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According to a 2014 survey by Common Sense Advisory of more than 3,000 global consumers in 10 non-Anglophone countries in Europe, Asia, and South America, 75% prefer to buy products in their native language. In addition, 60% rarely or never buy from English-only websites.

75% of consumers prefer to buy products in their native language.Common Sense Advisory survey

With stats such as these in mind, Cloud and Mobile Application Developers understand that it is vital to translate their applications to open new global markets and reach new customers. However, as these same developers adopt new DevOps/Continuous Delivery methods and approaches to rapidly enhance and deploy their apps, they are cautious to take on ancillary tasks such as translation that may impede their frequent releases schedules and continuous innovation.

Translate your cloud and mobile apps on Bluemix to open global markets

Introducing IBM Globalization Pipeline, a Bluemix service, now in Beta, that enables developers to translate their application content into different languages and open new global markets for their apps rapidly and inexpensively, without having to step outside of their Bluemix DevOps/Continuous Delivery infrastructure.

Globalization Pipeline accommodates both the enterprise application team that may already be translating but want to adapt their processes to their new Cloud development environment, and app developers new to translation who want to get started without a large investment in understanding translation processes, securing vendors, or implementing new tools.

Using Globalization Pipeline, Dev teams can now focus on core development activities rather than spending time manually setting up translation processes, managing translation vendors, file handling, tracking application updates, rebuilding and redeploying whenever there is a translation update, and other manual time and resource intensive activities traditionally associated with software translation.

Key features of Globalization Pipeline

  • The import and export of applications source files in a variety of formats, including: Java properties, JSON, AMD i18n, iOS .strings format, GetText PO/POT, and Android string resource. Globalization Pipeline also allows for the import of existing translations for developers who wish to leverage their previous investments
  • Integrated machine translation with human post-editing capabilities to ensure consistency. Globalization Pipeline stores the translation in a backend database so that once strings are translated and edited, you don’t need to re-translate unless the source changes. In the Beta release, the service will support English as a source language, plus 9 target languages: French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean
  • Plugins to IBM Delivery Pipeline and IBM UrbanCode Deploy to automate the push of new source content to the Globalization Pipeline service for translation
  • A comprehensive set of open source SDKs (Java, JavaScript, Node.js, Angular, Ruby, Python, plus an Apache Cordova plugin), that enable app developers to transparently update translations in their applications without having to rebuild or redeploy.

In summary, Globalization Pipeline provides Bluemix app developers with an end-to-end solution for automating the translation of their Cloud and Mobile applications. IBM Globalization Pipeline makes it easy for you to provide your global customers with Bluemix applications translated into the languages in which they work.

Want to learn more?

Check out this video that describes how to get started:

And then look for Globalization Pipeline in the Bluemix catalog under DevOps.

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