At XTRF, we’re a small company. We’re so small, that when a client asks how big we are, we have to spell it out for them. Instead of sixty, what is typically heard is sixteen, so we have to say six-zero. Anyway, we’re small. And, like in every small company, if you can’t work harder, you have to work smarter. That’s why automation runs in our blood. It can be seen in our product, but also in our day-to-day work.
We’ve all seen lately what a huge leap forward machine-generated translation has made. Who among us did not ridicule Google Translate’s quality 10 years ago? Yet, progress has been steadily made by developers, and in 2018 it delivers widely acceptable translations by means of what is called “next-generation Neural translation technology.”
Combining data from different systems, their convenient and easy presentation, and enabling cooperation between multiple users are the key features of any good reporting system. And since all of them are supported by both XTRF and Google SpreadSheets, we struck upon the idea that the combination of these two tools would make reporting yet easier, more enjoyable, and even more effective.
Products and services. Content and form. Everything we perceive can elicit our reaction — emotional or behavioral. Depending on what we experience, we may like or dislike the source, desire or avoid it. People use software products or services to achieve a goal or complete a task — not only for the sake of using them. Hence, any product should help the user and assist him throughout. The reason why products exist is that they can simplify our life or work.
While several years ago the term “encryption” was mostly related to banking and other high-security enterprises, recently there is an urgency to modernise the Internet to be encrypted by default. It is no longer a fancy and expensive addition to a website, you should take up this trend and get rid of insecure legacy systems.
Almost every IT system uses data. To be conveniently accessed from an application, it is stored in data repositories. The most popular types are file systems and databases. The type of repository is chosen at an early stage of system creation and strongly depends on the planned functionality of the system.
Two weeks ago one of our customers shared a beautiful business reports he created using Google Data Studio.
Over 80% of translation agencies are struggling to keep project margins. They serve more small projects, more language combinations, different file formats while keeping even tighter deadlines with a lower budget per unit.
We visited Amsterdam last week to take part in the annual GALA Conference. Great opportunity to network and exchange knowledge, the conference program was packed with valuable insights. All of you who attended know how good it was. For those who missed it, there’s a chance to re-live some of this experience!