Globalization Partners International (GPI) provides a wide range of globalization services including translation, internationalization, and localization of software, websites and documentation. In order to stay current with the latest technologies and practices in global software, website and business development, Globalization Partners International's professionals are active in their professional development associations. GPI is a member of the Globalization and Localization Association and Software & Information Industry Association.
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Where to look for and what to look for in a Localization Company:
While there are hundreds of localization companies to choose from, prospective clients should research their choice of localization companies thoroughly. Checking with the professional associations where these firms gather is a great place to start. Especially in a field where technologies and players are changing from year to year. The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is the premier organization focused solely on the Globalization and Localization profession.
If you are searching for a Localization Company, attending one of the four annual conferences is a great place to meet most of the "players" in the localization services space. Typically, two are held in the USA and one in Europe and Asia.
When selecting a Localization Company, be sure to not only review their service offering, but make sure you meet the team who will be working on your account. Many companies have comparable service offerings, but the differentiators are your account team. Insist on interviewing your project manager and any other members of the team you would like. All localization companies should be willing to submit a sample translation. By requiring this, you are able to see how a company engages a client, provides quotations and in general how they educate you on their processes and people. Going through the "sample exercise" can tell you more than a 30 page RFP.
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For more information on how GPI can help you internationalize your product, feel free to browse through our website or get in touch with one of our representatives by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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