In times of increasing international trade, translation process management and project management are becoming ever more important. Translations into a growing number of different languages with shorter time-to-market periods and increasingly complex document and system structures make it necessary to see translation projects not just as isolated tasks performed by individuals, but as a process – part of an integrated whole – involving specific work processes that must be completed before and after the translation.
It is KERN's objective to develop flexible, customized processes together with you that will concentrate your company's internal knowledge. From advice on writing and formatting in a translation-oriented manner, to the preparation, revision, and maintenance of client-specific terminology and the creation and maintenance of translation memory databases, right up to the seamless integration of client-specific processes into a comprehensive workflow, KERN has a vast wealth of experience available to assist you.
The first stage of our co-operation, which is crucial for creating a continuous translation process, entails recording and analyzing your current internal processes. All those involved in the internal processes should participate in this analysis, which determines the standard procedure for the creation of translations. The workflow and concrete process specifications should be documented.
The objective is to improve processes while taking the existing organizational structures into consideration, and thus to make the creation of consistent foreign-language documentation for the introduction of new products more reliable. In this respect, questions concerning the delivery of texts and the use of specific translators and editors are not the only issues that need to be discussed. Key factors to be considered are rather the way in which data is transferred between translation, editing, product information, media, content management, and document management systems as well as questions related to the creation of consistent source texts and a uniform layout that takes into account the different text lengths in the target languages. The content of terminology lists and translations should be coordinated with your internal employees and foreign partners to guarantee the seamless adoption of these specifications into the integrated terminology and translation memory databases.
We can assist you if original texts and translations have to be created in parallel because the original cannot be completed in advance due to its size. A standardized translation process also allows us to plan updates to existing instruction manuals and other technical documents and to implement them without delays caused by missing interfaces or media breaks.
The joint development of editorial guidelines provides additional support for internal and external employees. The guidelines contain all the internal directives and stipulations that those involved in the creation of the documents must observe. Among other things, the guidelines establish linguistic specifications regarding terminology and syntax; design specifications such as typography, layout and, the use of graphics; and aspects of corporate identity such as logos, in-house fonts, and areas of responsibility.
As a result, the documents created are not only more consistent, but rather the overall public image of a company is shaped by this homogeneity.
Having been a partner to industry for many years now, KERN possesses extensive expertise in the area of translation management. Thanks to the experience gained through countless client projects and the tools involved, we can offer an individual solution for every company. We'd be happy to advise you!
The efficient translation process is a key component of the customer-oriented project management at KERN. From arranging orders to maintaining language databases, KERN project managers will create a detailed project schedule in collaboration with you.
At the beginning of a translation project, we will select a suitable KERN project manager to keep you informed about the status of your project at all times. The project manager will plan, budget, and coordinate all aspects of the project. The project manager is responsible for overseeing the entire project and will regularly discuss individual phases of the project with the language services management team.
Your dedicated project manager is additionally responsible for coordinating the translation project with you and our specialist translators, proofreaders, graphic designers, etc. All of KERN's project managers are trained translators and/or interpreters.
As a customer, you can even help us in advance to ensure that we carry out your translation order to your complete satisfaction. The following information provides valuable advice for this purpose:
The time it takes to process a translation depends upon the length and difficulty of the text, the desired language combination, and the quality of the manuscript. Please bear in mind that a professional specialist translator can translate a maximum of 10 to 15 pages per day on average. In the case of difficult texts and uncommon languages, translators need proportionately more time.
When choosing your desired delivery date, please consider the increased workload and time required for additional work, e.g. for text adaptation, proofreading, foreign-language typesetting, editing, graphic design, printing, etc.
Provide KERN with translation aids such as glossaries, reference material, and parallel texts that enable our translators to work more efficiently when producing specialized translations.
The translation process does not only begin when handing over documents to KERN, but rather when the documents themselves are created. When creating a document, you can avoid potential translation problems in the source language by using wording that is suitable for translation. If the possible translation has not been taken into account, texts can often
Moreover, source documents that are suitable for translation facilitate the efficient use of computer-based translation tools such as translation memory systems. Last but not least, the time taken to process and create your multilingual documents will be significantly reduced.
During the development process, a document should be formulated and designed to be as culturally neutral as possible. This includes formalities such as customary forms of address and the use of culturally neutral, non-verbal media such as internationally recognized pictographs. Likewise, the extent of the text in various target languages should be taken into account in terms of formatting the documents and the use of idiomatic expressions.
When creating your documents, the rules that you should observe concerning wording suitable for translation can be summarized as follows:
The highly qualified KERN translation team has many years of experience in translating texts from one language into their particular native language.
The KERN translators of course benefit from a continuous exchange of experience, leading to the formation of a vast pool of knowledge.