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welocalize forms steering committee for globalsight open source initiative

Industry thought leaders to drive next generation tool

Frederick, Maryland, USA – September 08, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, and 12 industry thought leaders have joined together to spearhead the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative. The GlobalSight Steering Committee is promoting collaboration to create a competitive enterprise-class, open source Translation Management System (TMS).

Representatives from AOL; Autodesk Inc.; Cisco Systems; EMC; NetApp; Sun Microsystems and TIBCO are participating on the committee and include recognized leaders in the GILT industry. Member profiles will soon be available on the GlobalSight website.

The committee held its inaugural meeting on Thursday, August 14 and generated ideas for the strategic direction and technology roadmap of the product, and for potential requirements in a changing industry landscape looking a few years ahead.

Typical open source start-up decisions were considered including strategy for open source licensing, governance, product development and community building. Near-term goals are to evaluate the current product feature set and industry landscape, and select a course of action that will thrive in a collaborative, open source community.

“The first Steering Committee meeting clearly demonstrated the overarching sentiment among clients,” explains Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Solutions at Welocalize. “That an open source TMS is welcomed news, but must go above and beyond the capabilities of current generation systems in trying to meet the sophisticated needs of enterprise clients. The steering committee brings together some of the best minds in the industry to collaborate and innovate.”

“The localization industry needs tools that recognize that organizations vary in roles, processes, development technologies and media and publishing formats,” explains Tex Texin, Internationalization Technical Director at NetApp and member of the GlobalSight Steering Committee. “A single vendor cannot anticipate and support all of the desired variations. However, through an open modular design and a highly public or exposed API, organizations can depend on the customizability of a powerful TMS to fit how their organization works, and not require reorganizing the company to match the tool, as sometimes happens today. I am pleased that Welocalize has assembled other like-minded individuals interested in making this a reality and am glad to be on the committee.”

About GlobalSight

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.

About Welocalize

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.

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