Edition 2, Mar-May 2014

We welcome you to the first edition of our bimonthly newsletter. We are pleased to share with you our achievements and our development as a translation vendor.

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Greater efficiency thanks to the integration of our management and translation systems

AbroadLink experiences a new milestone in the strategy based on its company philosophy: move forward with technology. In February 2014, the company executed the first pilot translation projects using SDL Trados Studio 2011, the market leader in translation memory software, which were integrated with the management system in place in the company since February 2013. "Translation memories" or "assisted translation tools" are computer programmes that create a database of all of the translations done by a professional translator. These programmes also enable the extraction of text for translation from different documents (for example, MS Word, PowerPoint, FrameMaker, InDesign, QuarkXpress…) and also have functions to help the translator (such as the recuperation of previously translated text, the search of terms translated in the database...).

Suzanne Bromly, senior project manager at AbroadLink, states: "The new work flow used thanks to the integration between the management system and the translation memory not only allows us to improve management productivity and efficiency, but also ensures the systematic update of translation memories".

The company hopes to achieve maximum benefits from this integration by the end of June, after having updated all of the necessary client and provider settings. Pilot tests are currently being conducted with the latest version of the SDL software, SDL Trados Studio 2014, and it seems that this could further reduce processing time compared to the version currently used.

This integration also implies significant progress in AbroadLink's competitive position compared to the other companies in the market. The integration of these systems will allow AbroadLink to be more aggressive and reach more competitive negotiations for clients with a high volume of minimum fee jobs, with management costs that can make up more than 50 % of the total cost of the projects.