Article updated on 14 January 2019
Working with translations the modern way has one fundamental advantage for companies – lower costs. If you are looking for a way to make managing translations at your company more efficient, here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself.
Firstly, what are the advantages of using modern technology when working with translations? Let's imagine, for the purpose of this article, that your company is growing and expanding into other countries. This will not only lead to the increase of company documents but also an increase in the cost of the overall translation of these documents.
The absence of a translation memory will make it impossible to consistently translate terminology in all your company’s documents. This could mean more mistakes and higher costs in the long run as these mistakes tend to multiply with every subsequent language combination.
The reason for this is logical, whenever a manual or any other document undergoes any changes or updates, every sentence of the document receives a new translation even if it has already been translated. In the age of modern translation technologies, this system is an unnecessary drain of your time and resources and can be avoided.
By exploring different options on how to streamline your company’s translation procedures, you can significantly reduce the costs and delivery times while minimizing the number of errors. Here is a good example of how we worked with EMCO to reduce their translation costs by 125,000 Euros.
The first aspect to address is the compatibility of your documents when processing them using modern translation tools. This simply means that it should be saved in a suitable formats and created or updated to support a glossary of terms. We would be happy to explain the difference and advise you on how to go about changing these formats.
Before moving forward, you should be aware that crucial changes in your processes can probably only be carried out by the management of your company or your department. An inefficiently established translation process should undergo various modifications and will not be improved by simply changing your external translation provider. These providers, whether individuals or agencies, should be able to advise you on the best possible options available to make the entire process more efficient and significantly contribute to the implementation of a solution, but they would not be able to introduce a completely new system on their own.
For this reason, the managers of your company or department should consider the following questions:
All the options mentioned above have been available for years, so why doesn’t every company use them to reduce costs and improve their translation processes?
We have found the following to be the most common reasons:
The first step towards a more efficient translation process is by analyzing your current situation. After almost 30 years of providing translation services to corporate clients, we have gained extensive knowledge on how to assess various options to offer solutions for your company that will contribute to savings and simpler translation management.