What is a Translation Management System and Why Should You Care?

Posted by Rick Antezana on Aug 14, 2014 Aug 14, 2014

translation management systemWhat is Translation Management?

A translation management system or a global management system is a software suite that “manages” translation automation. The idea of these systems is to take the mundane tasks of processing and tracking translation projects (repetitive work) and leave that to software, while the “human” work like cultural interpretation is left up to the translation experts.

There are primarily two functioning parts to the translation management system. There is the linguistic management technology and the process management technology. The two parts come together to form the system.

Typically this software will route content to various users like reviewers, project managers, clients, and translators. It is sort of a smart monitoring system that can significantly reduce overall project time and cost.

Why Should You Care?

As a business owner in this global economy, anything that is going to make your job easier should be something that gets you interested. The translation management system options that are available can be a cost-effective way to manage your content across dozens of different languages, and keep all of your content organized. If you want to save time and money, reduce management input and reduce the cost of overhead than you should certainly care about a well-built system that can do it all.

Every person that is listed in the workflow can receive a notification when there is work waiting for them. Translators can easily work offline or online. The comments and queries are tracked through the system so there is a way for constant monitoring if need me.

The translation management system can be the last piece in the puzzle of taking a company from local to global, and it can also be one of the quickest ways to go from local to global. Managing content using this system can have untold benefits for future applications.

The Future is Now

There is still continued talk about machine translation and its value and what role it will play in the future. The reality is that the future is now and a well built translation management system can play a very important role in making sure that your business is a part of the global economy and all the benefits that come with it, today.

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Topics: Translation, Translation Technology