and common user scenarios. The GlobalSight team will also offer some tips to help speed-up the installation time and make use of the web services API for extending the functionality.
“We are thankful for the regular feedback received by the community,” says Gary Prioste, VP of Technology Services at Welocalize. “Their comments have guided us in updating the user documentation and making some quick fixes to the product within only a month of the launch. The community has also helped us catalogue and prioritize product enhancements moving forward. We are grateful for these early adopters and are happy to offer a free support webinar to help improve their user experience.”
GlobalSight is a collaborative, open source initiative to develop a flexible and sustainable Translation Management System (TMS) that leverages the best ideas and addresses the true needs of the industry. In this non-captive community, participants are free to discuss, discover and build upon a translation process automation tool that provides choice and flexibility—and can be shared by all.
The direction and development of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative is dictated by community members. For more information and to join the community, please visit www.globalsight.com.
Welocalize offers integrated globalization services for the fluid and rapid deployment of enterprise content and applications to international markets. In response to unique customer needs, we provide globalization consulting, translation, localization and testing solutions that manage risk, improve repeatability and ensure transfer of knowledge from project to project.
Our clients include Autodesk, Inc.; Canon; Cisco Systems; Computer Associates; IBM; Microsoft; Sun; Symantec and Xerox. With over 400 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains 9 offices in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Japan and China . Please visit www.welocalize.com for more information.