Software localization for High-tech and IT Industries

Unlocking Global Markets: How to Automate Software Localization for High-tech and IT Industries

Globalization has made launching software products and IT services faster, easier, and cheaper than ever. Today, businesses can leverage cloud technology to test and scale their ideas globally, instead of investing in infrastructure to do so locally. This dramatically reduces the cost and time to market, and frees up capital for research and development. In addition to virtual launches, businesses can partner with local vendors, hire local employees, and access physical resources at lower prices to further reduce expenses.  

Yet despite the advantages, globalization increases the pressure to speed up development cycles, optimize costs, and automate processes—without sacrificing the user experience. 

Linguistic and cultural differences add another layer of complexity when you launch in other markets. You need to localize software regularly in multiple languages, which is expensive and time-consuming—unless you have a scalable process in place. 

Fortunately, AI-powered continuous localization enables you to quickly and accurately translate everything you need for a successful launch and ongoing releases.

What Is Software Localization?

To appreciate the benefits of continuous localization, you need a basic understanding of the software localization process. Simply put, it involves adapting software products to meet the linguistic, cultural, and other specific needs of a country or region—within the software design. This extends beyond text translation to adapt functionality, user interface, and design elements to ensure the product feels intuitive to local users. 

The process involves:

However, software localization goes beyond the product itself to include localizing:

Taking everything into account, software localization encompasses everything from initial development and launch to marketing, customer support, and ongoing updates. 

The Benefits of Software Localization

Now that you know more about the software localization process, let’s look at five key business benefits it can provide. 

Software localization enables you to reach a wider customer base and increase market penetration in the target locale. That’s because it takes into account the local language, culture, and user preferences. For example, let’s say you want to launch in Japan. You would not only need to translate content into Japanese, but also adapt the interface to meet the local preference for minimalist designs. 

Furthermore, 65% of customers prefer to buy products with information in their own language. And 40% won’t buy in another language. By localizing your software, you’ll access a much larger portion of the local market. Even if your target customers typically speak English as a second language, you’ll gain a competitive advantage over products and services that are English-only.  

By localizing software, you demonstrate your commitment to customer satisfaction and a global outlook. This can enhance your reputation, build customer trust, and create positive associations with the brand. 

Adobe, for example, earned its position as a global leader in creative solutions by localizing software products, user interfaces, and documentation into multiple languages. Taking this approach made the company’s creative software more accessible and user-friendly for international customers.  

Software localization enhances the user experience by adapting the product to the local market. It ensures users can navigate the interface, understand instructions, and interact more effectively. 

For example, let’s say you want to localize software for the Indian market. You’ll need to develop an application that’s lightweight, fast-loading, and accommodates multiple languages. This will make it more user-friendly in the multilingual nation with low bandwidth environments. 

When users can navigate your software intuitively, it reduces the need for customer support and training. As a result, you can allocate fewer resources to support the localized versions. For instance, if the user interface is clear and consistent, users may not need to contact customer support for help in navigating the software. This saves the company time and money. 

Countries have different legal and regulatory requirements regarding language, content, data collection, and privacy. Software localization ensures compliance with these requirements, and allows you to operate in those markets without complications. In France, for example, software must include a French language version, and online services must include a French version of the data privacy policy. 

How to Keep your Software Up-to-date with Continuous Localization

Manually updating software and any accompanying materials is not only expensive and time-consuming. It can also make it difficult to ensure consistent quality across all languages and content due to the number of teams and departments involved. Fortunately, continuous localization automates the process and allows you to update software in multiple languages simultaneously for faster releases. 

WordsOnline by Jonckers

WordOnline is our proprietary continuous localization platform that manages translations for any type of content in any language in the cloud. It combines neural machine translation and translation memory technology with an AI-empowered translation community to deliver the highest-quality results. WordsOnline provides control, transparency, and scalability—no matter the size of your project. 

Here’s how it works:

To ensure quality, we have AI-powered verification throughout the platform, and all of our translators are trained, tested, and accredited. This guarantees that even the most complex technical and IT translations meet industry standards.   

And our monthly subscription model enables you to manage your budget without having to approve every project. This reduces your translation costs and workload. 

Continuous Software Localization Success Stories

Yet you don’t need to take our word for it. Some of the biggest names in IT and software rely on WordsOnline. Here’s a look at 4 of our greatest success stories.

Case Study: Microsoft localizes over 1 million words per month

Microsoft Customer Experience & Success (CE&S), the division that provides global support for all Microsoft products, needed to localize its customer service-related content. 

Microsoft Case Study

In this case study, we’ll explore how Microsoft safeguards its reputation, how their corporate culture influences communications, and what types of content Microsoft CE & S regularly translate.

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Case Study: Adobe localizes over 8,000 videos in 8 months

Adobe Experience League, the software’s e-learning hub, needed a partner to deliver a high volume of localized videos with subtitles, voiceover, and time-coded transcriptions. 

Case Study: Digital Assistants support customers with human-like multilingual chatbots

A multinational software development company that creates chatbots and digital assistants needed to record human-like voices in multiple languages. 

Case Study: Functional Testing at Scale

Our clients are leading software and tech companies that have tight release schedules and regular updates. Each release needs quality assurance to protect the brands from costly bugs and performance issues that could damage their reputation.  


Scale Your Software Development with Jonckers

At Jonckers, we provide the customized solutions you need for a successful software release. We go beyond technical translations to provide continuous localization, functional testing, multilingual marketing, and more.   

Ready to launch in a new market? Contact us today! 


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