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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 . . .
 
Open-Source Language-Industry Ecosystems
by Arle Lommel, September 16, 2016, 18 Pages View abstract 
Where does open-source software (OSS) fit in the language sector? This brief updates our earlier analysis of six tools – GlobalSight, Moses, Okapi, OmegaT, ]project-open[, and TermWiki – and adds information on six more solutions: LanguageTool, . . .
 
TMS Revolution: Year of the Connector
by Benjamin B. Sargent, March 31, 2016, 5 Pages View abstract 
Enterprises and language service providers alike integrate translation management systems (TMSes) with a wide range of applications. Competition among technology suppliers has gone into overdrive to build more and better connectors to make disparate solutions . . .
 
MarketFlex for Business-Oriented TMS
Evaluating Commercial Solutions for LSPs
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, March 29, 2016, 47 Pages View abstract 
The market for business-oriented translation management systems in LSP environments is growing. In the past, limited commercial options led many language service providers to develop in-house solutions. Today, commercial solutions support a range of work . . .
 
An LSP’s Guide to Quoting
Organizational Models, Processes, Automation, and KPIs Necessary to Improve Closing Ratios
by Hélène Pielmeier, Donald A. DePalma, February 29, 2016, 56 Pages View abstract 
As clients become ever more demanding, rates and turnaround times drop, and service levels multiply. How can language service providers close more business in this highly fragmented and commoditized chaotic environment? Before they even think about sales . . .
 
TMS Live
An Interactive Tool to Aid in Translation Technology Selection
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 31, 2015, 2 Pages View abstract 
The TMS Live tool has relaunched and is updated on an ongoing basis. Translation management systems (TMS) tools facilitate the rapid development, day-to-day management, and publishing of multilingual content in the global language services industry . . .
 
Where Managed TMS Fits in Translation Strategies
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 31, 2015, 3 Pages View abstract 
Language management plays an increasingly strategic role for global brands. Technology adoption through a managed service makes a lot of sense for companies without large, expert teams in-house. In this brief, we explain the pros and cons of translation . . .
 
Balanced Scorecards for Vendor Evaluation
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, December 30, 2015, 6 Pages View abstract 
How should buyers of translation services evaluate their suppliers? The reply is usually along the lines of, "Measure what matters." But how do you choose from among the many criteria related to quality, turnaround, and cost efficiency? This brief out . . .
 
LSP Use of Technology in 2015
by Benjamin B. Sargent, October 29, 2015, 5 Pages View abstract 
How do translation providers use the specialized technology of the industry in 2015? Where is each type of system most concentrated? This brief presents data on the use of translation memory (TM), translation management systems (TMS), and machine translation . . .
 
The Language Services Market: 2015
Annual Review of the Translation, Localization, and Interpreting Services and Technology Industry
by Donald A. DePalma, Hélène Pielmeier, Robert G. Stewart, Stephen Henderson, June 30, 2015, 97 Pages View abstract 
Imagine buying a new car and not being able to decipher the owner's manual because it's in a language you don't read. Or remember the frustration of trying to register at a website form that doesn't recognize your country's postal code format. Think about . . .
 
Insights on Enterprise Translation Automation
How Clients Deploy Translation Technology
by Donald A. DePalma, Fred Hollowood, April 14, 2015, 49 Pages View abstract 
As your clients expand globally, they struggle to scale content to a range of products, languages, and platforms. The only way to meet this demand is with technology. In this report, CSA Research explores six scenarios for how buyers automate processes . . .
 
Should You Build Your Own TMS?
by Stephen Henderson, Hélène Pielmeier, March 31, 2015, 4 Pages View abstract 
CSA Research’s reports on both enterprises and suppliers have long demonstrated the merits of operating a translation management system (TMS). Both translation buyers and language service providers can choose from many solutions, but the first decision . . .
 
TMS Customer Satisfaction
How Users Rate TMS Solutions and Their Vendors
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Rebecca Ray, March 31, 2015, 35 Pages View abstract 
To date, little research has been available on the level of satisfaction among decision-makers, practitioners, and end-users of TMS solutions. In October 2014, CSA Research surveyed 688 enterprise and supply side users, asking them about a range of customer . . .
 
Enterprise Translation Automation
Use Cases for Deployment of Translation Technology
by Donald A. DePalma, Fred Hollowood, March 10, 2015, 42 Pages View abstract 
Many organizations employ technology to manage digital content and its translation. Some rely heavily on tools that vendors provide. Others require partners to use proprietary systems that they have developed themselves or bought from commercial suppliers . . .
 
Agile Localization at 17 Silicon Valley Companies
by Rebecca Ray, February 02, 2015, 9 Pages View abstract 
Twenty-two globalization champions from 17 global software developers came together recently in Silicon Valley to share their challenges and solutions for Agile localization at a CSA Research Colloquium. This brief outlines workflow models presented by . . .
 
Six Questions to Ask When Rethinking Linguistic QA
by Rebecca Ray, January 01, 2015, 3 Pages View abstract 
Linguistic quality assurance (QA) continues to be an evergreen topic for buyers of translation and localization services. It remains a frequent source of schedule delays and eats up large portions of language outsourcing budgets. If you are currently . . .
 
Translation Tools Move from Desktop to Cloudtop
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 31, 2014, 5 Pages View abstract 
Translation management tools have grown ever more ambitious, from the first workgroup servers to client/server architectures to web servers to multi-tenant services and elastic cloud deployment. The conception of the translation knowledge worker’s . . .
 
Top Six Reasons Why LSPs Buy a Second TMS
by Benjamin B. Sargent, December 30, 2014, 5 Pages View abstract 
Most language service providers use a translation management system (TMS) of one kind or another. Many have two. Some have already moved away from their original deployment into a newer system. Thirty-eight percent of LSP users told us in a recent . . .
 
MarketFlex for Comprehensive TMS
Evaluating Vendor Solutions for Enterprise Environments
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, November 24, 2014, 53 Pages View abstract 
Prospective buyers deserve objective third-party inputs to their own planning process. This MarketFlex™ report adds a new and important level of market research for language technology, equivalent to that afforded to other major software markets . . .
 
Evaluating the "-ities" for Cloud Deployments
by Donald A. DePalma, November 06, 2014, 2 Pages View abstract 
Are you considering translation services or tools in the cloud? Many companies are. This brief advises reviewing cloud-based tools not just for translation functions and performance, but also for IT concerns such as reliability, availability, scalability, . . .
 
Using Proxy Servers to Make Website Globalization Easier
by Donald A. DePalma, October 09, 2014, 7 Pages View abstract 
This brief contrasts traditional approaches to website globalization with the localization proxy server alternative. It discusses when you should use a proxy server, outlining the pros and cons of this technology.  . . .
 
Translation Management Systems for Enterprises and LSPs
TMS Options for Nine Business Scenarios
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Donald A. DePalma, August 08, 2014, 40 Pages View abstract 
The purpose of this report is to clarify the types of  translation management systems (TMS) available today and assist technology buyers in identifying the correct sub-category of system that will best address their particular business case. We discuss . . .
 
The Language Services Market: 2014
An Annual Review of the Translation, Localization, and Interpreting Services Industry
by Donald A. DePalma, Vijayalaxmi Hegde, Hélène Pielmeier, June 25, 2014, 86 Pages View abstract 
Our comprehensive study of the market for translation, localization, interpreting and other language services in 2014 includes information on underlying market growth, key trends, fastest-growing services, average revenue per employee, and other critical . . .
 
What’s on the Mind of the Agile-ized Buyer?
by Rebecca Ray, February 25, 2014, 4 Pages View abstract 
Buy-side research from Common Sense Advisory confirms that Agile is the new normal that breaks localization production models due to smaller translation volumes that must be translated more frequently. In interviews conducted in September 2013, 21 companies . . .
 
Portal-Based Client Interactions
How Technology Facilitates Better Service Delivery
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Hélène Pielmeier, January 02, 2014, 40 Pages View abstract 
The adoption − some say “imposition” – of portals for client interactions has been a hot topic for many years. Some people sing the praises of portal-based interactions while others lament the loss of “personal touch.”  This . . .
 
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