welocalize opens up integration testing for globalsight

Steering committee and LSPs participate in beta testing of open source TMS

Dublin, Ireland USA – December 11, 2008 – Less than one month prior to the release of the open source GlobalSight Translation Management System (TMS), Welocalize opens the door to the beta version of the software by inviting members of the community to participate in the final integration testing. Participants include four members of the Steering Committee: AOL, Autodesk, Salesforce.com and Sun Microsystems, and four Language Service Providers (LSPs): Afghan Translation Service, Applied Language Solutions, Lloyd International Translations and VistaTEC.

The Beta Testing period begins today and will run until January 4, one day shy of the product launch. From www.globalsight.com, participants will be downloading the software package, reviewing the installation instructions and documentation on third-party applications, and reporting bugs using the issue tracking functionality. Both Windows and Linux versions of the GlobalSight software will be tested at user sites. Participants will not only be testing the software, but all of these related components.

“GlobalSight is an open source product, and we are serious about involving the community as soon as possible,” explains Gary Prioste, VP of Technology Services at Welocalize. “The eagerness and enthusiasm of participating Enterprises and LSPs has been extremely encouraging. We’re hoping it will be a mutually beneficial experience. The open beta testing marks the first step in a true open source development model for GlobalSight.”

“Traditionally a pioneer of localization technology and processes, Autodesk has always tried to influence where the localization industry as a whole is heading,” explains Mirko Plitt, CMS Team Manager at Autodesk and member of the GlobalSight Steering Committee. “Drawing from our in-depth and large-scale experience with commercial TMS solutions, we have now a keen interest in contributing to what is one of the most promising technology initiatives in the localization arena today.”

“VistaTEC is passionate about technology. We have repeatedly been able to demonstrate enhancement to process and quality; improved integration and collaboration; and additional reliability and robustness in our service offerings,” states Phil Ritchie, Chief Technology Officer at VistaTEC. “We have always asserted our independence and commitment to providing client-centric solutions. What better way to illustrate this than by showing our interest in and involvement with GlobalSight.”

“We are very excited about GlobalSight and strongly believe that it will change the way translation business is conducted. We encourage all LSPs to adopt GlobalSight and support this initiative to bring change in the industry,” comments Sultan Ghaznawi, President of Afghan Translation Service.

“We have always been at the forefront of technology in the technical translation area, using innovative technology tools to streamline processes,” states Mike Lloyd, Chairman and CEO of Lloyd International Translations. “We fully recognise the value of an open source TMS and are keen to participate in the testing of GlobalSight, a solution that we believe fully complements our policy of offering bespoke solutions to each and every one of our clients.”

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.

welocalize and clay tablet partner on integration of open source translation management system

Open source TMS is now “open to any source”

Boston, Massachusetts, USA – December 2, 2008 – The forthcoming GlobalSight open source Translation Management System (TMS), sponsored by Welocalize, will provide support for Clay Tablet 2.0 to enable connectivity to a wide variety of content management systems (CMS) or content repositories. This approach ensures “out of the box” connectivity to a wide range of CMS’ and integration possibilities with most others.

GlobalSight will launch on January 5, 2009 as the first open source TMS product that provides a scalable translation management platform for companies to manage, translate and deliver global content. Current development efforts have focused on transitioning the product to open source by replacing several third-party software components with open source equivalents.

“As we are approaching our launch date to release a more scalable version of GlobalSight, we cannot meet all requests for enhancements – those will be addressed by the open source community,” explains Gary Prioste, VP of Technology Services at Welocalize. “However, from our conversations with the community, we’ve discovered that a top priority for 2009 is integration with external content repositories and business processes. Clay Tablet 2.0 provides a neutral and prevalent platform to connect with a wide variety of content repositories. By using the Clay Tablet SDK, GlobalSight users will be able to connect quickly and easily to their content management system of choice.”

“We’re very excited to help with this unique initiative,” commented Clay Tablet Technologies CEO and founder, Robinson Kelly. “GlobalSight users will be able to use our widely available SDK to create connections to any suitable CMS or content repository, speeding development for efficient content connections to GlobalSight. Clay Tablet’s neutral, any-to-any approach to connectivity perfectly echoes Welocalize’s commitment to open-source translation management, giving clients a broad range of easily implemented, affordable solutions.”

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.

welocalize holds public demo and open forum on globalsight

Introductory webinar on open source TMS addresses critical topics

Frederick, Maryland, USA – October 31, 2008 – Welocalize will hold a public demo and open forum on GlobalSight, an open source Translation Management System (TMS), on November 24, 2008 starting at 4 PM (GMT). This free webinar is open to all interested parties and is a follow-up to the recent North American GlobalSight Community Meeting held at the Localization World conference in Madison.

The GlobalSight meeting at Localization World generated a standing-room-only crowd, where many clients and language service providers requested to be included in the beta testing of the GlobalSight product prior to its release on January 5, 2009. Participants welcomed a non-captive, enterprise-class TMS solution with no license fees, and were eager to confront enduring challenges concerning the total cost of ownership, the level of support and participation from an open source community, and the capacity to meet large-scale industry demands.

To follow the Localization World meeting and accommodate those unable to attend, the webinar on November 24 will kick-off with a comprehensive demo and competitive analysis of the GlobalSight TMS, along with program and community updates. The session will then open-up to a broader discussion and tap into the collective intelligence of the community—now with 170 members—to address the aforementioned topics and critical success factors to drive an open source TMS initiative forward. To register and learn more about this event, please visit www.globalsight.com.

“To be clear, the objective of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative is to revolutionize the way products and services are delivered in our industry,” explains Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “We are putting our company out in front as a leader in a critical area of technology to support services that will truly reshape the industry within the next 5 years. Our actions are dictated by our clients, and they are telling us they want innovation; they want choice; they want to collaborate with service providers and other clients to increase speed and quality; they want to see leaders make these objectives reality; and they are ready and willing to support these initiatives.”

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.

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.

first globalsight community meetings announced

Open invitation to all interested in breaking new ground

Frederick, Maryland, USA – September 11, 2008 – The GlobalSight Steering Committee has organized Community Meetings in 2008 to engage the greater GILT (Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation) industry in a discussion on building an open source platform for managing, translating and delivering global content.

The GlobalSight Open Source Initiative (www.globalsight.com) was launched in July as a non-captive, open source community to drive the development of a collaborative platform to support the needs of translators, developers, technology providers, language service providers and clients. In the past 6 weeks, over 130 participants have signed-up to join and learn more about how they may collaborate to innovate and contribute to the development of a flexible, sustainable and open source Translation Management System (TMS) that addresses the true needs of the industry. North American and European GlobalSight Community Meetings are planned around the following esteemed GILT events: Localization World in Madison, Wisconsin on October 13-15 and the LISA Forum Europe Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland on December 8-12. The North American meeting will be part of the Localization World pre-conference workshops on Monday, October 13. The European meeting will take place after the LISA Forum on Thursday, December 11. Registration for both is free and open to community members, the GILT industry and any other interested parties. First and foremost, these meetings will address the critical success factors for the future of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative in the GILT industry. They will begin with a comprehensive demo and competitive analysis of the GlobalSight TMS, a product roadmap for open source migration and program/community updates. Further discussions will involve panels on the current state of TMS, adherence to industry standards, integration with key business processes, and open source community models that best leverage knowledge and innovation in the industry. “The community has grown at an incredible pace,” explains Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Solutions at Welocalize. “We receive questions and suggestions almost daily on open source development and community building. These GlobalSight Community Meetings will provide a setting where we can answer questions directly on product features and roadmap, and, most importantly, bring all interested parties together to share ideas on the direction of the program.” “It is clear that there is a fundamental disconnect in where TMS is heading and what the industry is demanding,” adds Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “The demand from the industry is loud and clear – the future needs to make room for an open source revolution, a non captive platform where all of us in the industry can leverage our collective experience, talent for innovation and history of best practices. The GlobalSight Open Source Initiative offers the platform to organize and execute on these demands. The community meetings offer the first open discussion to put these demands on the map!” 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.

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.

welocalize begins first phase of open source development

Welocalize commits to transition underlying GlobalSight technology to open source

Frederick, Maryland, USA – July 30, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, begins the first phase of open source development on the GlobalSight Ambassador product, an industry-leading Translation Management System (TMS). In order to release the source code to the public, there is a need to re-architect the underlying technology. This involves replacing several third-party software components with open source equivalents for the following functions: Workflow, Database, Object Relationship Mapping, Middleware and Directory Management.

“We have seen an incredible response to the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative from clients and service providers in our industry over the last few weeks,” explains Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “At the top of everyone’s mind is a lasting commitment to vendor independence and, of course, access to the Ambassador source repository. We are working very hard to make both happen.”

Welocalize developers have begun the migration of all commercially-developed technology components to open source equivalents, including Hibernate, JBoss, JBoss jBPM, MySQL and Open LDAP.

“The migration will take between 3-4 months, and a firm open source roadmap will be posted on www.globalsight.com in the coming weeks,” says Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Solutions for Welocalize. “This is a crucial element in committing the GlobalSight Ambassador product to open source. After we convert to a veritable open platform, the source code for Ambassador will be available for download, along with accompanying product specifications and deployment requirements.”

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.

welocalize leads new open-source initiative

Development of GlobalSight Ambassador to be driven by open collaboration

Frederick, MD – July 9, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, today announced the launch of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative: www.globalsight.com. The initiative aims to drive the development of GlobalSight Ambassador, an industry-leading Translation Management System (TMS), through open collaboration. The website provides a platform for all interested parties to learn about the initiative and get involved in the program.

Over US$50 million has been invested in the GlobalSight product over the last 10 years

Welocalize inherited the GlobalSight Ambassador product through the acquisition of Transware in May 2008. The Ambassador Suite originated in 1997 under GlobalSight, a then Seattle-based international web development company. For the next eight years, GlobalSight grew Ambassador from a software tool to develop and maintain multilingual websites, to the industry’s first Translation Management System (TMS) to automate the translation process and leverage previously translated material, all in a collaborative environment. In 2006 Transware acquired GlobalSight and further developed the product to include added features such as an advanced, customizable workflow engine.

“I expect this to be nothing short of the beginning of a revolution in our industry,” exclaims Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “Clients have been held hostage to captive technology solutions that have not met their needs for too long. We plan to open up development of the GlobalSight product and drive innovation through collaboration with clients based entirely on their needs.”

Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Solutions for Welocalize, is leading the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative. “The first step in building our open-source program will be to gather information,” explains Mr. Prioste. “The new website offers a basic foundation for clients and other interested parties to learn about the product and provide preliminary information on their interest in the initiative. As we proceed with the planning and development stages of the program, the GlobalSight website will expand into an interactive, online community that reflects the strategic and tactical objectives of the program.”

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.

welocalize sponsors chaya auction

Community Sponsor of Seattle-based Nonprofit

Frederick, Maryland, USA – June 12, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, was a sponsor to the Chaya Annual Dinner & Auction held in Seattle, WA on Saturday, May 31st. Chaya is a community based nonprofit organization supporting South Asian survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and abuse. Chaya is the only organization in Washington State that offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to South Asian communities.

Chaya held their Annual Dinner & Auction at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle on Saturday, May 31st. The event raises a third of Chaya’s operational budget. All funds raised go directly toward serving the community, as all event costs are covered by sponsors. The Auction brought together over 430 influential community members representing the region’s business and professional communities, including law, medicine, high-tech and bio-tech industries, foundations and social justice organizations, as well as cultural and community-based organizations and survivors of domestic violence.

Welocalize was one of six Community Partners to sponsor the event. “We were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout, and are grateful for the generous contributions of Welocalize and other sponsors,” said Pradeepta Upadhyay, Executive Director of Chaya. “It is truly an honor to have so many people in the community come together to support Chaya and commit to ending violence in our communities.”

“Chaya has done a great job of building a network of people who understand cultural differences and challenge stigmas often associated with domestic violence,” said Chris Grebisz, COO of Welocalize located in Portland, OR. “It is reassuring to know such programs exist right in our backyard. We are honored to be a part of it.”

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.

About Chaya

Chaya is a community-based organization that started in 1996 as a volunteer-led response to South Asian women experiencing domestic violence. Today, it is the only organization in Washington state that offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to South Asian communities, including advocacy-based counseling and support for South Asian survivors of domestic violence, and programs, workshops and events to foster dialog, awareness and mobilization in South Asian communities. To learn more, visit www.chayaseattle.org.

welocalize acquires transware

Combination offers leading eLearning translation and Globalization Management System

Frederick, Maryland, USA – May 29, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, announced today the acquisition of Transware, a leader in learning, marketing and technical localization. This acquisition now positions Welocalize as the leader in translation of learning content and the only mid-tier company with both a global platform and Globalization Management System.

Filling the Technology Gap

With Transware’s Ambassador product Welocalize is now one of a small number of Language Service Providers (LSPs) to offer a complete set of strategic and tactical globalization services, including translation and process automation software. Ambassador 7.0, a web-based enterprise-wide Globalization Management System (GMS), helps customers automate and manage the translation process, from ordering, workflow, review and approval of translation projects.

“Transware has made great strides in the innovative development and delivery of their GMS,” says Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “We are thrilled to have acquired such a solid platform and plan to make a significant investment to expand the capabilities of the technology. The Ambassador GMS tool adds a crucial piece to our strategic solution offerings for customers: an enterprise-class translation process automation tool coupled with our global platform.”

The language technology landscape has experienced tremendous reshuffling and redefinition over the last few years. After historic shifts or vacancies in the independent software vendor space, “the language technology market bounded ahead with innovation from new players,” according to a 2008 report from research firm Common Sense Advisory. The report goes on to say that especially in the aftermath of the SDL-Idiom merger, if anyone is “serious about creating a software business, this is the time to do so.”

A Global, Customer Experience

Transware serves customers in a broad range of industries to release e-learning and training content for global use. Their contributions to the e-learning sphere and exceptional customer service have won the respect of clients such as SkillSoft, Epic, Oracle University, Harvard Business School Publishing, Raytheon and John Deere. “The heart of our service and product delivery model has been a strong account management program” says Devin Lynch, President and CEO of Transware. “Welocalize’s track record has demonstrated this same level of commitment and customer focus. At the same time, Transware customers will now benefit from a 9-office, 5-country, global production platform for more scalable, client-centric and cost-efficient solutions.” Over the years, Welocalize has built a reputable e-learning and training practice ranging from localization of LMS technology to marketing content and multimedia training programs. “Our shared expertise in global learning content management will have a significant impact for enterprises disseminating business-critical learning content worldwide,” says Eugene McGinty, General Manager of Welocalize Ireland. “Enterprise-level customers will benefit from an additional production and management center in Ireland, a key market in our global Hybrid Delivery Model.” 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.

About Transware

Transware Inc. is a leading provider of language translation and localization services. Transware provides these services for over 90 different languages and specializes in the translation and localization of media-rich content such as websites and e-learning applications. Founded in 1996, Transware has globalized thousands of products and materials for industry-leading companies like Cisco, Dell, Guidant, Raytheon, Harvard Business School Publishing, Amgen, ThomsonNetg, SkillSoft, and many others. To learn more, visit www.transware.com.

welocalize to be founding member of TAUS data association

Vice President nominated to Supervisory Board 

Frederick, Maryland, USA – May 21, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, will become a Founding Member of the new TAUS Data Association, a member-owned platform for sharing language data, set to be incorporated on June 30, 2008. Willem Stoeller, Welocalize Vice President, has been nominated to the Supervisory Board, along with representatives from Microsoft, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, and the Canadian Government Translation Bureau.

The objectives of the TAUS Data Association are three-fold: establish a legitimate and secure platform for storing, sharing and leveraging data; provide access to large volumes of trusted language data for increased translation automation; and stimulate industry collaboration to promote harmonization of multilingual terminology.

Jaap van der Meer, director designate of TAUS, explains: “This non-profit organization is based on the principle of reciprocity, where members submit 25% of their own translation memories and have access to a common pool of data that can be used to increase efficiency and quality of services and solutions. By raising the bar for sharing language data, we provide clear benefits to clients and service providers alike: reduced translation costs, shorter time-to-market, product innovation, increased end-user satisfaction and market growth.”

Welocalize is one of the Founding Members of TAUS. Mr. Stoeller has been involved in the TAUS Community since 2006. “The TAUS Community Forum has been successful in driving innovation and automation in the translation industry. I am thrilled that we have graduated to a more legitimate platform for sharing language data on a global scale, and I am honored to be part of this open initiative,” says Mr. Stoeller.

In total 42 organizations in the existing TAUS community have already confirmed their intention to join the Association as Founding Members. The operation will start in July of this year. A General Meeting of all Founding Members will be scheduled where the Supervisory Board will be confirmed through an election.

“The exciting buzz that the TAUS Data Association has created is a reflection of a simple fact: the translation industry is on the verge of a necessary transformation in order to meet the growing demand for translated content in a more responsive and innovative way. Welocalize is excited to be one of the leaders in this change and to be collaborating with such distinguished clients and thought leaders ,” says Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize.

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.

About TAUS

The Translation Automation User Society (TAUS) is a community of users and providers of translation technologies and services. The ambition of the TAUS community is to translate a manifold of content in an increasing number of languages through technology adoption, service innovation and cross-industry collaboration. For more information, please visit www.translationautomation.com.

welocalize acquires sinometrics in seattle

Global mid-tier leader drives forward with eighth acquisition

Frederick, MD and Seattle, WA, United States – February 6, 2008 – Welocalize, Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services, announced today the acquisition of Sinometrics, a multilingual software localization firm based in Seattle. The acquisition—number eight for Welocalize—signifies another major stepping stone in building a great company with first-class talent and customers.

As the largest Seattle-based localization company, Sinometrics has cornered the Seattle market by providing language solutions to technology companies using a value-based service model and a solid technology platform. Their venerable presence and down-the-hall attitude has won Sinometrics significant business from Microsoft and a place as preferred localization service provider for Cisco. “We were immediately impressed by their fresh and forthright approach, and are delighted to join forces in servicing two key customers in the Seattle region,” explains Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize.

“Beyond our mutual clients, both of our companies share remarkably similar cultures, from our internal procedures to the attitudes of our employees,” says Rick Myers, President of Sinometrics. “Our proximity to the Welocalize office in Portland provides us with a great advantage in providing innovative language and technology solutions to our customers, backed by a solid global platform.”

Sinometrics will be working closely with the Welocalize Portland office on a number of customer-focused initiatives, from technology integration to marketing outreach efforts. “Sinometrics is naturally aligned with the objectives and account strategies of our team in Portland,” adds Chris Grebisz, COO of Welocalize. “We look forward to combining talent and efforts from both a production and strategy standpoint.”

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.

About Sinometrics

Sinometrics provides translation and localization services in over 40 languages and assists with the broader globalization process, enabling clients to reach and retain a worldwide audience. The Sinometrics staff consists of expert, native-speaking translators, experienced graphic designers and dedicated project managers with extensive backgrounds in business and technology. Established in 1993, Sinometrics is privately owned and headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit www.sinometrics.com.

welocalize hires new production lead

Multilingual publishing veteran joins solutions-focused production team

Frederick, MD United States, February 1, 2008 – Welocalize Inc., a leading provider of integrated globalization services with operational centers in five countries, has added Maxwell Hoffmann, a leading publishing expert in the localization industry, to its growing team of expert solution providers. Hoffmann will work out of the Welocalize office in Portland, Oregon.

Hoffmann joins the Welocalize team at a time when customers are demanding cutting edge solutions for their global content needs. With experience managing large-scale publishing solutions, he will play a key role in coordinating project-specific production and designing solutions tailored to customer needs. “Maxwell is a recognized publishing authority and has been active in the localization community for years, on both the client and vendor side,” explains Smith Yewell, Welocalize CEO. “His deep knowledge and talent are illustrative of the individuals we seek to continue building a great company. We are delighted to have him on board.”

With nearly 25 years of desktop publishing experience, Hoffmann has also specialized in multilingual publishing, document conversion, XML and process training in the localization industry for over 10 years. Hoffmann has created single-source publishing solutions for over 15 years, and has trained over 1,250 customers and sales professionals on multi-platform, scalable tech doc solutions and localization best practices. “Welocalize is a great company with a highly talented staff that shares great ideas company-wide,” says Hoffmann. “I am thrilled to be a key team member in this trail-blazing enterprise and look forward to exceeding customer expectations.”

Hoffmann recently served as Manager of Consulting & Training Solutions at ENLASO Corporation, where he provided training and consulting in XML, multilingual publishing, data migration and project management. He also served as Product Marketing Manager and Director of Worldwide Sales Training for FrameMaker at Frame Technology. In 2007, he was designated an Adobe Community Expert on FrameMaker by Adobe Systems, and continues to advise Adobe on product development and marketing.

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.

welocalize appoints new sales director in japan

Growing production center in Tokyo breeds new sales strategy

Frederick, MD United States, January 25, 2008 – Welocalize Inc., a leading provider of Integrated Globalization Services with operational centers in five countries, today announced the further expansion of its Japanese office with the appointment of Terukazu Konishi as Director of Sales in Japan. Mr. Konishi, an industry veteran with experience ranging from business development to localization solution engineering, will lead the new sales division in Tokyo.

Since the opening of a new production unit in July 2007, the Welocalize Japan office has been growing with steadfast speed in response to customer needs and shifting market trends. Welocalize Japan has provided customers with a Tokyo-based production house aimed to meet the high-quality language demands and local, in-country communication needs of multinational customers. “We are thrilled to have Terukazu join the team during this momentous time,” says Smith Yewell. “His excellent sales and account management experience will be a crucial asset to servicing the production and communication needs of our customers in Japan. Also, as more Japanese companies shift from a single language to a multi-language solution, Welocalize is in a perfect position to manage a full range of languages and services through our eight production and business units worldwide.”

As the lead sales strategist for the Japanese market, Mr. Konishi will position Welocalize as a hybrid single and multi-language solution provider to meet the unique needs of Japanese customers, offering translation from and into Japanese. At the same time, he will continue to serve as a liaison between US and Europe-based customers and their regional offices in Japan and the greater Asia Pacific (APAC) region. “I look forward to working with both Welocalize Japan and the entire global team,” exclaims Terukazu Konishi. “Both the Welocalize Japan and China offices have had an excellent track record of providing on-demand support to local customers, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute by crafting custom solutions and steering Welocalize as a prominent localization service provider in the APAC region.”

With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Konishi brings over a wealth of knowledge in the translation and localization industry. His familiarity with both the client and vendor side has produced optimal account management skills with a strong focus on solution engineering and market analysis. Mr. Konishi recently served as Managing Director of Moravia Japan and Director of Sales APAC, where he helped start up the Moravia Tokyo office, contributed to winning projects for Fortune 500 companies and developed multilingual opportunities in both Europe and Japan

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.