Recent translation industry research

Common Sense Advisory (CSA) has published its Fourth-Quarter Global Business Confidence Survey on the translation services industry.

The surveys polled buyers and suppliers of language services and technology about their current business situation, plans, and expectations for the near future.

CSA has also just published SDL 2005: Challenges and Opportunities, the second in its series on assessing the (few) publicly traded language service companies.

After IDC and ABI Research and a few others had a go at mapping the language services / localization (software) space during the late 1990s and early 2000s, CSA is now establishing itself as the only research company that is providing sustained close tracking of the translation / localization industry in the context of global business challenges. I should declare an interest here, since I have worked with CSA, though not on these reports. Still, since you only work with companies because you like the way they do things…


Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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