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Digital Transformation and Language Combine to Power a US$43.08 Billion Market
Two years ago, CSA Research determined that the language sector faced a perfect storm as industry players incrementally improved efficiency, innovated services and processes built on newer technology and streamlined practices, and confronted disruptive intrinsic and external changes that were transforming the market. These factors have converged to

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The Impact of a CEO’s Gender, Language, and Education on Growth at the Largest LSPs
Every June, CSA Research publishes a list of the world’s largest language service and technology providers. This year, when we invited the 191 firms that we ranked in The Language Services Market: 2015 to participate in the survey, we went an extra step and reviewed the curriculum vitae of each company’s CEO or managing director. In this

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Profiles of Prosperity: Fast and Furious or Slow and Steady?
How is 2015 going for you so far? Are you meeting or beating your year-to-date sales goals? As we observe and analyze the language services industry, every year CSA researches the top providers on the market and the fastest-growing LSPs. We always pay special attention to these companies to determine the secret sauce to their growth. Overall,

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The 2015 Inc. 5000 List Includes 24 Language-Related Companies
Inc. magazine publishes an annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. This year, the list includes 24 companies that offer language-related services, technology, or training. All of these companies are growing at a significantly faster rate than the average language-sector growth rate we last reported of 6.46%. The

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Lionbridge to Buy CLS Communication as Market Consolidation Continues
Lionbridge, the largest company on CSA Research’s list of the top 100 commercial LSPs in 2014, announced that it would buy Switzerland-based CLS Communication (#11) in a deal expected to close in the first few months of 2015. Once it does, Lionbridge will be on track to be a US$600 million company. We asked Lionbridge’s Chief Sales

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28 Language-Related Companies Made the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Firms in the United States
Inc. magazine publishes an annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. This year’s list includes 28 companies dealing with language, from a technology, learning, or language services providers (LSPs) standpoint. All of these compares are growing at a significantly faster rate than the industry-wide average market

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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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If You’re a Fast-Growing LSP, We’re Looking for You
For nearly a decade, Common Sense Advisory has published rankings of the largest language service providers (LSPs) in the world. Our original list of 20 LSPs in 2005 grew to 186 companies on 10 global and regional rankings in 2013. Last year, we analyzed their year-over-year 2011 to 2012 revenue data to show which LSPs are growing the

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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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Language Service Providers that Made it to Inc. 5000 This Year
Common Sense Advisory has been tracking language service providers (LSPs) that make it to the Inc. 5000 ranking yearly since 2010. This year, 19 LSPs appear on the list (see table below), which is one fewer than last year.  Seven of these LSPs appear on our ranking of this year’s largest LSPs in the world: TransPerfect (number 3 in our

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Introducing the Fastest-Growing LSPs
Last month Common Sense Advisory released its annual report on the language sector. It included a list of the world’s 100 largest language service providers (LSPs) and nine regional tallies of the biggest suppliers around the world, totaling 186 companies (see “The Language Services Market: 2013,” May13). This month we add two

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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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Language Service Providers Solidify Their Place on the Inc. 5000
Language service providers (LSPs) continue to maintain their place in the yearly Inc. 5000 ranking. This year, 20 translation and interpreting companies made it to the list, up from just 15 in 2010 and 18 in 2011. As we saw last year, the three-year growth rate of LSPs listed by Inc. exceeds the overall pace of the language services sector

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The Size and Shape of the Language Services Industry in 2012
This year marks the seventh year that Common Sense Advisory has published estimates of the size of the language services market and its compound annual growth rate. Each time, we publish more detail than the year before, and 2012 is no exception. In addition to publishing rankings for nine different geographies (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern

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HiSoft Acquires Spanish LSP Logoscript
Earlier this month HiSoft briefed us on its acquisition of Logoscript. HiSoft, a technology services provider headquartered in Dalian, China, last year was number 20 on Common Sense Advisory’s list of 50 largest language service providers (LSPs) with language service revenue of US$38.5 million. Logoscript, a smaller privately held LSP based in

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Inc. 5,000 List Includes 18 Fast-Growing Language Service Providers
Eighteen language service providers (LSPs) appeared on Inc. magazine's annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Most are growing at a much faster rate than the average industry growth of 7.41% that our report on "The Language Services Market: 2011" revealed. Inc

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What Do the 50 Largest LSPs in the World Have In Common?
Not all that much, actually. While the word “competition” always rears its head when discussing translation and interpreting, the reality is that this year’s list of the top-ranked global language service providers (LSPs) do not all necessarily compete with each other. Some are military contractors, while others focus on commercial

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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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Welocalize Gets Major Investment to Keep On Growing
Over the past year, Common Sense Advisory has fielded an increasing number of inquiries from venture capital firms, private equity groups, language service providers (LSPs), and other service and technology companies interested in investing in the language service sector. Yesterday, Riverside Partners announced that they were investing US$34 million

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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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Manpower Acquires COMSYS
Yesterday employment services provider Manpower announced that it would acquire COMSYS IT Partners, a professional staffing firm. Both companies offer language services in their portfolio -- Manpower is the fourteenth largest company on our list of top 30 language service providers (LSPs), generating US$55 million in language-related revenue in 2008

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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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