IBM Globalization Pipeline – The World Awaits Your App

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To reach customers worldwide and to get them to use your applications, it is more important than ever to globalize your applications. Globalizing your apps entails a lot of things – from enabling support for the written scripts and cultural preferences of your users (using standard internationalization libraries and frameworks such as International Components for Unicode), to meeting individual country regulatory and security requirements, to selectively translating your application user interface.

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From a translation perspective, it all comes down to the fact that users prefer to communicate and transact business in their native language. However, while software development teams and product managers acknowledge that they need to build translation into their release plans, the problem remains that in a world of DevOps and rapid innovation and release, translation often requires a manual set of operations and tools that have all the potential to slow down and even bring continuous delivery to a staggering halt.

To address this business and technical challenge, IBM is announcing the general availability release of IBM Globalization Pipeline. IBM Globalization Pipeline is a Bluemix service that integrates translation processes into the DevOps tool chain, enabling developers to translate their application user interface into different languages to communicate with their global customers, without disrupting or impeding their ability to rapidly innovate and deploy their apps.

IBM Globalization Pipeline integrates seamlessly with DevOps

IBM Globalization Pipeline accommodates enterprise application teams that may already be translating but want to adapt their processes to their new Cloud development environment, as well as app developers new to translation who want to get started without a large investment in building out their own translation platform and services.

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

The following are key capabilities of IBM Globalization Pipeline:

  • RESTful APIs:
    Callable from both Bluemix and mobile applications.
  • Flexible import/export options:
    The import and export of application resource files in a variety of formats, including Java properties, JSON, and AMD i18n. IBM Globalization Pipeline also allows for the import of existing translations for developers who wish to leverage their previous investments.
  • Integrated machine translation:
    Includes editing capabilities to ensure quality and consistency. IBM Globalization Pipeline stores the translation so that once strings are translated and edited, you don’t need to re-translate unless the source changes. IBM Globalization Pipeline provides built-in generic machine translation in major market languages. Optionally, you can also connect to other machine translation engines such as Watson Language Translation for additional languages and customized machine translation.
  • Comprehensive set of open source SDKs:
    Available on GitHub, SDKs include Java, JavaScript, Node.js, Angular, Ruby, Python, plus an Apache Cordova plugin. These enable app developers to hook up Globalization Pipeline to their apps to transparently update translations without having to rebuild or redeploy and to get translation to customers fast.
  • Stage in IBM Delivery Pipeline.
  • A plugin to IBM UrbanCode Deploy to automate translation in an UrbanCode Deploy environment.

In summary, IBM Globalization Pipeline provides application developers with an end-to-end solution for automating the translation of their Cloud and Mobile applications (whether hosted on Bluemix or their own AWS Cloud platform).  IBM Globalization Pipeline makes it easy for you to provide your global customers with applications translated into the languages in which they do business.

Pricing and Migration from Beta Service

For information about IBM Globalization Pipeline pricing, see Estimating IBM Globalization Pipeline Data Usage. If you are a user of the IBM Globalization Pipeline beta version, you will need to migrate your existing translation to the GA version as soon as possible. For additional details, see IBM Globalization Pipeline Beta Retirement.

Learn More

Ready to engage your customers everywhere in their native language? Below are resources to help you learn about IBM Globalization Pipeline:

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