January 28, 2014

Translation as a utility: Everything you ever wanted to know about Google Translate but were afraid to ask.

By now many of us have some experience using Google Translate or Microsoft’s Bing translator. According to Google, there are over 200 million monthly Google Translate users and their service is used “to translate the equivalent of 1 million books in one day” and that...

July 9, 2013

A little planning goes a long way or why translation is like toilet paper.

One of the biggest obstacles to effectively managing translation needs across a global company is the inability to accurately forecast when translation will be needed. Unlike a manufacturing plant, translation needs can be sporadic and random with little advance notice. This creates...

May 14, 2013

Use your website keywords to improve your translation quality

Over the course of my 20+ year career in translation I’ve met so few clients who really understand how to “manage” translation quality. As a result I’m filled with jealousy as I watch clients do the right thing when it comes to search engine optimization for...

April 15, 2013

Birmingham… the expatriate capital of metro Detroit and why it’s good for Michigan

For many in the metro Detroit area who come to Birmingham to enjoy our restaurants and bars they see Birmingham as a typical upscale suburb of Detroit. Big homes, expensive restaurants and even more expensive cars. But for those of us who live here we are witness to some profound changes...

March 30, 2013

TAUS, the translation think tank, predicts that translation will become… a utility

Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Jaap Van Der Meer, owner of the TAUS translation think tank. While unknown to most of my readers, Jaap is a well known visionary in the translation industry. Jaap was the first in our space to create a global public translation company. Alpnet,...