Why Multi‑Vendor Localization Strategies work miracles

Why Multi‑Vendor Localization Strategies work miracles

Why Multi‑Vendor Localization Strategies work miracles 1920 1465 Andrzej Nedoma

The term may sound a little complex, but the concept itself is in fact quite the opposite. Simply put, it refers to using more than one LSP service provider to meet all of your localization needs.

Now, you might wonder why a company would want to seemingly complicate things by bringing several LSPs on board to manage a localization project, but as you’ll soon realize there are plenty of good reasons for this.

There’s no one-size-fits-all in localization

You’re not always going to have multi-million-word projects that need to be localized for dozens of markets. That means that having a range of LSPs can be beneficial both in terms of cost and quality. After all, those smaller projects that need to be localized for the local market are probably best assigned to a small, local LSP that’s bound to have a wealth of highly applicable experience.

Time is money in this game

As we all know, deadlines are often tighter than we’d like in the localization world. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have more than one resource to hand to cover your demand. By having multiple LSPs on your books you can split larger projects across a number of providers to ensure you meet those almost impossible deadlines.

Localize round-the-clock without the burnout

It’s no secret that we live in a global world. However, the downside to that is that time waits for no one. So, why not use this to your advantage? By collaborating with a range of LSPs from multiple time zones you can ensure that progress is constantly being made on your project-and all without you having to work insane overtime.

Keep them on their toes

As simple as it may sound, letting those LSPs know that they’re not the only localizers on your books may work wonders for the quality of your end project. After all, once they realize they have to fight for your attention then they can’t put a foot wrong. It’s also likely to spark innovation with vendors and make them more likely to come up with fresh, exciting ideas.

Take your pick of localization tech

Working with a range of LSPs means you get your choice of fancy tools and processes too. Some may include specific translation management systems with their services that can offer real added value to your projects. In other cases, vendors may even be willing to customize systems or integrate tools that perfectly suit your needs. By having a range of options on hand, you can select the tool that best works for you.

As you can see, although setting up a multi-vendor localization strategy can be a little time-consuming at first, it can truly pay dividends in the long run. Ultimately, it serves as pretty much a guarantee that you’ll always have a vendor on hand that’s able to produce a top-quality localization project.

Andrzej Nedoma

Andrzej Nedoma is the Co-founder and CEO of XTRF Management Systems, a global translation management platform provider for translation companies of every size, in-house corporate language departments, and public organizations. His company helped hundreds of translation and localization agencies in 30 countries to leverage their potential. Andrzej was awarded the Polish Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 title in the category “Services”. He has been building his translation industry expertise since 1996 as a business development manager and as a Managing Director for a leading Central European translation company LIDO-LANG Technical Translations which was eventually sold to Sepro Group from Spain. Apart from work, Andrzej is also an engaged triathlete, competing in IronMan triathlon races - this year on Half-IronMan distance and preparing for full-IronMan distance in the near future.

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