Report by Yulia Akhulkova.
TMS stands for Translation Management System. However, there’s no exact standard within the translation and localization industry as to what comprises a TMS.
Some providers and users of these solutions are adamant that TMS is a system that has management functionality and does not necessarily have Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) features. But we call any such technology a Business Management System (BMS) since that’s what it does: it helps manage business operations.
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Throughout this report, we will focus on examples of systems that actually do have CAT tool, management, and QA features — those which are rightly referred to as TMS.
We recently introduced you to the two- (or five-) second rule, which is essentially the reaction or decision-making time a linguist should spend judging whether to post-edit a segment of machine translation (MT) output or to retranslate it. This rule of thumb aims to help increase the linguist’s productivity when working with MT.
Before the rise of Translation Management Systems (TMS), there were CAT tools. A CAT (Computer-Assisted or Computer-Aided Translation) tool is software that allows a user to work with bilingual text – the source and the target (translation).
In May, Nimdzi participated in a private demo of SDL’s new enterprise product, SDL Language Cloud. Our initial impression is that this new product represents a strong step away from SDL’s old-fashioned Worldserver and translation management system (TMS) interfaces into an all-new user experience.