Building LSC core tech landscape based on free software
Having ‘your own’ software for the essential business processes is giving language service companies (LSCs) the plus of customising processes according to their customers needs – and their own. Proprietary software imposes a lot of restrictions regarding technical possibilities and license issues. Building your own software is far too expensive for most LSCs, and free software has so far rarely existed in the translation industry as an alternative. The latter is changing right now, kicked of by a successful crowdfunding for an Open Source Translation System in 2015/2016. We’ll show how free software development is working in regard to business impact, decision-making, community and professional support – in general and at the examples of translate5 and OpenTM2. We’ll discuss the difference between free software and “unfree” open source approaches and why free software can be important for business owners in today’s industry landscape. And we’ll show the practical example of how an LSC can build their own system landscape based on free software, with own development and proprietary software, and how this can work out.