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At the stands now: The Language Services Market: 2014
Common Sense Advisory’s annual report on the language services market is a critical step towards focusing the gaze of mainstream business on translation and localization. This year’s report is just out and we present some highlights of the report below and the improvements we made by listening to readers: Growth continues, but slowly

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The What and Why of the Global Survey of the Language Services and Technology Market
Common Sense Advisory’s annual study of the language services and technology market is now in its 10th year. In this blog post, we’d like to explain what the survey is about and why it’s important to the industry – and to you.  What is the survey about? Each year, more than 1,000 LSPs from across the globe take the survey

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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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The Language Services Market Slows Down in 2013, but Grows Nevertheless
You’ve been waiting for it all year and finally, it’s here: The Language Services Market: 2013 – the only independent study of the industry – is published! As in previous years, we surveyed a vast audience of language service providers (LSPs) from our database of 27,668 companies to arrive at our market sizing and growth rate

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The 2013 “State of the Industry” Survey is Open!
Common Sense Advisory today launched its annual survey of the global language services market. Now in its eighth year, the survey captures comprehensive data related to language services and technology. Why should you participate? Receive a free report. All qualified respondents will receive a copy of the report we published in May of last year

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Our Most Comprehensive Global Market Study Yet
Reviewing your final numbers for 2010? We’re ready to take a look at them too. It’s time to kick off our annual study of the global market for language services and technology. Last year, we developed what we believe to be the world’s most complete directory of language service providers (LSPs). Our database contains nearly 25,000

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Inc. 5,000 List Includes Fast-Growing Language Service Providers
Inc. magazine publishes an annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. This year's list includes 15  language services providers (LSPs) -- many of which are growing at a significantly faster rate than the average market growth rate we last reported of 13.15%. These 15 LSPs are translation and intepreting

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The World of Language Services Just Keeps Getting Bigger
Less than two short months ago, we issued a public call for participation in our annual global study of the language services market. Today, we are pleased to announce the publication of our hot-off-the-press ranking of the Top 35 language service providers -- accompanied by a few other noteworthy pieces of new research. This year, due to popular

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Is Your Language Services Company One of the Most Important in the World?
It's that time of year again. No, we're not talking about Easter, Holi, Norwuz, Ostara, Maslenitsa, Passover, or Purim. It's the season when Common Sense Advisory issues a call for participation in our annual global market study and ranking of language service providers. In the spirit of renewal that accompanies springtime in the Northern Hemisphere

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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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Top 30 LSPs Errata
Every year, right after we publish our ranking of translation companies, we receive several messages with comments and questions ranging from people who think that our numbers are too small or too big, to names of companies that they believe should be included in our list but somehow escaped our notice. We usually address these questions on an individual

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Rules-Based Machine Translation Redux
Most of the interesting news about machine translation in the last two years has been about advances in statistical machine translation (SMT), with the older rules-based (RBMT) often playing second fiddle. While SMT garnered its share of headlines, the RBMT developers continued enhancing their products and channels. Much of what they've done in the

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What a Difference 18 Months Make: Translation Management Systems
When we last drilled down into the translation management system (TMS) segment in early 2007, we found a near dead heat in features and functionality among two commercial contenders, Idiom and SDL. A year and a half later, the race has grown more interesting. SDL now offers Idiom as one of its brands. Some players have pumped up their investment to

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Seeking an MT Market beyond Ad-Reading Eyeballs
Last week, Language Weaver projected a US$67.5 billion market for digital translation, enabled by advances in machine translation (MT). For the last few years, we have released an annual estimate of the market for outsourced translation, localization, and interpretation. For 2008, human-delivered translation activities will total a hefty US$14.25 billion

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The Top 25 Translation Companies and Some Really Big Revenue Numbers
Last month we posted Common Sense Advisory's annual ranking of the top translation companies. This year, we made it 25% better by ranking the Top 25 rather than just the Top 20. As soon as the report hit our website, we began receiving comments and questions -- as we have every year since we first published the list in 2005. Since that first list, we

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LSPs Large and Small Automate Processes
Worldwide, a pool of roughly 5,000 translation agencies with five or more employees sell language and related services to business customers. Last year we wrote that investment in technology was a pipe dream for most of these companies, but today we are in fact seeing small agencies in the US$2 million range taking on big-time translation management

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