This is re-post from our Main Analyst blog by Kaija Poysti on January 8.
Traveling in Europe during the holidays reminded me again on the importance of languages in the European market. With Bulgaria and Romania joining the EU the size of the European market increased yet again – and made it even more language-intensive. American companies wanting to sell to the European market, or outsource their business processes in the quite interesting former Eastern Europe, need to add yet a couple of more languages to be maintained in materials, web sites etc.
For those interested in reading more about the differences of language requirements in Europe, USA, and Asia, and on the solutions being developed for them, provides an interesting European view. With the rapidly growing requirement for faster and cheaper translations, maximal utilization of automation is the only solution to meet the multilingual needs. This will include a shift towards giving end-users more tools to both understand and produce material in other languages. I believe that some of such new tools will come from outside the traditional translation industry: content management, collaboration tools or similar.
One of the big questions will be: can Machine Translation provide a solution? This will be the topic of my next blog.
Nora Barnes, Chancellor Professor of Marketing & Director, UMD Center for Marketing Research at the University of MA Dartmouth, along with co-author Eric Mattson, have finished their study of the Inc. 500 and their use of social media. This follows-up an earlier study from Nora on corporate blogging.
The obviously interesting headline finding, which I’ve pasted from Nora’s email is:
The Inc. 500 are thoroughly involved in social media at an adoption rate more than twice that of the Fortune 500. Best yet, this is probably the most valid study on corporate blogging etc. done to date, with a very low error level of just +/- 3%.
A summary of the findings in PDF is available here. Nora will be publishing more analysis of the research throughout 2007, some of which she will talk about here as one of our guest bloggers.
Vamosa has released version 2.9 of their content analysis and migration software, Vamosa Content Migrator. Vamosa Content Migrator version 2.9 has enhanced document migration capabilities and introduces ‘link cohesion’ for the document world. Link Cohesion has been a long-standing feature of Vamosa Content Migrator and has been used to great effect when migrating web content to translate all internal website hyperlinks. The extension of this functionality to incorporate documents will be beneficial to organisations with large document and content repositories. Link Cohesion for documents allows Vamosa Content Migrator to analyse organisation’s documents (Word, Excel or PDF etc) and examine links held within those documents. Where necessary the product will automatically and intelligently adjust these links to maintain their validity and ensure that the content referred to by the link remains accessible in the new content management system and architecture. http://www.vamosa.com
BrainKeeper has released it’s Enterprise Wiki software. The BrainKeeper Enterprise Wiki enables the creation of community, and provides the features needed to manage corporate knowledge. As an example, creating training materials with BrainKeeper reduces the time needed for new employees or contracted staff to ramp up and become effective. These training materials can also be used to answer specific questions, be easily updated as the company grows and expands, and help to capture knowledge gained from outside resources. The features within the Enterprise Wiki are specifically designed and developed to work within established business processes. And getting knowledge out of the system can be done in a variety of ways: a search engine, content tags, shortcuts, and dynamic hierarchies. Free trial accounts are available at http://www.brainkeeper.com.
Prodiance Corporation announced the availability of the Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. This new solution helps organizations improve compliance and reduce errors in the financial closing process, tighten internal controls for critical spreadsheets. The solution combines spreadsheet discovery, inventory, migration, analysis, reporting, and auditing technologies from Prodiance with content management and workflow infrastructure from Microsoft. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 incorporates an integrated suite of products from both companies, including: Prodiance Link Migration Manager – an application that migrates spreadsheets from uncontrolled desktops and shared drives into controlled SharePoint 2007 repositories while automatically updating any embedded links to map to their new web folder locations; Prodiance Spreadsheet IQ – an add-in for Microsoft Office Excel that automates spreadsheet discovery, inventory, risk-based analysis, multi-workbook reporting, dependency mapping, and documentation processes; Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Manager – a web service for Excel that automatically audits and compares formula, data, macro, and VB code changes for better reporting, alerting, and tracking of performance and risk indicators; Microsoft Office Excel 2007; and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The Prodiance Spreadsheet Compliance Edition for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is available at http://www.prodiance.com/solutions/sharepoint.html