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"When to Automate Translation Processes: Calculating Cost Along the Automation Continuum" A Lionbridge White Paper, published by Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

This report discusses the benefits of automating translation processes in professional environments. In order to determine whether or not a translation project in your organization is a candidate for automation you have to look at the following key elements: •

Translation factors such as structured data, authoring consistency, and technical vs cultural content.

Project factors such as number of language pairs, text volume, program duration, and turnaround requirements.

Update frequency such as frequency of transactions and/or content change.

If the translation process includes one or more of the factors described above, automation will positively affect price, quality, and turnaround time of your project. The higher the automation factors are the more will be gained financially by implementing automation processes into translation projects. The second part of the report helps you to: •

Analyze specific translation projects.

Decide on the project's suitability for automation.

Determine the break-even point of your project.

The break-even point of a translation project presents a crucial criterion: The longer the duration of a project the more likely implementation of automation is going to result in financial savings. Short-term projects may end before the break-even point is reached. Lionbridge specialists are available to help you determine whether your projects require an automated or a traditional translation approach, or a combination of the two.


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