Article by Valeria Nanni.
The translation technology landscape is continually evolving, and it’s quite impressive to see just how many tools are out there right now. Yet, given the sheer number of available platforms, it can be quite daunting and confusing to shop for a solution, and you may be worrying whether you have to spend a fortune to get what you need. The good news is that with a wide variety of tools, comes a wide variety of options — for all budget levels.
So how do you know what tool is right for you? A good starting point is mapping your current setup, keeping one eye on future needs. Different tools have different focuses and payment models, and knowing where you are right now and what you might need in both the mid and long term will help you find a tool that best matches your needs.
Here are some key questions to guide you on your search for the ideal platform for you:
Some tools charge you more as your volumes increase, while with others you pay based on the number of languages you support. This is an aspect to consider carefully if your volumes have been increasing steadily over time, if you know you’ll get bigger projects going forward, or if you’re planning to expand to more markets. If this payment model doesn’t seem like it will be right for you, there are tools that have a set subscription fee or that charge per user account license instead.
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