welocalize launches open-source globalsight 7.1

Open-source translation management solution available for Enterprises and LSPs

Frederick, Maryland USA – January 06, 2009 – Welocalize yesterday released GlobalSight 7.1, the new open-source version of the enterprise-class Translation Management System (TMS). The GlobalSight software helps automate the critical tasks associated with the creation, translation, review, storage and management of business content and materials, from websites and software, to user manuals and marketing materials. With zero license fees, the open-source GlobalSight TMS provides a low-risk, flexible and sustainable globalization platform at a fraction of the cost of closed-source TMS products in the market today.

The open-source product completed a successful beta testing phase in December with several key companies involved, including AOL, Autodesk, Salesforce.com and Sun Microsystems. GlobalSight product documentation and installation guides have been updated based on feedback from the testing.

The GlobalSight 7.1 release primarily targets two key user groups: global, enterprise companies and Language Service Providers (LSPs).

For organizations with international operations and high-volume, cross-departmental translation management needs that require internal workflow between multiple content stakeholders, GlobalSight provides a centralized and SRX-compliant Translation Memory (TM) for optimized content reuse and a configurable workflow engine. At the same time, GlobalSight integrates the entire Global Content Value Chain (GCVC) through adaptors for content repositories and web services API for external business systems, while permitting partnerships with multiple language vendors.

GlobalSight also provides a scalable, in-house platform for LSPs to manage the multitude of translation projects processed every day. With a robust translation and terminology database, a clearly-defined audit trail between project stakeholders, in-context and side-by-side review functionality, and full reporting mechanisms, GlobalSight offers a flexible and customizable translation process automation tool that integrates (via web services API) with other process requirements, whether it be community translation, machine translation, or total business process management.

GlobalSight is available for free download (for Windows and Linux) on www.globalsight.com and www.sourceforge.net under the Apache 2.0 License. The Apache license provides users with access to the copyright license without obligation to submit proprietary customizations back to the public. At the same time a “Contributor License” is available for community-based contributions submitted for distribution and integration back into the core GlobalSight product.

“After 5 months of open-source migration, a new website and a successful beta testing phase, we are proud to announce the release of GlobalSight 7.1!” exclaims Gary Prioste, VP of Technology Services at Welocalize. “Our development team has done an excellent job replacing the core technology with more modern and robust open-source components. The beta testers generously volunteered their time to provide valuable feedback and help optimize the installation process. The steering committee has extended unfailing and effective guidance on the mission and positioning of the program.”

“Already a GlobalSight community of over 300 members have come together to share common goals and exchange best-practices for trouble-shooting and product optimization. We are thrilled by this industry-wide effort and look forward to more collaboration moving forward!”

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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