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The Path to Statistical MT Success Is Paved with Big Data – and Not Just Yours
Better machine translation (MT) is surely at the top of many organizations’ globalization wishlists. But they all wonder how they can develop good MT engines that produce usable results. Two approaches, often used in combination with one another, allow them to collect enough linguistic assets to train their MT: Harvest open data sources

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RR Donnelley Takes a Stand on Technology
RR Donnelley (RRD), a US$11 billion company in print, digital, and supply chain solutions announced earlier this year it would buy MultiCorpora, a developer of translation automation software. Thirty days after the acquisition was completed, we spoke with Christophe Djaouani, Vice President and Managing Director of RR Donnelley Language Solutions

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At Last, Some Multilingualism in Indian E-Commerce
Indian online retailer Snapdeal announced last week that it now offers Hindi and Tamil options to users on its website. Common Sense Advisory thinks that Snapdeal’s multilingual initiative could set off a flurry of long-pending localization in the Indian market.  Common Sense Advisory had predicted that notwithstanding the high level of

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Software Subscription Becomes the Default Purchasing Mode for Adobe
Adobe revolutionized the world of typesetting by democratizing document publishing. Its Creative Suite, commonly referred to as “CS,” entails many flagship products used on a daily basis in the language services industry. Thanks to its early Unicode support, buyers of language services became en masse adopters of InDesign

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XTM International Pushes the Promise of TMS in the Cloud
Last year we wrote about all the activity of vendors trying to bring TMS in the cloud to market, but progress has been slow. XTM International (previously XML-Intl) today announced general availability of its XTM Cloud platform based on the new release its translation management system (TMS), XTM version 5.5. The cloud-based system has been in “soft

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ForNova Facilitates Multilingual Aggregation in Real Time
Real-time aggregation of multilingual content from dynamically generated sites where data changes constantly – like Amazon or Alibaba – can be accomplished today through “web scraping.” It isn’t easy, and in most cases requires manual intervention to be successful. Why does it pose such a challenge? The process

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Sajan Births Cloud-based TMS -- and New Software Company
On the heels of its GCMS 5.0 software release, Sajan today announced the hiving off of its software group. The new entity, Sajan Software Ltd, is based in Dublin Ireland. First off, GCMS 5.0 is the latest version of Sajan's highly-rated translation management system (TMS), previously classed as a "house" solution but now available as an enterprise

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Machine Translation Improves on Three Fronts
The October-November language industry conference season is well underway, so the press releases are flying fast and furious. Several announcements related to machine translation (MT) caught our eye, each supporting our contention in "The Business Case for Machine Translation" that the technology and practice is broadening, still not earning much

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Content Management Consolidation Continues
This morning, SDL announced that it would pay US$14.7 million to acquire XyEnterprise in its latest move to expand its global information management capabilities. The acquisition is the most recent example of consolidation in the fragmented content management system (CMS) sector. SDL acquires good technology at an attractive price (1.48 times revenue

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New Translation Technology Shown in Berlin -- and Mountain View
To the surprise of many who predicted a small turnout due to slashed travel budgets, this week's Localization World in Berlin actually drew 463 delegates. The conference sessions focused on "Know-how for Global Success." According to a presentation by Common Sense Advisory, one driver of success would be the addition of a language component to corporate

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CMS, GCMS, GMS, and TMS -- Content Management, Translation, and Globalization Terms Explained
This week several conferences focused on content management and flotillas of content professionals docked in Boston with globalization on their minds -- at CM Pros, Gilbane, and IQPC events. Don DePalma keynoted the CM Pros conference with "Content Management and the Global Enterprise: No Content Left Behind." Later this week Renato Beninatto will speak

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Content Management Vendors Improve Their Globalization Stories
In March we evaluated 16 leading content management solutions on 6 axes of global enterprise support, including core CMS technology, process automation for multilingual content, translation support, and the localization of the CMS itself. Since then some suppliers have been busy rolling out new features to improve their globalization bona fides and

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Content Management Poised for Upswing in Asia?
In our recent research on content management at the global enterprise level, we noticed that none of the well-known CMS software suppliers offered any Asian companies in Asia among their customers. Some gave us Asian companies in the States and the U.K. as references, while others suggested that we speak with expatriate American and English firms using

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