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The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) recently asked machine translation expert Olga Beregovaya, Vice President of Language Tools and Automation at Welocalize, to be the organization’s GALAxy Guest Editor. In the GALAxy Newsletter Q4 2014, Olga provides a fresh perspective on a number of MT trends and hot topics in the feature, Letter from the Guest Editor: MT […]

by Christian Zeh, Welocalize Business Development The big event in the European technical communications industry, tekom and tcworld conference 2014, took place this month in Stuttgart, Germany. I spent three days talking to delegates, clients and vendors and also delivered a presentation in German on the localization of user generated content (UGC) that you can […]

Welocalize recently launched the latest version of open source translation management system (TMS), GlobalSight 8.5.6.  Recently featured on opensource.com, the article “GlobalSight shines with open source in the translation community,” takes a closer look at Welocalize’s TMS system. Welocalize’s Louise Donkor shines a light on open source software (OSS) and shares her reasons as to why OSS […]

Localization Maturity Model in Practice Paula Hunter is Localization Manager at Avigilon and has more than 14 years of experience in the localization industry.  At LocWorld in Vancouver, Paula delivered a joint presentation with Tuyen Ho, Senior Director at Welocalize. The presentation, “From Deep in the Trenches: LMM in Practice” detailed a number of localization challenges and […]

Welocalize specializes in QA and Testing for software and technology.  Recently, MultiLingual Magazine published the Welocalize Whitepaper Multilingual A Bug is a Bug In Any Language. The informative paper outlines the impact of software bugs and the considerations for languages and localization.  Read the entire whitepaper for tips and advice on how to avoid bugs in […]

Monique Nguyen, Welocalize Business Development Director, participated in the 2014 LocLeaders Forum event, which took place at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, October 29, 2014. The semi-annual event is a gathering of localization business leaders who discuss trends, challenges and successes.  In this blog, Monique shares her light-bulb moments from the day’s conversations. […]

An Iconic Concept of the Global Digital Economy? by Joaquín Soler, Vice President of Supply Chain at Welocalize What is crowdsourcing? Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson, editors at Wired magazine, coined the term in 2005 after conversations about how businesses were using the Internet to outsource work to individuals. They gave crowdsourcing its first official definition […]

Elaine O’Curran, Alex Yanishevsky and Olga Beregovaya from Welocalize’s Language Tools and Automation Team presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association of Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA-2014) in Vancouver last month. Elaine O’Curran, Welocalize Training Manager and presenter at AMTA, provides her highlights and insights from the conference. Last week, several members of the Welocalize […]

After many months of hard work, the Welocalize GlobalSight Development team is proud to present the release of GlobalSight 8.5.6. This new version of the popular open-source translation management system (TMS) includes many exciting new features that will delight the GlobalSight community. In this blog, Applications Deployment Manager and GlobalSight champion, Genara Rodriguez, tells us […]

Germany-based Christian Zeh is a Business Development Director at Welocalize. Christian is one of the presenters at tekom and tcworld 2014, taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, November 11-13. In this blog, he shares common challenges to localizing user-generated content (UGC) and solution options. User-generated content (UGC) is the fastest growing content type on the Internet. UGC […]

US-based Elaine O’Curran is Training Manager on the Language Tools and Automation Team at Welocalize. Elaine will be presenting at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association of Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA-2014) in Vancouver this month. In this blog, Elaine gives insight into the translation approach for user-generated content in the travel and […]

The Three Hottest Topics from Brand2Global 2014 Conference Welocalize Business Development Director, Robert Martin, recently attended the Brand2Global Conference in London. Brand2Global is an annual event for professionals who drive global marketing and are responsible for international market share and revenue. In this blog, Robert shares the three hottest topics discussed at the event. This […]

Based at the Welocalize office in Beijing, China, Judy Chen is one of Welocalize’s senior localization managers. In this blog, Judy outlines the key steps to developing a software localization testing strategy. We fully understand that software testing is very important step during the whole localization process. Localization testing is testing of localized products and […]

Every September 30, we celebrate those that unite us around the world through language – our valued translators!   A few fun facts about International Translation Day and the work of translators: International Translation Day was established and first promoted in 1953 by the International Federation of Translators. The day is used to celebrate and promote translation as […]

Innovation is one of Welocalize’s four pillars which form the foundation of everything we do in the localization industry. Steve Maule, Business Development Manager, offers four insights into how to best drive innovation through the localization process. In our industry, we frequently use the word “innovation”. Next month’s Localization World and TAUS events in Vancouver feature […]

Welocalize Technical Services Director, Tom Gannon, talks about software localization testing and offers some tips on how to implement a successful testing solution. When a software product is adapted to the linguistic, cultural and technical requirements of a target market, it typically requires extensive testing. There are two types of software testing: Functional Testing and […]

Brecht Buchheister is senior director of Welocalize’s global localization staffing solutions. In this blog, he focuses on the two most important factors in successful onsite localization staffing. The success and viability of the localization staffing business within Welocalize principally depends upon two critical factors: client and employee satisfaction. Seems a bit cliché; however, any person […]

Harnessing the power of the crowd is an important approach for globalization. One of the key trends within the localization industry is the growing demand for crowdsourcing, also known as community translation. You can read more about this trend in Welocalize CEO Smith Yewell’s blog post, Top 3 Disruptive Localization Trends for 2014. In the localization industry, crowdsourcing is different […]

Interview by Louise Law, Welocalize Communications Manager I recently met with John Moran, an experienced translator and programmer who is working on a PhD in Computer Science. John has worked closely with Welocalize and CNGL (The Centre for Global Intelligent Content) for many years. In 2011, Welocalize began its partnership with the Irish-based academia-industry body. Very shortly […]

By Olga Beregovaya, Welocalize VP Language Tools This coming October brings to our industry several exciting events, all of them taking place in the beautiful, vibrant and modern, even futuristic, city of Vancouver (B.C.).  There will be our semi-annual LocLeaders Forum, the TAUS Annual Conference, TAUS Quality Evaluation Summit and Localization World Conference. The conference […]

By Derek Coffey, SVP Technology and Development at Welocalize I recently had the opportunity to test ride a completely new electric motorbike. The folks over at Harley-Davidson invited me to test drive the latest model — Project LiveWire, their electric motorcycle.  Harley-Davidson is not selling this bike yet. They are touring the country offering some […]

According to Common Sense Advisory (CSA), Welocalize ranks as the 9th largest language service provider in the world based on 2013 reported revenues. The June 2014 report Language Services Market: 2014 also recognizes that Welocalize is the 4th largest provider in the US. This is the same position Welocalize held in the June 2013 CSA report. We attribute Welocalize’s […]

When Two Worlds Collide by Huw Aveston and Andrea Barp, Traffic Optimiser In today’s global and digital economy, visibility is crucial for success, on a local, national and global scale. This process of localization consists of three parts: translation, culturalization and visibility optimization. Content must be readable, targeted, accessible and searchable. This is where nuanced multilingual […]

Morgan O’Brien from Intel Security (McAfee Division) took part as a guest panelist on the “Evolving MT” discussion at the Welocalize LocLeaders event in Dublin. Morgan talked about McAfee’s journey to machine translation (MT) and in this blog, summarizes some of his key points. Everyone has to start from somewhere. That usually means starting from nothing. […]

By Jonathan Bowring Jonathan Bowring is the European Localization Director at Canon, based near London. In this blog, he talks about a discussion that took place at the recent Welocalize LocLeaders Forum in Dublin. “What not to translate?” A slightly controversial discussion topic for a gathering of localization professionals. Welocalize LocLeaders attendees devote their working […]

Workshop on Automatic and Manual Metrics for Operational Translation Evaluation London-based Lena Marg is a Training Manager on the Language Tools Team at Welocalize. She is a regular speaker at key localization events on the subject of language tools and machine translation (MT). Lena shares her insights and takeaways from the MTE 2014 conference, the first […]

Client feedback is very important to Welocalize. Twice a year, we survey our clients to gather valuable insights. The input is core to our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence. It is also fundamental to our 4-pillar strategy of innovation, customer service, teamwork and quality. The April 2014 Welocalize Client Survey asked three questions. […]

Welocalize’s Louise Law and Ellen Donaldson recently contributed a feature article titled “Localizing for Brazil: a nation on the rise” for the Multilingual April/May 2014 edition.  The following are some excerpts from the article along with a access to the full version for the article. Recent research by PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that Brazil will become the fourth […]

Antoine Rey, Senior Director of East Coast America, Europe, and Asia Sales at Welocalize, has worked in the localization industry for 17 years. He has been working at Welocalize for the past eight years, helping enterprise clients and global brands to successfully develop and implement localization business and operational models. Antoine is hosting “Gaining Efficiencies […]

Lauren Southers took part in Welocalize’s Intern Program as part of her post-graduate studies at the University of Chester in the UK. She successfully completed her Business Masters in September 2013 and then joined Welocalize’s Global Marketing Team as a full-time employee. Lauren’s success continues as she recently won the prestigious award for Most Outstanding Graduate […]

Every organization that reaches across their borders through words to educate, explain, engage or encourage others to consume their content requires a well-defined global communications strategy. What are the important considerations for defining an effective multilingual communications strategy? 1. Return on Content (ROC). First and foremost to every global communications strategy is how does it […]

By Louise Law, Communications Manager, Welocalize Our recent financial crisis has meant global companies and policymakers needed to re-address the imbalance of an over-reliance on the services industry and in particular, financial services. As our global population continues to rise, alongside living standards, demand for manufacturing and industrial goods will surely grow too. There is […]

The CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content. (“CNGL” stands for Centre for Next Generation Localization) is a collaborative academia-industry research centre. Established in 2007, CNGL combines the expertise of researchers at four Irish universities and localization industry partners to produce tools and technologies. Welocalize is one of CNGL’s industry partners. Welocalize has worked closely with CNGL since […]

“It is a new world. As purchasing increasingly shifts from a physical experience to a virtual one and transaction-based interactions between brands and consumers shift to relationship-based interactions, new skills and sensibilities are needed.” Jez Frampton, CEO, Interbrand. For certain consumer products and services, good old bricks and mortar retail stores seem to be overshadowed […]

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated each year on March 8th. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. The theme for 2014 is Inspiring Change.  The first IWD was held in 1911. There are events taking place around the globe to […]

By Olga Beregovaya, Welocalize VP of Language Tools Returning from Localization World Bangkok, where I presented “Beyond Disruption,” I have taken time to reflect on some of my conversations with attendees, both fellow language service providers and buyers. Takeaway #1:  Everyone is looking for ways to redirect their localization and translation investment to where it is […]

Jonathan Biddle works on the Welocalize Staffing team. He recently traveled to Welocalize’s global headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. Jonathan tells us why he went to Frederick and what happened during his visit. My position within Welocalize is Program Manager, working on Welocalize’s staffing services. We provide our clients with localization personnel. I manage and support […]

The 21st of February is International Mother Language Day. This officially recognized day celebrates language diversity around the world. The objective of the day is to “promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education and to develop a fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.” (UNESCO website). The day was launched […]

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