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The International Journal of Localisation

Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

The Localisation Outsourcing Decision: How to

Volume 4 Issue 3


Author: John Papaioannou


The level of localisation outsourcing in the software industry typically varies between outsourcing all translation, engineering, and DTP, to outsourcing only translation and DTP, and keeping engineering in-house. In both cases the project management function is duplicated on both the customer and vendor side. The first solution is most commonly found in applications with simple engineering, and well documented, independent processes. It requires fewer resources for handling the projects but more resources for structuring them. The second allows for much more complexity on the customer side, and project handling need not be as structured. Each alternative may be appropriate to an organisation, given its structure, culture, priorities and context. A decision model can help with the decision, helping evaluate the potential advantages and of each alternative, and can provide insight in the tradeoffs involved, and reveal weaknesses and risks of the chosen alternative.

Keywords: localisation, outsourcing, DTP, engineering, processes, project management

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