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April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020

External project management: support from EHLION’s experienced professionals

Does your team struggle to keep up with the project management needs of your translation and complex localization projects? Would you like to relieve your employees of translation management tasks? EHLION’s external project managers will help you to cope with the volume and complexity of your translation projects with ease.

All our project managers have many years of experience in handling translation projects of all sizes. They are all experienced professionals and very familiar with the standard industry tools for translation projects and computer-aided translation.

  • Definition of project management: What is external project management?
  • Our professional services for your projects
  • Advantages and benefits of external project management
  • How much does EHLION’s external project management service cost?

What is external project management?

Any definition of the term project management usually includes comprehensive planning, control, implementation and monitoring of projects, i.e., specific and defined target-oriented projects. Many traditional project management processes have been standardized and numerous educational institutions offer the relevant training.

External project management is the term used when an institution or a company commissions an external person or company to implement a project or plan.  As a rule, however, this usually involves the internal company resources, to a greater or lesser extent.

EHLION specializes in providing experienced external project management experts for all types of localization and translation projects. Our professional project managers can take the pressure off your internal staff and produce technical documentation tailored to your specific requirements.

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Our services for your projects

Thanks to the Internet and remote desktop connections, our external project managers can be extremely flexible and are able to support your team remotely, coordinating highly complex translation projects in a professional manner. Authorizations can be managed using the server solutions of industry-standard translation management tools. These allow you to specify which tasks your external project manager can see and edit,

leaving the ultimate control of the project in the hands of you, the client. Remote management also reduces the number of routine tasks your own team has to perform, freeing up time and energy for more important projects. Of course EHLION project managers can also work for you at your location if you wish, strengthening your own team in a highly efficient manner.

We can provide you with high-quality international project management services in the fields of translation and localization, including the following project steps:

  • Preparation of a comprehensive project plan
  • Coordination of all project managers and translators involved
  • Analysis and preparation of source texts
  • Selection of suitable translators
  • Communication with all parties involved
  • Control of all individual steps of the localization project
  • Comprehensive quality assurance

Advantages and benefits of external project management

In the event of temporary staffing shortages, EHLION’s external project management service will save you the hassle of having to induct new short-term staff or those joining the team from a different department. Because you will always have immediate access to experts who are au fait with the basics of project management for complex localization projects.

EHLION’s project managers are experienced and multilingual, usually hold translation qualifications themselves, and are expert in the use of the most common translation software. Their trained eyes enable them to see how files have to be prepared before the project is created, to ensure that the translation processes will run efficiently. And in addition to this, you will get used to working in an intercultural environment as part of an intercultural team.

EHLION’s external project managers will manage all project steps for you – from project conception through to delivery of the finished translation. They also deal with communications in all directions, especially with the translators, as well as clarifying queries and passing on all necessary reference materials and style specifications.

Our professional external project managers will quickly step in to free up bottlenecks within your company or to manage any large localization projects that require immediate attention. You can employ EHLION’s project managers on an hourly or part-time basis and, if necessary, for several weeks or months at a time.

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How much does EHLION’s external project management service cost?

Are you interested in external project management from our trained experts? Would like to know what costs you should calculate for?  We would be happy to prepare an obligation-free quote for you and your company. To be able to provide you with an accurate quote, we will need comprehensive information on the scope and complexity of your upcoming projects.

Get in touch to provide us with the key information we need, including:

  • Translation volume: The scope of the project to be implemented
  • The number of internal and external people involved
  • The number of external project managers you require
  • Whether you would require our project managers to work remotely or on site at your company
  • The number of internal employees included in the project team
  • The rate of urgency for the project, including the final project deadline
April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020

Custom-tailored consulting for businesses

EHLION’s consultation services are designed to help you make the right choices when it comes to creating content for foreign-language markets and communicating effectively on a global level. We provide independent advice tailored to the specific needs and demands of your business to ensure you get the most out of your time, money and resources and to help you streamline your foreign-language content management.

Expert advice you can trust

We’ve been helping global businesses maximize every aspect of their international communication for years. Together with our qualified language specialists, we provide tailored, independent advice designed to help you operate in line with global best practices and develop solutions to address all your strategic, technical and content-related needs.

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Helping you find the right strategy

Whether you’re just starting to plan and structure your company’s foreign language management or your existing management approach is in need of reorganization and streamlining, our consultants can help you avoid common pitfalls and optimize internal processes and projects. We can easily provide tailored concepts for individual aspects of your foreign language management system or provide direct support wherever you need it, up to and including handling all organizational tasks.

Saving you time, money and resources

Our consulting services are designed to help you optimize time, costs and resources. By working together with you to analyze and evaluate your existing management approach, we can design efficient new processes that take advantage of previously hidden opportunities to reduce costs and achieve more with less.

Assuring quality

Our consultation services are also focused on helping you assure quality localizations from project to project. One way we do this is through professional terminology management to ensure accurate terminology and consistent brand communication across all languages and language pairs.

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Technical support where you need it

Knowing what kinds of technology can help your business manage its foreign-language content more effectively — and knowing how and when to use it — can make a big difference. We can show you the pros and cons of different file format and interface options  and help you select a suitable CAT tool to manage your terminology and localized content. For our translation and localization services, we use SDL Trados and Across, the industry’s leading CAT tools. The CAT advice we provide is 100% independent and centered on providing you with the tools you need, not the tools we prefer.

We also offer support to help you get your chosen CAT tools up and running and properly configured. If your content managers and translators are new to computer aided translation (CAT), we can also arrange custom classes and training sessions designed to address individual issues and get everyone up to speed.

Learn from the experts

Our qualified language specialists are experts in creating, managing and optimizing multilingual content for over 25 industries and fields around the globe. Get in touch with us to learn how our professional training services can help your workers meet and exceed the growing demands of global business too.

April 24, 2020

International skills training seminars

EHLION’s corporate skills seminars offer tailor-made training in the fields of language and international communication. Looking to prepare employees for international assignments, strengthen intercultural communication skills in your multinational team, or start using CAT tools in your company? If so, we can offer you a range of seminars tailored to your individual needs and working environment and run by our network of experienced trainers and practitioners.We get to the root of the issues that matter to you and create genuine added value for your company.

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Stand out on the international stage

EHLION’s corporate skills training gives you the opportunity to gain international recognition for your intercultural skills and communication – both as a provider of high-quality products and services and as an employer and customer. Our language consulting team can support you in creating professional and effective international communication strategies across all platforms. And our cross-cultural coaching gives you the skills you need to maintain productive business relationships with foreign customers and partners.

We tailor our seminars to your requirements. We offer a range of formats including webinars, presentations, and interactive learning in small groups. We would be delighted to have the opportunity to run our skills training programs in your company. If you prefer, we can also organize training sessions and seminars at an alternative venue of your choice.

Technology training for translation and content management

As well as training people in the soft skills associated with languages and intercultural communication, we also offer seminars geared towards helping you learn to use new technologies to boost your productivity. EHLION’s CAT tools training & support service is based on many years of using industry-leading software such as SDL Trados, Transit NXT and Across. That makes us a great choice to advise you on incorporating or optimizing this technology in your company. In EHLION’s CMS training programs, our professional facilitators focus on your individual needs and help you implement suitable versions of all industry-standard CM systems.

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Tailor-made training seminars for global skills.
April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020

CM systems and XML editing systems: Finding the right software solution for your content!

When it comes to data, texts and content, whether for online applications or in the form of traditional print media, nothing trumps excellent quality. Although … that’s not exactly true: data and content are only as good as their management and potential uses.

 Information is only valuable
if it can be easily managed and published! 

Internationally operating companies and those that want to access new customer markets abroad need user-friendly data and content management systems (CMS) that simply work, so that their employees can learn to use them quickly and efficiently.

Managing journalistic content is easy with the rightcontent management and XML editing systems.

  • Which CMS is best for my company?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of different CMS solutions?
  • Would an open source software package be suitable or not?
  • How long does it take to learn to use the software?
  • Does the solution come with the necessary CMS support services, as well as training for my employees?
  • Is the CMS program scalable and flexible?
  • What are the maintenance costs for the CMS?

Are these the kind of questions you’re asking yourself? Then our CMS support service is exactly what you need, because:

Our core task at EHLION is to ensure that your international customer communications work flawlessly – to which end, we’ll give you the full benefit of our translation management, Technical Documentation and Terminology creation know-how.

Our CM and editing systems consultancy service will help make the creation and maintenance of your content as simple and cost-effective as possible, for everything from:

  • websites,
  • print media, including magazines, newspapers and periodicals,
  • technical documentation or to
  • product information.

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Contents

  • Our consultancy services for the selection, implementation and application of the appropriate CMS and editing system
  • CMS courses with EHLION: our range of courses for the efficient management of your CMS solution
  • What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Our consultancy services for the selection, implementation and application of the appropriate CMS and editing system

As a full-service agency for language services, EHLION is familiar with the challenges of managing data efficiently and economically. You’ll benefit directly from our own experience with a wide variety of editing systems and CMS programs, which will save you time and money. We’ll advise you from a user perspective, and our comprehensive consultancy service will help you to select the right system for your specific requirements. 

We’ll provide you with expert support throughout the preparation and rollout of your new CMS. We’ll put together a shortlist of recommended CMS and editing systems based on the range of functions you need for your website project.

In addition to advice on choosing the right CM software, we’ll also provide you with expert post-implementation support for your documentation processes.

Our consultancy service is not based on any one system – because our aim is to help you find an editing or content management system tailored to your specific needs.

At EHLION we are familiar with the most important editing systems, including 

  • Schema ST4
  • GFT Editorial System XML
  • TIM-RS
  • COSIMA go!
  • Noxum Publishing Studio.

CMS training with EHLION

We won’t abandon you when it comes to the introduction and implementation of your new CM system. We will be glad to support you by providing training for your employees in the form of seminars and courses for your (new) content management system.

Of course, we can also provide training on your existing CMS should you require it.

Content of our practical CMS training courses: 

Whether you need one-to-one or company-wide training, all our CMS courses are delivered by trainers with sound practical experience. Among other things, the participants will learn about

  • the initial setup (configuration) or basic installation of the CMS
  • how to configure the editing rights / access rights,
  • how to use and adapt the user interface,
  • and about the full functionality of the CMS.
  • They will also be given a full overview of the various input fields and page structure, and
  • will learn how to quickly resolve any technical issues themselves.

All our CMS courses are designed for people with no specific IT skills, and no HTML or programming experience is required.

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What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Content management systems (CMS), also known as content management solutions or CMS programs, are software products that are used to manage content.

In most cases, this involves the managing and maintaining content for

  • websites,
  • online applications or
  • online portals.

The content of online services and websites includes far more than just text : videos, graphics, photos in various formats (e.g. JPG, PNG, PDF, MPEG 4 etc.) are just some of the media forms used on most websites.

It is important for any CM system to store and maintain data in a media-neutral manner, as the display format is not generated until it is accessed, especially in fully dynamic systems.

Good CM systems make data management simple and efficient.

A good CMS solution should make managing your content as simple as possible: this means that your employees should be able to use it to create and organize content and manage data, even if they have no background in content management and lack specific programming knowledge or relevant experience with HTML.

User – friendly interfaces, understandable structure and intuitive operation.

These are just a few of the things a CM system needs to have, in addition to an efficient support structure for dealing with any issues that may arise. On top of this, a wide range of training courses should also be available for your specific content management system.

Some of the more popular traditional content management systems (with attached databases) are:

Typo 3 Redaxo
WordPress Craft
Contao Bolt
Drupal Fork
Joomla Magento (e-commerce software)

 

There are many open source (i.e. free) CM solutions available, and a number of others are available at a relatively low price. Open-source software (OSS) is software that is distributed with source code that can be read or modified by users.

Also, with OSS solutions there is often a multitude of program extensions (so-called plug-ins) , some of which have to be paid for while others are free. These serve to extend the functionality of the software as required. For these reasons, and because OSS solutions are usually free of charge, they are particularly popular and widespread.

Find the ideal solution with a little help from EHLION.

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April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020

Intercultural coaching for global success

Is yours a multinational company and are you looking for ways to improve collaboration in a strongly intercultural environment? Or is your company operating more and more at an international level, and you’re interested in mastering worldwide business relations? Professional intercultural coaching can help and prepare you and your employees to perform at a top level in these processes.

For example, we can prepare you specifically for important foreign assignments in new target markets. Our coaches are familiar with the country, culture and people. And if required, we will ensure that a competent coach accompanies you throughout the entire assignment, for example as an interpreter during negotiations.

Our intercultural training, which we deliver in in internal coaching sessions, will also sensitize you and your employees to all the challenges involved in dealing with customers and colleagues from other cultures. EHLION’s intercultural coaching will help your multinational teams to become unbeatable. Talk to us – we’ll adapt our coaching service to meet your specific requirements.

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  • What is intercultural coaching or cultural coaching?
  • The Importance of Intercultural Coaching in Business Life
  • Target groups: Who is intercultural coaching recommended for?
  • Intercultural coaching by EHLION: What you can expect

What is Intercultural Coaching / Cultural Coaching?

Intercultural competence is the ability to interact and communicate successfully with people from other cultures. Intercultural coaching aims to equip you with the skills needed for successful intercultural interactions and communication in a targeted manner. A central aspect to this is knowing how to handle cultural differences in a sensitive manner.

Avoid problems due to culture-specific misunderstandings and conflicts! 

EHLION’s intercultural coaches are qualified trainers who will prepare you or your employees to deal with all the challenges you’re likely to encounter in the intercultural business world. We’ll ensure that your employees develop the necessary sensitivity and competence they’ll need for interfacing with customers and colleagues abroad.

The importance of intercultural coaching in business life

EHLION’s intercultural coaching will help you to build successful business relationships across cultural divides. Our experienced and professional coaches are completely familiar with the local cultural customs and business etiquette.

Building successful business relationships – across cultural boundaries 

For example, our intercultural training will familiarize you with the working and leadership styles in the target country so that you can successfully communicate with and motivate employees there. EHLION’s coaches will give you valuable tips on conflict management and negotiation in the target country, and will explain the differences in attitudes towards physical contact as well as the meaning of gestures and facial expressions.

 

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Who benefits from intercultural coaching?

EHLION provides bespoke intercultural coaching, primarily targeted at international corporate executives who often have to conduct high-level negotiations abroad. But we would also be happy to prepare your employees for assignments abroad.

Is yours a global company with a workforce made up of different nationalities? We support companies by providing bespoke intercultural training services for their multinational teams. We design and implement intercultural team building for both smaller and larger groups.

Our training courses can show you how to tap into cultural differences to create highly creative, high-performance teams. Raising your employees’ awareness of cultural issues and implementing a constructive approach to cross-cultural conflicts can make your business even more successful.

EHLION’s intercultural coaching: what you can expect

Rather than using pre-prepared materials for our intercultural coaching, we will adapt the content and methodology to meet your requirements. We offer individual coaching for executives as well as training sessions for large and small teams. The content and subject areas may include topics such things as:

  • Communications in a multinational team
  • Specific cultural characteristics of countries or regions
  • Resolving conflicts and promoting cohesion in a multinational team
  • Making productive use of cultural differences
  • Culture-specific handling of information
  • Successful negotiation in a foreign culture
  • Business etiquette: Special features in business life
  • Preparation for high-level negotiations

Get in touch with us to find out more about our intercultural coaching services!

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If you are interested in learning about business practices in China you can also read more about Chinese negotiation practices, Chinese business hospitality and more in our EHLION magazine.

April 24, 2020

Helping you find the right CAT tools

EHLION can help you choose the best Computer Aided Translation (CAT) tools to meet your company’s needs. We also offer tailored training courses designed to get your content managers and translators up to speed as quickly as possible with your new software. We work with the industry’s leading CAT tools every day, which means we understand the unique challenges and benefits of using each and can help you select the tools best suited to your business.

CAT setup support

Introducing new tools is always something of a challenge. EHLION provides full CAT setup support to help you get the tools of your choice up and running, complete with custom configurations and workflows built to maximize quality and efficiency. We’ll work closely with your CAT managers and, if needed, with the manufacturers of your tools to ensure you get the configuration you need.

Once your CAT tools are up and running, we’ll run through a series of practical tests with you to make sure you’re using the best settings for your requirements. We can also provide help choosing the right database structure for storing your translated content and for managing terminology as well as regular appointments to help you fine-tune your setup as new requirements and issues arise. If you’d like to add other tools down the line, such as authoring systems, we’ll work with our technology partners to ensure smooth integration with your CAT configuration.

Independent training and consulting

EHLION’s CAT tools training & support service is based on many years of using industry-leading software such as SDL Trados and Across. We provide independent, use-oriented consulting and training covering all aspects of computer-aided translation, from terminology management to quality assurance and workflow optimization.

In addition to training, EHLION also offers tailored in-depth advice on choosing and implementing CAT solutions. We have years of experience using CAT tools to provide high-quality language services and can help you choose a solution and configuration best suited to meet your needs.