welocalize joins IBM in creating partnership to deliver open-source translation tools

Open-source & open standards combination promises to transform the translation supply chain into an open eco-system

Frederick, Maryland USA – June 28, 2010 – IBM today announced a partnership with Welocalize, LISA (Localization Industry Standards Association), Cisco and Linux Solution Group (LiSoG) to create an open-source version of IBM’s TranslationManager/2 (TM2) to be called OpenTM2. TM2 is a widely used enterprise-level translation workbench for professional translators.

“There is a recognized and growing need for standards in the localization industry. However, despite our best intentions, standards themselves can often be vague and open to multiple interpretations. What is needed are reference implementations and reference platforms that serve as concrete and unambiguous models in support of the standard,” acknowledged Bill Sullivan, IBM Globalization Executive. Mr. Sullivan suggests, “Freelance translators are the backbone of the localization industry. These translators have longed for free and open translation tools to increase their productivity. Our expectation is that by providing OpenTM2 in the open source environment we can enlist the aid of this army of dedicated users to bring OpenTM2 even closer to the realization of a flexible open platform to mature data exchange standards our industry desperately needs.”

The integration of content authoring and management tools with translation tools requires a common data-exchange format, a set of standards and open APIs in order to create a flexible and extensible translation eco-system. With LISA leading the way on documenting and promoting open standards and IBM and its partners building a working demonstration of the open translation eco-system supported by GlobalSight, the partnership promises to transform the translation supply chain.

“Translation memory is the most widely used tool in our industry, and this open-source, IBM TM2 initiative unlocks the base of our supply chain. Open collaboration, integration and standard data-exchange formats will drive our industry to new heights, and this initiative will help lead the way,” predicts Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “In coordination with IBM and its partners, Welocalize plans an open-source; standards based integration between open-source content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla, OpenTM2 and its open-source translation management system, GlobalSight.”

LISA expects this OpenTM2 initiative to revolutionize the ecosystem and bring real business value to clients, service providers and consumers.

“The announcement of OpenTM2 is a critical step toward providing a true open exchange environment for translation software technologies,” said Arle Lommel, LISA’s head of Open Standards Activities. Teaming up with industry thought leaders, LISA is excited to announce the OpenTM2 project website, http://www.opentm2.org

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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