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Blockchain Adds Digital Controls to Language Services
by Benjamin B. Sargent, October 06, 2017, 5 Pages View abstract 
Blockchain is a method for concatenating blocks of transactions, which are stored securely using encryption in a distributed system that prevents bad actors from unlawfully changing records. While most media sources focus on blockchain’s use in . . .
 
Financial Benchmarks for Global Enterprises: Language Services Spend
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, September 01, 2017, 18 Pages View abstract 
An organization’s ability to deliver a winning global customer journey depends on two core elements: 1) the maturity of its localization team; and 2) the degree to which all groups enterprise-wide have globalized their business processes and . . .
 
Financial Benchmarks for Global Enterprises: Organizational Maturity
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, September 01, 2017, 20 Pages View abstract 
An organization’s ability to deliver a winning global customer journey depends on two core elements: 1) the maturity of its localization team; and 2) the degree to which all groups enterprise-wide have globalized their business processes and . . .
 
Financial Benchmarks for Global Enterprises: International Revenue
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, July 31, 2017, 21 Pages View abstract 
An organization’s ability to deliver a winning global customer journey depends on two core elements: 1) the maturity of its localization team; and 2) the degree to which all groups enterprise-wide have globalized their business processes and programs . . .
 
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 . . .
 
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 . . .
 
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 . . .
 
Why Benchmarking Buyer Maturity Matters for LSPs
by Rebecca Ray, Hélène Pielmeier, February 23, 2017, 7 Pages View abstract 
Recognizing buyer maturity levels and incorporating them into your strategy and solution delivery processes are essential to your business. Doing so enables you to: 1) identify the right prospects; 2) nurture leads with relevant messaging; 3) win opportunities . . .
 
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 . . .
 
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 . . .
 
Pragmatic Global Content Strategy
Managing Global Information Overload
by Rebecca Ray, Donald A. DePalma, April 27, 2016, 33 Pages View abstract 
Digital marketers, localization managers, and corporate planners want guidelines and data to help them decide which materials to translate and how much to translate. This report answers that question by showing how to develop and use marketing personas, . . .
 
What to Do When It’s Time to Drop a Language
by Rebecca Ray, February 29, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
Translation and localization managers are skilled at adding languages and locales for their products and services, documentation and support, and web and mobile sites (see "Adding Languages to Websites - It Gets Easier," Jan14). However, decommissioning . . .
 
Evaluating the Operational Maturity of Suppliers
How to Apply the LSP MetrixTM Model during Vendor Selection and Management
by Hélène Pielmeier, Donald A. DePalma, Rebecca Ray, February 25, 2016, 126 Pages View abstract 
Based on the successful adoption of the Localization Maturity Model (LMM) developed by CSA Research for buyers of language services, we now offer a similar model, LSP MetrixTM, to evaluate the maturity of LSPs. It provides 70 evaluation factors, grouped . . .
 
Simplifying Multilingual Content Production with ITS 2.0
by Arle Lommel, January 31, 2016, 7 Pages View abstract 
Global enterprises require efficient and cost-effective localization of XML content, but achieving this goal can be challenging due to the variety of forms XML can take. While HTML content is easier to localize, it often has its own complexities. The . . .
 
Use These Job Descriptions to Build Your Team
by Rebecca Ray, January 28, 2016, 8 Pages View abstract 
What roles are critical for the success of your translation team? What specific expertise should your HR department look for? Should you hire them now or later? This brief addresses these questions by presenting 10 sample job descriptions for four levels . . .
 
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 . . .
 
Digital Campaign Management and Localization
Winning the Attention Game for Global Audiences
by Benjamin B. Sargent, Rebecca Ray, November 18, 2015, 35 Pages View abstract 
Corporate strategy increasingly relies on digital strategy. Content interactions shape everything from brand awareness to customer loyalty. Yet proliferating device platforms, online channels, and content formats challenge even the savviest marketing . . .
 
Lessons from Travel Companies for Supporting Global CX
What Other Industries Can Learn
by Rebecca Ray, Hélène Pielmeier, October 30, 2015, 49 Pages View abstract 
Travelers visit 22 sites on average before booking accommodations and contribute more than 80 entries to TripAdvisor every minute. CSA Research analyzed how travel and leisure (T&L) companies leverage multilingual content to support global customer experience . . .
 
How to Elicit International Customer Feedback
by Rebecca Ray, July 31, 2015, 4 Pages View abstract 
Localization managers often find it difficult to provide timely, high-quality feedback from international customers. Colleagues in product marketing question which localized versions to produce in the first place. Digital marketers seek insights on what . . .
 
Are You Ready to Acquire a New Team or Be Acquired?
by Rebecca Ray, June 30, 2015, 5 Pages View abstract 
We are frequently asked at Common Sense Advisory how to manage the integration of a newly acquired localization team. Whichever side you're on - as the acquirer or as the one being acquired - the process requires a lot of hard work to align international . . .
 
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