Managing Software Localization for Global Business
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There are two main ways of managing software localization for global business:

→ You can organize your team’s workflow, make outlines of processes, hire language specialists, and create a system that will ensure high-quality, prompt localization for all software updates in all the markets you enter. It will be a herculean task that will occupy your complete attention—not just for a one-off project but for your product’s long life.

→ The alternative is to integrate with a system that is already operating and has been sharpened for maximum efficiency and transparency. Instead of thinking about flowcharts for years and hunting people down to QA your adapted product in various languages, you can take advantage of automated processes and leave the translations and quality management to the localization experts.

By outsourcing the beast that is localization, your team can apply their skills, knowledge, and time to critical strategy and product development—the underlying momentum for this wave of global expansion.

Why Outsource Your Localization Management?

What is at stake if you don’t turn projects over to the experts?

Even if you and your organization are gluttons for punishment, there are compelling reasons to outsource your localization. To be blunt, it would be foolhardy to think that you are going to build the whole engine of localization internally and be able to manage scalability, QA, and hiring. Language experts are hard to come by. When you hit the inevitable snag, you risk amplifying the problem:

What are the things experts know how to do—probably better than you do?

Besides averting mistakes and difficult situations, there are a lot of proactive things a localization expert can do. The concepts of streamlining, automating, and scaling may seem obvious, but how do you actually pull them off without the advantage of real localization experience?

What Is the Right Kind of Localization Partner?

Once you’ve decided to outsource your localization tasks, the question becomes one of finding the right localization service provider for you. There are plenty to choose from, but that doesn’t make your search any easier.

Let’s look first at what you do not want. Wrangling linguists isn’t easy, and it’s also not enough to get the job done. That’s what the typical translation agency does. If they are doing the same things you would do if you had more time, they are not adding value. In fact, it would probably be more economical to hire an assistant. You’d likely get more responsiveness and accountability that way too.

But let’s look at a more practical model. Dedicated experts can balance your automated and manual tasks to give you measurable results with full accountability. Transparency is a big part of this super-efficient model. You want to see the work being done, track its progress, know who did what—and all without having to put in requests for evidence at multiple junctures and wait to hear back. An automated, centralized platform gives you that capability, and it also allows linguists and editors to contact you or each other for clarification and details without long waits or convoluted pathways. This centralized ecosystem adds to the quality of the translations and strengthens your partnership overall.

If a localization vendor is doing the same things you would do if you had more time, they are not adding value.

A centralized platform ecosystem adds to the quality of your translations and strengthens your localization partnership overall.


Managing Software Localization for Global Business Is Someone Else’s Job

There are a lot of reasons to love experts. The most obvious is that they do a good job. Instead of venturing into a completely new field and reinventing the wheel by trial and error as you go, you can devote your time to developing your product and working on the high-level issues—the issues that make the most of your unique knowledge and insight. Let the localization experts take care of the day-to-day localization operations to which they are uniquely suited.

Bureau Works’ automated platform provides complete localization services designed to be maximally efficient and responsive to your individual requirements. With API/CLI integration and new-generation technology, we give all stakeholders the support they need to perform at their best with minimal management. Contact our team to learn more about how you can hire high-quality translation and localization in an automated workflow.

Aaron Schliem

Written by Aaron Schliem

Aaron is the chief marketing officer for Bureau Works. He also loves to tickle the ivories and is a wiz at designing cocktails.