First GlobalSight Community Meetings Announced
Open invitation to all interested in breaking new ground
Frederick, Maryland, USA (September 11, 2008) – The GlobalSight Steering Committee has organized two Community Meetings in 2008 to engage the greater GILT (Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation) industry in a discussion on building an open source platform for managing, translating and delivering global content.
The GlobalSight Open Source Initiative was launched in July as a non-captive, open source community to drive the development of a collaborative platform to support the needs of translators, developers, technology providers, language service providers and clients. In the past 6 weeks, over 130 participants have signed-up to join and learn more about how they may collaborate to innovate and contribute to the development of a flexible, sustainable and open source Translation Management System (TMS) that addresses the true needs of the industry.
North American and European GlobalSight Community Meetings are planned around the following esteemed GILT events: Localization World in Madison, Wisconsin on October 13-15 and the LISA Forum Europe Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland on December 8-12.
The North American meeting will be part of the Localization World pre-conference workshops on Monday, October 13. The European meeting will take place after the LISA Forum on Thursday, December 11. Registration for both is free and open to community members, the GILT industry and any other interested parties.
First and foremost, these meetings will address the critical success factors for the future of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative in the GILT industry. They will begin with a comprehensive demo and competitive analysis of the GlobalSight TMS, a product roadmap for open source migration and program/community updates. Further discussions will involve panels on the current state of TMS, adherence to industry standards, integration with key business processes, and open source community models that best leverage knowledge and innovation in the industry.
“The community has grown at an incredible pace,” explains Gary Prioste, Vice President of Technology Solutions at Welocalize. “We receive questions and suggestions almost daily on open source development and community building. These GlobalSight Community Meetings will provide a setting where we can answer questions directly on product features and roadmap, and, most importantly, bring all interested parties together to share ideas on the direction of the program.”
“It is clear that there is a fundamental disconnect in where TMS is heading and what the industry is demanding," adds Smith Yewell, CEO of Welocalize. “The demand from the industry is loud and clear – the future needs to make room for an open source revolution, a non captive platform where all of us in the industry can leverage our collective experience, talent for innovation and history of best practices. The GlobalSight Open Source Initiative offers the platform to organize and execute on these demands. The community meetings offer the first open discussion to put these demands on the map!"
GlobalSight is an Open Source Initiative, sponsored by Welocalize, which aims to drive the development of a collaborative platform to support the needs of translators, developers, technology providers, language service providers and clients. In this non-captive community, participants are free to discuss, discover and build upon a translation process automation tool that provides choice and flexibilityand can be shared by all.
The direction and development of the GlobalSight Open Source Initiative is dictated by community members. For more information and to join the community, please visit www.globalsight.com.
Welocalize offers integrated globalization services for the fluid and rapid deployment of enterprise content and applications to international markets. In response to unique customer needs, we provide globalization consulting, translation, localization and testing solutions that manage risk, improve repeatability and ensure transfer of knowledge from project to project.
Our clients include Autodesk, Inc.; Canon; Cisco Systems; Computer Associates; IBM; Microsoft; Sun; Symantec and Xerox. With over 400 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains 10 offices in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Japan and China. Please visit www.welocalize.com for more information.