Stemming the rot of commoditization

I have been toying with the idea of whether to post this blog for some time now... It was drafted a few months back when I was sat at a crossroads about what to do with my career.  The localization industry hasn't been particularly kind to me in recent times and I found myself doubting … Continue reading Stemming the rot of commoditization

Building with BRICS & MORTAR

If we reach back into our childhood, we'll probably all be able to remember the story about the Three Little Pigs:  House of Straw, House of Sticks and then a House of Bricks.  The moral of this story runs deep within me and building using bricks and mortar is in the very fabric of my DNA. … Continue reading Building with BRICS & MORTAR

Using an e-auction to select your LSP will seriously affect their margin!

I have been involved in a number of multilingual tenders over the years and have recently been reviewing them to see if there are any emerging trends.  I came across a raft of statements during this process and some of which quite frankly annoyed me.  I will paraphrase three of them to give you an indication … Continue reading Using an e-auction to select your LSP will seriously affect their margin!

Quality Resolution Handbook for the Localization Industry

In some of the follow-up conversations I've been conducting since Localization World I have come across a huge disparity between what is acceptable quality from a linguistic point of view and what is acceptable quality from a client's perspective.  The disparity widened even further when we opened up the conversation about the subject matter and further … Continue reading Quality Resolution Handbook for the Localization Industry

Where should I concentrate my localization efforts?

According to recent statistics from HM Revenue and Customs there has been a significant shift in the UK in the regions we export to. The following are all the countries with an increased export activity from the NW of England from 2011 to 2012: UAE up 17.5% to £0.363 bn Saudi Arabia up 25.7% to … Continue reading Where should I concentrate my localization efforts?

Localization World June 2013 London

So the Language Olympics have come to a close and it is now time to reflect upon, and then put into practise, some of the things we have learned about over the last few days.  No matter where you come from it was hard not to hear the boisterous buzz in the Novotel London West … Continue reading Localization World June 2013 London