Current Trends in Quality Assessment
In the famous trinity of cost, time and quality that characterizes just about any project - including translation projects - quality might perhaps be expected to come third, given the constant pressures on costs and efficiency, felt now more than ever before. But the reverse is the truth. Along with other factors, good quality throughout the lifecycle of typical content should result in reduced times-to-market and help eliminate extra costs needed for correction or rework.
This article deals with the best practices in measuring translation quality and the touch-points between the authoring and translation phases. It describes the typical working models, what it takes to build an LQA team, and the language QA and in-country review processes. It also tackles some of the recent trends such as self-certification and tiered levels of quality. Full article (registration required).
Best Practices in Linguistic Testing
Linguistic testing of a localized product may not be an easy undertaking. There are several aspects that complicate matters and it is often inefficient for development companies to "do it on their own."
There is no "best way" that can be recommended. Each scenario has some advantages; each has some disadvantages. The most suitable solution needs to be selected based on the project type, schedule, budget and company preferences.
Learn more about the four fundamental models and current approaches to linguistic testing, and what best practices exist today. Full article.
Weathering the Economic Downturn
#106 Volume 20 Issue 6
In this article, Arturo Quintero, Moravia's Chief Corporate Strategist, shares his personal observations about the existing economic downturn, some personal takeaways from Localization World Berlin, as well as some recommendations specific to everyone involved in the translation and localization industry.
By the summer of 2009, when this article was published, the term global economic downturn had become a household name - affecting many industries, with the translation and localization industry being no exception. Arturo's observations are about today, but also look beyond what may seem important at this moment of turbulence. Full article.
Clinical Trials Go Global: Next Stop, Latin America
By 2012, more than 65% of FDA-regulated clinical trials for leading pharmaceutical companies will be conducted outside of the United States. More and more, emerging market regions are being considered because they offer significant market potential (pharmaceutical growth in the United States in 2009 is projected to be 4-5% whereas, in emerging market regions, it is projected to be 14-15% for 2009) without compromising the quality of the trials.
One increasingly important emerging market region is Latin America, which is popular because the region has established regulatory bodies that are tasked with the development and enforcement of guidelines for clinical research, and the formation of ethics committees to make sure patient safety and ethical concerns are top priorities.
With a combined population of almost 60 million - representing about 10% of all Latin America - the four cities of Mexico City, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro have become ideal places for sponsor companies to conduct clinical trials.
Read the article to learn about the potential of Latin America for conducting clinical trials, the necessary language and translation considerations, and what it takes to achieve a successful clinical trial campaign in Latin America. Full article.
RFP Best Practices
GALAxy (GALA Newsletter)
The world of business has changed and our current global economic downturn often serves as a plausible explanation for new trends and developments. Are there visible new approaches companies adopt in the management of business relationships with suppliers? If so, how is the request for proposal (RFP) process affected?
This article focuses on several perceptions of the RFP process in our translation and localization industry. How are RFPs changing (if at all)? What are the good and bad practices in the RFP process? What are some examples of good and bad RFPs? Full article.