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welocalize unveils open source roadmap for globalsight

Enterprise-class translation management software available to public in January

Frederick, Maryland, USA – October 7, 2008 – Welocalize today releases an open source roadmap for its GlobalSight Translation Management System (TMS). With a target date of January 5, 2009, GlobalSight will be the first open source TMS product that provides an easy-to-use and scalable translation management platform specifically tailored for companies to manage, translate and deliver global content.

Since the launch of GlobalSight ( www.globalsight.com) in July of this year, Welocalize has committed to releasing a stable and robust, open source TMS to the public. A twelve-person development team has been working on transitioning the product to open source by replacing several third-party software components with open source equivalents. The team successfully completed the initial open source build on September 27, and is on target to complete the final release:

October 20: Alpha release

November 20: Beta release

November 20 – December 31: Integration Testing

January 5, 2009: Final Release

“GlobalSight is a robust, enterprise-class TMS product with over 1.5 million lines of source code,” explains Gary Prioste, VP of Technology Solutions at Welocalize. “Not only are we replacing the underlying technology, but we are also refreshing and improving some of the core functionality, including fine-tuning the content adapters to ensure GlobalSight supports the latest data formats, and optimizing the workflow component. The first open source build was a success, and we are confident we will meet our release date in January.”

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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