The Benefits of Picking a Translation Partner that Automates
What could you do with an extra three days?
In the long run, five minutes here and there adds up. The little tasks that are part of translating—transferring files, cutting and pasting, creating new projects or quotes—can now be automated. By taking out these little tasks, you could end up saving days, or even weeks, of work over a half-year period. This is project management and engineering time you don’t have to pay for. Automating these little tasks frees you and your team up to focus on more important work (like taking that vacation you’ve been saving for).
What’s the difference between automation and machine translation?
We’ve written before about machine translation, but automation is different. Machine translation trains a computer to recognize words and their contexts in order to produce a mostly accurate translation.
While machine translation can help automate some of the process, we’re talking here about automation that speeds up the bits in between translation steps. Automation doesn’t actually touch the words at all, but instead eliminates many of the manual tasks required to prepare or transfer projects. For example, you can automate the transfer of text from a software UI to a translation management system (TMS), the creation of new projects in your translation partners TMS, or the quote approval process.
At Venga, we’ve built some degree of automation into all of our partners’ translation processes. When we automate, we aim to reduce the time it takes to do a set number of tasks while still providing quality work and cost savings. Recently, we’ve helped save some of our partners anywhere between 4 to 18 hours a month by automating these little tasks.
Benefits of automating
Automating first allows you to maintain a regular schedule. Because you know exactly how fast something is done, you can plan tasks out more accurately ahead of time.
You also will start to see more consistent results. No matter how well trained your team is, there are bound to be a few differences from one person’s process to another’s. Automation reduces the risk of introducing human errors into otherwise simple processes. If a human touch isn’t necessary for the task, automating it will give you better consistency.
Is automation a larger trend?
Most definitely! If you look at almost any software system, you’ll start noticing an uptick in the automation-related functionality in the updates they release. More and more features are being added to help eliminate manual steps or streamline the user experience. So the more you can automate, the more time you’ll save yourself now and in the future.
To find out how Venga can help you automate your translation systems, check out our suite of automated tools and translation software, or contact us to learn how we can help you start automating and saving time.