How to localize efficiently

Truly effective localization requires robust processes and smart technology. If your processes aren't optimal, you won't get the best performance. Take advantage of our process optimization practices to solve your linguistic technology challenges. Intelligent performance management is always a smart decision.

In an era of cost-cutting, few companies can guarantee that their translation and localization processes are truly optimal. More and more content is being created, and new languages are appearing all the time. New tools, technologies and formats are constantly emerging, making things even more difficult.

Whether it's a single-source CMS, a translation workflow or translation management system, or an XML-based process using standards such as XLIFF, DocBook, DITA or OpenDocument, the goal is always to make the process more efficient. However, only proper implementation can bring the desired results of process optimization and cost reduction.

Since the cost of direct translation is practically fixed, the focus is often on reducing non-translation costs.

Because the cost of direct translation is essentially fixed, the focus is usually on reducing non-translation costs. And the savings can be substantial. Optimizing the entire globalization workflow and integrating related activities such as internationalization, content creation, translation and publishing can often result in significant cost and time savings.

With our process optimization services, ABC Translations helps companies do just that. This means moving away from the status quo and striving for greater efficiency, cost savings, and competitiveness through:

  • Process design
  • Process optimization
  • Technology assessment
  • Technology adaptation and implementation
  • Training and seminars on processes and technologies
  • Added value

Process optimization can result in:

  • Reduced translation costs
  • Reduced translation costs
  • Increased savings when more languages are needed
  • Reduced support costs for translation partners
  • Maximize the use of tools and technology
  • Protect investment in existing technology and processes for the future
  • Reduces content creation time on resources
  • Reduced DTP and design costs
  • Accelerated time to market
  • "Sim-ship” becomes better achievable

Process optimization is a journey

At ABC Translations, we understand that companies design their localization processes to evolve over time as their global needs grow. It's not a one-time thing or event. ABC Translations process consultants help companies take their processes to the next level by meeting current and projected requirements.

As companies grow and evolve, their focus shifts from process design to process optimization and, ultimately, automation. ABC Translations can help you solve specific problems at each stage, as described below.

Focus on process design

Your challenges

You may have little or no formal process. The task of translating and localizing material may be entrusted to a few people with direct experience whose knowledge may be largely undocumented.

Over time, translation technology can be used to make the process more repeatable and introduce some degree of automation.

Very often, however, such localization methods are not used because they are not based on reliable and widespread processes and procedures.

How ABC Translations can help

  • Our expertise includes requirements analysis, testing localization environments, and developing custom localization processes.
  • We can help you assess which methods and tools are best suited to your specific challenges and help you incorporate them into your processes.
  • Our localization experts can also provide training and workshops for you and your employees to help you implement specific localization skills within your organization.

Focus on process optimization

Your challenges

As the demand for localization grows and the number of languages increases, so does the need to formalize processes.

In order to implement these processes, you need to change your internal organizational structure.

As processes become more mature and critical, the use of tools and technology becomes more complex.

You need to invest in and manage change in your company, but it must lead to increased productivity, efficiency and improved translation quality and consistency.

How ABC Translations can help

ABC Translations can help you identify key areas where you can improve efficiency by streamlining and rationalizing existing processes.

By documenting and standardizing your processes, you can increase the repeatability and manageability of your translation projects and control or reduce costs.

ABC Translations can help you fine-tune the most efficient workflow from content gathering to translation to final publication.

We can also help ensure that investments made at this stage are future-proofed to ensure growth and future challenges and technologies.

Process Automation

Your Challenge

As the volume and number of languages grows, automating the localization process becomes a priority. This is the next step in streamlining existing processes.

Scalability, faster time to market, faster updates of localized content (such as local websites), cost efficiency, and reuse of content through one-time purchase are some of the goals to be achieved.

As managed authors increase reuse, the quality of resource content will become more manageable.

As interest in brands grows, so does the need to manage consistent messages and perceptions at the local level.

How we can help

Because of the large number of languages and volumes, even small improvements can result in huge cost savings as savings increase exponentially. ABC Translations can evaluate your entire workflow and determine which key areas of automated activity will provide the greatest cost and time savings.

Our consultants can help you achieve compliance with industry regulations and technical standards.

Process optimization process

Optimization strategies are typically developed in collaboration with our clients in the following different phases

Stage 1 - Preparation

Based on our initial analysis, interviews and understanding of the client's specific issues and goals, we review and select audit priorities, objectives and required deliverables.

Stage 2 - Process Audit

This key stage builds on the areas of focus identified and defined in the preparation stage. The audit phase includes a detailed mapping of issues, gathering information, answering questions, diagnosing risks, and creating a detailed map to understand the current and desired state. This information is then used to develop recommendations for post-audit problem solving.

Phase 3 - Recommended Solutions

The report is generated in the form of process improvement recommendations that can be used as project specifications for the implementation phase. This report will include, but is not limited to, a list of optimization objectives, intended baseline data, success criteria, recommendations for the best target workflow model and implementation solution, and a recommended step-by-step approach.

Phase 4 - Implementing Change

This phase usually belongs entirely to the client. The client chooses the tasks and recommendations that need to be implemented and decides who will implement them and how. ABC Translations participated in both process audits and worked with the project team to implement the recommendations.

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