Virtual Staffing, or why you should consider adopting outside knowledge

Think about the times when, although you had tens of options in your database, you couldn’t find one translator who suited the needs and budget for that particular project. The times when you realized you need to catch up on vendor management or when it was obvious you need an extra pair of eyes for that final QC check because other tasks were piling up. In short. the moments when the available resources, capabilities and know-how were simply not enough, and you felt your company can use an expansion in one direction or another. itlocal brings you the ultimate solution to such problems: our virtual staffing service. What does that entail? In short, we can provide you with one or more of our in-house resources who will work for your company from our Bucharest office. These resources can cover different positions: Project manager, translator/editor, Vendor manager but also engineers which

Why Romania is one of the best locations for outsourcing your translation and localization projects

We are not usually the ones to talk about ourselves too much, but we believe that we deserve to have a cheeky brag from time to time. This is not about our employees, nor about the fellow market competitors, but rather about Romanian linguists. So, you’re wondering what makes us so special besides the quality, fast turnarounds and low pricing? You could argue that we are rather biased when it comes to our country but hear us out: you’d be surprised about the linguistic capabilities of our people. It is well known that Romania is a goldmine when it comes to IT firms and when quality outsourcing solutions and highly advantageous prices are a priority, but what about the translation industry? Well, we believe there is great potential surrounding the Romanian market, and there are two main reasons for that: the intrinsic structure of the Romanian language and the geographical

WHAT DOES “CSR” MEAN IN THE TRANSLATION INDUSTRY?

By now it is well known that CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility and that we can define it as a “self-regulating business model that helps a company be socially accountable to itself, its stakeholders, and the public”[1]. This can be interpreted in many ways and each company struggles to find a way to show that they are socially responsible. Every year the public receives reports about the CSR measures implemented by the major companies. These presentations are becoming more and more complex as the companies want to prove they give back to their communities and strive to make them see that they have their best interest at heart despite having a main goal of gaining profit. In the translation industry, it might seem like a vague concept, but in reality, there are many things that an LSP can do to show just how they work in a socially responsible manner. Environment Helping out

Let’s meet at tekom!

On 13th November 2018, itlocal joins tekom for many interesting events, in Stuttgart, Germany. The European Association for Technical Communication – tekom Europe e.V. is the largest professional association for technical communication worldwide. It was founded in November 2013 in Wiesbaden, Germany and connects about 9,000 professionals who are active in technical communication and related fields. The main task of the association is to represent the interests of creators and users of user information at a European level. tekom Europe supports important EU objectives such as improving the training of young people, the employability and mobility of workers as well as the competitiveness of the European economy in general. Amongst the discussed topics are: Translation and Localization, Quality Assurance,  Develop and apply terminology,  Optimize production processes and Visual design. For more information, visit their homepage! We will be there.

Machine Translation: an honest perspective

We live in a time where technology advancements happen on a daily basis and slowly but steadily, most aspects of our lives, are being assimilated within the digital world. But what about translations? Is this industry following similar development trends in terms of advancements? In a world of technology… Machine translation stays at the forefront of our digital revolution. An outsider might expect that by now, that computers should be able to handle a slightly more complex translation, it’s 2018 after all, right? Wrong. While Google Translate brought machine translation into the mainstream more than 10 years ago, the technology first arose at the beginning of the cold war, in the 50’s. It’s been a long time since then and it might take equally long until computers will be able to meet the expectations of the 20th century visionaries. Language is a very “human” thing and given that we are

Why choosing a smaller agency might be good for you

In the translation industry, size actually matters. Most of the companies – also known as language service providers, or LSPs – are small, and for all the right reasons. Of course, large companies have their own place within the market as well, so why would we recommend going for a smaller agency for your next translation project? Due to their size and number of employees, big companies usually subcontract their translation projects to the smaller players, also known as vendors. Primarily, the large LSPs keep in touch with the client, manage the technology and terminology, but are not involved in the translation itself. They too will employ the smaller LSPs for this latter purpose and by doing the same and contacting us directly, you as a client could manage the process more closely from the start. So what are the advantages of working with a smaller LSP? Allow us to

What is the difference between translation and transcreation

In the translation industry, there is a consensus that translators should only work in their mother tongue, no matter how fluent they might be in any other language, thus ensuring the linguistic nuances in their native language are kept. Many linguists have different qualifications, whether it is engineering, legal fields, economic or marketing and so on. This allows them to be good translators, since it helps them fully understand the texts even in highly specialized domains. Some translators can be more creative in their way of thinking and writing, which allows them to approach more projects in domains like marketing, media and advertising. For some certain texts, something more than translation is necessary – transcreation. This is all about taking one concept presented in a language and completely adapting it and recreating it in accordance with the nuances and cultural ideas that need to be found in the target language.

How does a Translation Memory work?

We have mentioned quite a lot in the past the use of Translation Memories as a means to obtain a consistent yet cost efficient translation at little to no effort from our translators. What we want to do now is to explain to you why and how this works, allowing you to better understand our system. Using a translation memory does not mean using a machine translation but rather re-using previous translations. The Translation Memory, or TM, represents a database of „pairs”, formed by sections of already translated and approved text, in both source and target languages. Usually, the software we use in this regard (whether it is alignment programs or SDL Trados), divides the segments automatically, usually in sentences, list or table elements. Any new text is then compared to the one stored in the database and similar segments will be recognized and shown as a ”fuzzy” match. When

Virtual Staffing, or Why you need this, now.

In today’s economy, any company in the translation industry has to regularly review its options to remain competitive on the market.  With our Virtual Staffing program, our clients are free to better focus on their operations and concentrate on their targets. As they say, “Ensure that our clients realize quality profits they seek”, it all comes down to providing Remote Project Management Services instead of the actual Translation Services that most other companies provide. We work with your budget to find the best resources required for your translation requests and always focus on Quality! There are many other big advantages, that we can mention: flexibility on both European and US time-zones, US and European presence, minimum translation costs and an efficient production process with more resources, higher capacity, 24/7 communication, access to our huge translators database, etc. All of our clients are very happy with the new approach for outsourcing and