Process and methodology

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process and methodology

Process and Methodology, Translation Management, Technical Translation deals with the linguistic transfer of documentation, online help systems and web pages

What is Translation Management?

Today's need for translation is usually not limited to a simple transfer of text from one language into another. Moreover, all product components, such as software, documentation, and online help systems must be made available for people from all language areas with the same degree of usability. This is especially true for web presences of companies, since the Internet in particular enables companies to present their products or services globally. In this context, Translation Management comprises the following three areas: Consulting, Technical Translation, Localization.

A product is to be placed on the global market, but none of your project managers have the time to administer translation and localization. If desired, a project can be managed completely or in part. Take advantage of our experience in all aspects of this service:

  • Analysis of actual translation needs, also on-site, if necessary
  • Preparation of solutions with regard to individual client requirements

Technical Translation
Technical Translation deals with the linguistic transfer of documentation, online help systems and web pages. Depending on the amount and the required language combinations, translation is carried out directly or by appropriate partners.

Localization involves taking a product and making it linguistically and culturally appropriate to the target locale (country/region and language) where it will be used and sold.

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What is a Project Tracking System?

The Project Tracking System is a web-enabled system utilized to report and share information associated with the progress of a large number of projects in an organization.

The system requirement was initially developed for a material handling engineering group of a large delivery services organization. The group is responsible for acquiring and deploying material handling systems for centers across the country. Operational divisions in charge of these centers are among the clients of the group.

The system provides an easy to use graphical user interface for technical managers to report the status of the project and to make decisions regarding training, budget, transition to operations, changes to configurations, etc using multiple pre-defined descriptors. In addition, the system allows both headquarters and the operational divisions various levels of access to the information in the form of multiple reports. Security and accessibility are integral to the system.

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What is Source Control?

As a developer, you must have heard about Source Code Control (SCC). When you work alone you do not have to share sources with other developers, and using of SCC is usually unnecessary. However, when working in team you have to share sources.

You may say - "It is simple: put all the sources into a network drive and several developers will be able to work with them?" Yes, it is a possible decision. However, what happens, if two developers modify the same file? You are right; changes of one of them will be lost. Source control systems help to avoid this problem.

The idea is to store recently added sources on a server and not to modify them directly. Each developer gets his own copy instead. If a developer wants to modify a file, he performs checkout (informs others that he is going to modify that file); when the modification is done, he uploads (or checks in) the file to the server. The server resolves conflicts (when two users modify the same file) automatically on the line level, i.e. if one developer modifies the top lines and another - the bottom ones, the file will be automatically merged. If they modify the same lines then the developer being the last to upload the changes has to resolve the conflict manually, but it happens very seldom.

This is the main function of a source control system. Moreover, source control systems provide some additional useful functions such as - comparison of versions (visual), rollback, notifications, tags, branches, history, and locks and so on. Due to these functions, using of source control is helpful for a single developer in his work, since it makes backup of different versions of a source code unnecessary.

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Why do you need Source Control?

Source control is one of those things that one rarely notices they need until it is far too late. Usually when you accidentally delete part of your source tree instead of simply moving it to a different location, or when you make a set of complex changes that leave you worse off than were you started (but you cannot go back). A source control system solves these problems by keeping copies of each revision of a set of files on a server, while giving you access to a local copy of those files to make changes on.

Good source control systems allow multiple people to modify a single file at once. Then they will try automatically merging changes between differing sets of modifications. A good source control system will also let you browse the history of a file or set of files (allowing you to "go back in time") and allow you to have access to your code from as many systems as you like. Subversion is one of those good source control systems.

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Why do you need Content Management?

Content Management is effectively the management of the content by combining rules, process and/or workflows in such a way that its electronic storage is deemed to be 'managed' rather than 'un-managed'.

Exploiting the Web is an essential element of any strategy for extending your business, growing market share and gaining competitive advantage. The Web brings you closer to your markets, but creates transparency that quickly reveals poor service. Although it is a challenge, its use is not optional.

Customers are demanding more access, to information and business processes, and they expect it now. Traditional Web technologies inhibit this intimacy. They distance business owners from web site content because their use depends upon technical expertise. They generate web sites with limited capabilities that are costly to deploy and maintain.

Immediacy's Content Management System gives control of content to the business experts. It ensures fast, consistent, accurate and efficient publication of your intellectual assets and business processes on the Web.

It delivers business benefits that generate substantial cost savings, which guarantee a quick ROI even for larger enterprise implementations.

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What are the benefits of Content Management?

The value of a company's web site is directly related to the accuracy and speed with which its content can be made available.

As corporate web sites have developed from passive shop windows, containing static information, into interactive portals providing access to personalized business processes for individual users within the business community, the complexity of their structures and the task of maintaining their content have increased dramatically. Content Management Systems, such as Immediacy, facilitate this activity, deliver business benefit in terms of efficiency, control, and increased content value.

Content creation and updating
A Content Management System ensures that a company's web site is focused on the achievement of business objectives, rather than being driven by technical issues, by putting control of content into the hands of its business experts.

Consistent corporate branding
A coherent web site design philosophy, consistently implemented, is essential to successful Web communication. All too often, the ad hoc development and manual editing associated with the traditional static web site resulted in confused site appearance and navigation. This led to inconsistent branding and diluted corporate identity, and required considerable effort to police and control.

Streamlined centralized management
A Content Management System that uses template based publishing and a dynamic content repository centralizes control to deliver numerous benefits and efficiencies.

Protecting content value
A Content Management System protects the value of content by accelerating and automating publication processes, putting control of content into the hands of the business experts and providing centralized administration of its presentation.

Adding new features
To build lasting value from their corporate web sites, companies need to be able to respond to the more sophisticated demands from users with enhanced features to extend the capabilities offered. A Content Management System makes this possible by providing a number of capabilities that the traditionally managed web sites cannot deliver.

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