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CSA Research Survey on Gender and Family in the Language Services Industry: Overall Findings
by CSA Research, June 07, 2017, 42 Pages View abstract 
Issues related to gender, the workplace, and family are among the most important social and political concerns today. Language services – translation, localization, interpreting, and related tasks – are frequently seen as a female-dominated . . .
 
Tech-Savvy Providers Nail the LSP Metrix
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Arle Lommel, Hélène Pielmeier, May 31, 2017, 17 Pages View abstract 
Technology plays a vital role for language service providers, yet deciding how much and when to invest in language or business tools is difficult for them. Technology adoption increases as LSPs mature and is widely perceived to speed that process. However, . . .
 
Optimizing Content for MT: A Checklist
by Arle Lommel, Rebecca Ray, May 10, 2017, 5 Pages View abstract 
Content source optimization (CSO) refers to the process of preparing text, graphics, and other content components for translation. It eliminates obstacles to efficient conversions into another language and creates material in a form suitable for multiple . . .
 
Localization Maturity Model: Release 3.0
Benchmarking Your Globalization Journey
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, May 03, 2017, 39 Pages View abstract 
You can't meet today's global market expectations or outpace local competitors with old-school practices. A more demanding business landscape requires more responsive localization. Sophisticated procedures and behaviors that previously characterized more . . .
 
Content Source Optimization: A Checklist
by Arle Lommel, Rebecca Ray, April 27, 2017, 12 Pages View abstract 
Organizations that struggle to control translation costs and improve quality often find that addressing problems after they occur yields only modest gains, but when they look upstream and improve their source content, it can deliver substantial benefits . . .
 
Data to Support Localization at the Speed of Agile
by Rebecca Ray, March 31, 2017, 5 Pages View abstract 
Many organizations apply Agile methodology to drive software development projects. Its usage has now expanded to other business functions characterized by multiple, quick iterations, thus raising the bar for localization teams. If companies don't already . . .
 
TechStack: Translation Quality and In-Context Review Tools
by Arle Lommel, Donald A. DePalma, March 24, 2017, 17 Pages View abstract 
Translation quality assurance and assessment (TQA) and in-context review tools assist linguists in identifying errors in translated content and fixing them. They play a vital role in helping translation providers and requesters alike understand how well . . .
 
Mobile and Speech Raise the Bar for Localization
by Donald A. DePalma, March 08, 2017, 9 Pages View abstract 
Over the last 20 years, the computer has morphed into an essential and increasingly personal part of life as the cost, size, and complexity of devices plummeted. What's next? Phones, wearables, and the Internet of Things will place more connectivity and . . .
 
Automation: Implementing Technology within Limits
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, February 23, 2017, 11 Pages View abstract 
CSA Research carried out an extensive data collection and analysis exercise in preparation for Localization Maturity ModelTM (LMM) 3.0. We conducted a comprehensive survey of enterprise buyers of language services in 15 countries in June and July . . .
 
Organization: Building Excellence at Every Stage
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, February 23, 2017, 15 Pages View abstract 
CSA Research carried out an extensive data collection and analysis exercise in preparation for Localization Maturity ModelTM (LMM) 3.0. We conducted a comprehensive survey of enterprise buyers of language services in 15 countries in June and July 2016 . . .
 
Process: Globalizing Enterprise-Wide
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, February 23, 2017, 16 Pages View abstract 
Localization teams depend on formal processes to enable on-time delivery of ever-growing volumes of content in multiplying numbers of languages. However, our research shows that an organization is never responsive enough to its domestic multicultural . . .
 
TechStack: Interpreting Management Systems
by Hélène Pielmeier, Arle Lommel, January 31, 2017, 14 Pages View abstract 
Managing scheduled interpreting jobs can be a daunting task for buyers of language services and their suppliers. Between April and August 2016, CSA Research investigated the state of interpreting management systems (IMSes) by conducting briefings and . . .
 
Does Third-Party Linguistic Review Make Sense?
by Arle Lommel, January 27, 2017, 9 Pages View abstract 
In their quest to ensure that translations meet quality expectations, some buyers of translation services work with third-party organizations to obtain linguistic reviews of content. This step is meant to assure them that content meets legal or business . . .
 
Neural MT: Sorting Fact from Fiction
by Arle Lommel, January 18, 2017, 11 Pages View abstract 
Recent developments in neural machine translation (NMT) have captured public and media attention. Predictions that this new technology will drive an artificial intelligence (AI)-based revolution in language services are common. This brief looks at: 1) . . .
 
Remove Process Waste for Greater Efficiency
by Arle Lommel, Hélène Pielmeier, January 17, 2017, 6 Pages View abstract 
Like a leaky faucet, a process that creates losses here and there can amount to a big bill at the end. However, many buyers of language services may be unaware of how subtle waste on their part contributes to quality and efficiency problems on a larger . . .
 
SEO Essentials for Global Brands
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 30, 2016, 6 Pages View abstract 
More than 90% of customer journeys begin with search. SEO-generated visits achieve higher conversion rates than other digital lead sources. Yet many international brands tell us their implementation and processes for SEO remain unorganized and half-hearted . . .
 
Should We Centralize Our Globalization Function?
by Rebecca Ray, December 30, 2016, 9 Pages View abstract 
One of the most common questions asked by organizations implementing globalization as a business function is whether they should centralize language services. Data from CSA Research demonstrates that companies continue to consolidate in this area as they . . .
 
Strategy: Establishing Goals and Budgets Organization-Wide
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, December 19, 2016, 17 Pages View abstract 
CSA Research carried out an extensive data collection and analysis initiative in preparation for Localization Maturity Model™ (LMM) 3.0. We conducted a comprehensive survey of enterprise buyers of language services in 15 countries in June and July . . .
 
Governance: Elevating Localization as a Business Function
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, December 01, 2016, 18 Pages View abstract 
In preparation for the release of Localization Maturity ModelTM 3.0, CSA Research conducted a comprehensive survey of enterprise buyers of language services in 15 countries in June and July 2016. We asked about five strategic areas - governance, strategy, . . .
 
Why Benchmarking Localization Maturity Matters
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, December 01, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
How many times have you heard "localization is special" or "globalization only affects a few departments?" Probably too many. Why are these attitudes still held by otherwise informed middle managers and executives? Because localization or globalization . . .
 
Top 100 Ranking of Global Brand Websites
by Benjamin B. Sargent, November 30, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
This brief ranks the 100 most global brands for 2016, based on CSA Research’s annual study of global websites. This year we assessed 2,657 sites. Based on that analysis, we identified 58 best practices for global customer experience (CX). Then we . . .
 
TechStack: Machine Translation
by Arle Lommel, Donald A. DePalma, November 28, 2016, 26 Pages View abstract 
Machine translation (MT) has become an essential part of many corporate strategies for content globalization. In this brief, we provide: 1) an overview of MT technology; 2) a review of how it has changed over time and how it is evolving; 3) a SWOT analysis . . .
 
Expanding Global Customer Experience
Best Practices from 150 Companies with 25 or More Languages
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Rebecca Ray, November 16, 2016, 52 Pages View abstract 
Global brands seek to maximize return on research and development, product design, and brand investments. As customer acquisition and engagement become increasingly digitized, these companies must reliably deliver content in dozens of languages and channels, . . .
 
Building a Globally Integrated Organization
by Rebecca Ray, November 03, 2016, 9 Pages View abstract 
When it comes to delivering a global customer experience, you're only as good as your last performance. And your organization's ability to repeat and sustain its successes depends on the degree to which each function has globalized its business processes . . .
 
Understanding Translation Quality
by Arle Lommel, October 31, 2016, 9 Pages View abstract 
Translation “quality” is notoriously difficult to define and can be a source of debate and dispute between translation providers and buyers. To give stakeholders a point of reference to explain what they mean and expect by quality, we: 1) . . .
 
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