Technicis offers training that helps translators progress in their fields of specialisation
On 22 June, five translators had the opportunity to participate in an introductory training session on medical translation at Technicis’ Paris offices. Organising these training sessions is part of the quality strategy of Europe’s leading translation group.
Many translators wish to continue to gain skills and knowledge so as to widen the range of projects open to them. Training yourself in a new field means increasing your chances of receiving interesting projects and expanding your clientele. Technicis has decided to be proactive by offering training in medical translation to its network of translators. The goal is to allow translators to sharpen their skills or begin specialising in a new field.
Marie-Alice Rebours, an English-French translator since 2009 and an assistant professor at Université Lumière Lyon 2, conducted this first training session via videoconference.
The six-hour session proceeded in several steps:
A test of basic medical terminology and spellings, to get everyone's feet wet.
An introduction to clinical trials: what the specific terminology is, how to structure a synopsis, presentation of documents.
An in-depth look at oncological clinical trials and the associated terminology, including a presentation on RECIST (“New Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumours”) criteria.
A presentation on the SPC (Summary of Product Characteristics), its structure and its online documentation, which is an important terminological resource for medical translation.
The Dos/Don’ts of medical translation, the preferred expressions and terms.
In addition to medical translation, the training session also allowed the translators to meet several Key Account Managers, whom they correspond with regularly by email. They were able to ask questions and discuss their respective issues over a pre-training breakfast.
More partner translators will be able to participate in future training sessions, either at Technicis office locations or via videoconference, if the content of the training session allows it.
If you would like to stay up-to-date about future Technicis Group events or if you have any suggestions, don't hesitate to contact us!
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Technicis is once again partnering with Kent State University (USA) for a second round of training, resulting in a proofreading diploma
This year, Kent State University is again putting on the “Technicis Proofreading Training” programme.
The aim of this training is to provide translators with the means to carry out quality control for any language combination.
Thanks to special software used to meet client demands, Technicis is able to check and validate certain specific points in a translation against the original text based on a well-defined checklist:
Formatting: number of paragraphs, spaces, headers and footers, notes and comments, table of content, etc.
Specificities of a given project: application of instructions given by the client, compliance with a style guide, etc.
This partnership enables Technicis to consolidate its pool of qualified proofreaders while also helping future generations of translators.
Best of luck to everyone!
47 days ago
The Technicis Group, the professional translation specialist, pursues its external growth strategy by expanding into Northern Europe with the acquisition of AAC Global.
Boulogne-Billancourt, 24 October 2018 - The Technicis Group – the number one professional translation agency in Europe – is announcing a new acquisition today, which will reinforce the Group’s presence in the Scandinavian region. This acquisition, the fourth in 2018, reflects Technicis’ pursuit of their 2012 development strategy, with the goal of becoming one of the top five translation agencies worldwide by 2020.
AAC Global - a leader in the Nordic market
AAC Global helps businesses succeed by providing translation and localization services for all types of content, tailored face-to-face and digital training solutions for any learning need, and marketing content production for every channel. AAC’s customer focus combined with its growth strategy resulted in revenue growth of nearly €2 million (+14%) to €15,9 million in 2017. AAC Global has 130 employees and over 1,200 customer accounts globally. AAC is one of the leading Nordic providers, with local offices in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Benjamin du Fraysseix, CEO of the Technicis Group, comments: “We have been observing an increase in requests from our clients for expertise in Nordic languages for quite some time now. It is a logical step for us to continue our recent strategic acquisitions with the addition of one of the leaders in the Scandinavian market. The arrival of AAC Global will bring three key elements to the group: a prominent presence in the network of Scandinavian translators, a strong position in three markets (Finland, Sweden, and Denmark), and a new area of expertise for the group in learning services. This is a turning point for the Group, making it a solid global player with abundant local offices and wide-scale positioning to meet the needs of our international clients.”
“Becoming part of the Technicis Group is a positive development for AAC Global,” says AAC Global’s CEO Petri Lehmus. “We will continue to serve our customers with the same range of services, but with a wider scope of expertise and international resources supporting us. We are excited to embark on the journey, as part of the Technicis Group, to become one of the largest language service providers globally.”
The Technicis Group makes four acquisitions in 2018 as part of its international expansion strategy
AAC Global is Technicis’ eighth acquisition since 2012, the year the Group launched its strategy for external growth. V.O. Paris joined the Group first, followed by Cogen (2015), Translation Probst (2016), Arancho Doc (2017) and, more recently, TextMaster the specialist in cloud-based professional translation solutions, as well as HL TRAD and Telelingua (2018) to strengthen the Group’s financial, legal and medical translation divisions.
The Technicis Group currently has over 820 employees all over the world as well as a solid international presence, with offices throughout Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China). The Group has a 2018 turnover target of over €120 million and has established itself amongst the leading international agencies in the professional translation industry.
About the Technicis Group
With its strong external growth strategy, the Technicis Group is one of the most dynamic players in its sector. One of the top ten translation agencies in the world, Technicis boasts an expected 2018 turnover of over €120 million. The Group’s 820 employees are spread across 14 countries throughout Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China). With more than 6,000 clients, Technicis Group collaborates with most CAC 40 companies as well as major corporations in Europe and the United States.
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The Technicis group, specialised in professional translation, continues to deploy its external growth strategy with the acquisition of the company HL Trad
Boulogne-Billancourt, 10 July 2018 - The Technicis group, a European leader in the professional translation sector, announces today the acquisition of the translation company HL Trad. This acquisition reinforces the group’s expertise in two areas: legal and financial, adding a strong “business” building block to the digital one recently gained through the acquisition of TextMaster. With this second acquisition in 2018, Technicis pursues its expansion strategy that it began in 2012, with the goal to rank among the top 5 worldwide by 2020.
The legal and financial segments are a strong area for the Technicis group
By combining Technicis’s know-how with that of HL Trad, the group is now able to offer a service of unrivalled quality and responsiveness, a prerequisite for these particularly demanding sectors.
Founded in 2006 in Paris, HL Trad has undergone significant growth since its beginnings. This renowned agency is specialised solely in the legal and financial verticals. In addition to its expertise in the business, HL Trad stands out thanks to its ability to provide service on a 24/7 basis. This level of responsiveness is particularly appreciated by clients in the legal and financial sectors. HL Trad had itself acquired the agencies CPW (financial translation) and Sémantis (translation in the communication, marketing and luxury sectors) in 2017 to support its development.
Comment by Benjamin du Fraysseix, CEO of the Technicis group: For over 10 years we have been strongly positioned on legal and financial translation, with a French and European client base that we are proud of – the addition of the HL Trad group will strengthen these segments further. The obvious synergies provided by the new entity will enable us to offer our clients an unprecedented quality of service and level of responsiveness.”
The Technicis group confirms its international ambition with this second acquisition in 2018
HL Trad is Technicis group’s 6th acquisition since 2012 when it first launched its external growth strategy. V.O. Paris joined the group in that year, followed by Cogen (2015), Translation Probst (2016), Arancho Doc (2017) and more recently TextMaster, specialised in professional cloud-based translation solutions (2018).
The Technicis group can now count on 450 employees, and a reinforced international presence, with offices across Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Czech Republic) and in North America (Canada).
The group’s target is to generate revenues of over 75 million euros in 2018, and continue day after day to confirm its position as a key player in the professional translation sector.
About the Technicis group
Technicis group is one of the most dynamic players in its sector thanks to its aggressive external growth strategy. It is positioned among the leading international translation companies, with estimated sales of over 75 million euros in 2018. Its 450 employees are located across 11 sites in Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Czech Republic) and North America (Canada). With a portfolio of over 4,500 clients, the Technicis group collaborates for the most part with CAC 40 companies, as well as large European and US groups.
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The Technicis group announces the acquisition of Telelingua, its third purchase so far this year
Boulogne-Billancourt, 20 July 2018 - The Technicis group, European leader in the technical translation sector, continues its external growth strategy with the announcement of the purchase of Telelingua. This acquisition is the third the group has made since the start of 2018. Following TextMaster (digital) in March and HL Trad (finance / legal) just a few days ago, the arrival of Telelingua brings a new dimension to the group, which is pursuing its ambition of becoming one of the world's top five professional translation companies by 2020.
The purchase of Telelingua, an important turning point for the Technicis group
Telelingua is one of the world's top 25 largest translation companies. Originally established in Brussels, the company today boasts more than 30 years' international experience and offers a broad range of expertise in areas such as life sciences, IT, finance, law and both energy and the environment. Telelingua's Life Sciences section, in particular, enjoys a strong reputation among clients from the medical and pharmaceutical sectors in both Europe and the United States. This latest addition to the Technicis group has 1,500 clients throughout the world, employs more than 220 staff, and works in close collaboration with 5,000 translators.
Benjamin du Fraysseix, CEO of the Technicis group: “Satisfying our clients means, above all else, properly identifying and understanding their requirements. Our next objective will be to introduce and establish five divisions across the whole group specialising in specific professional sectors: Digital & Luxury, Financial & Legal, Industry & Energy, Pharma & Medical, and last but not least, Services. Following TextMaster in March this year, the simultaneous arrival of HL Trad and Telelingua in the space of just a few weeks marks a real turning point for the group, which has now established itself as a major global player with a local presence in a large number of countries – an ambitious positioning designed to enable us to meet the needs of each and every one of our clients on an international scale.”
One of the sector's most dynamic external growth strategies
HL Trad and Telelingua are, respectively, the sixth and seventh acquisitions made by the Technicis group since 2012 and the launch of the external growth strategy. V.O. Paris joined the group at that point, followed by Cogen (2015), Translation Probst (2016), Arancho Doc (2017) and, more recently, TextMaster, the cloud-based translation solution specialist (2018).
The Technicis group now has more than 700 staff around the world and a bolstered international presence, with offices in Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China).
The group is hoping to achieve turnover of 100 million euros in 2018 and gain a coveted position among the international leaders in the professional translation market.
About the Technicis group
The Technicis group is one of the most dynamic players in its sector thanks to a vigorous external growth strategy. It is positioned as one of the top ten translation companies in the world, with turnover projected to be more than 100 million euros in 2018. The group's 700 employees are distributed across 13 sites in Europe (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China). With a portfolio of more than 6,000 clients, the Technicis group works with most of the companies on the CAC 40 as well as with various major European and American groups.
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Technicis Group, the professional translation specialist, pursues its external growth strategy by simultaneously acquiring Telelingua and HL Trad
Boulogne-Billancourt, 20 July 2018 - Technicis Group – the number one professional translation agency in Europe – is announcing two new acquisitions. These acquisitions reinforce the Group’s expertise in law and finance via HL Trad, and in life sciences via Telelingua. These areas constitute two new major building blocks for Technicis, after the digital block it recently added through the acquisition of TextMaster. These three new acquisitions in 2018 reflect the pursuit of Technicis’ 2012 development strategy to become one of the top five translation agencies in the world by 2020.
Two sector heavyweights to strengthen the Group’s business lines
HL Trad and Telelingua are both European companies with exceptional growth. Specialising exclusively in legal and financial translation, HL Trad was founded in Paris in 2006 and acquired CPW and Sémantis in 2017.
Originally located in Brussels, Telelingua has over thirty years of international experience in the field and has a broader range of expertise. The life sciences branch of Telelingua is particularly well-respected by its clients in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors in Europe and the US.
In addition to their areas of expertise, HL Trad and Telelingua stand out by offering an around-the-clock service 24/7, which B2B clients particularly appreciate.
A word from Technicis Group CEO Benjamin du Fraysseix “Pleasing our clients is above all about understanding their expectations”, he emphasised. “We will have created five key business lines that will enable us to provide clients with unprecedented service quality: Digital & Luxury, Finance & Legal, Industry & Energy, Pharma & Medical, and Services. Following our acquisition of TextMaster in March, the integration of HL Trad and Telelingua is a turning point for the Group, making it a solid global player with abundant local offices and wide-scale positioning to meet the needs of all of our international clients.”
Technicis Group makes three acquisitions in 2018 as part of its strategy for international expansion
HL Trad and Telelingua are Technicis’ sixth and seventh acquisitions since 2012, the year the Group launched its strategy for external growth. V.O. Paris joined the Group first, followed by Cogen (2015), Translation Probst (2016), Arancho Doc (2017) and, more recently, TextMaster, which specialises in professional cloud-based translation (2018).
Technicis Group currently has over 700 employees all over the world as well as a solid international presence, with offices throughout Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China).
The Group has a 2018 turnover target of €100 million and has established itself amongst the leading international agencies in the professional translation industry.
About Technicis Group
With its strong external growth strategy, Technicis Group is one of the most dynamic players in its sector. One of the top ten translation agencies in the world, Technicis boasts an expected 2018 turnover of €100 million. The Group’s 700 employees are spread across 13 locations throughout Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland), North America (Canada and the United States) and Asia (China). With more than 6,000 clients, Technicis Group collaborates with most CAC 40 companies as well as major corporations in Europe and the United States.
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Specialised training for Technicis translators
"Being a freelance translator, I go on training courses by myself as often as I can. However, participating in specialised training sessions with other translators is even better. It helps me to understand exactly what the client wants and gives me the opportunity to talk to fellow translators."
- Benjamin, French translator
Indeed, some companies have very specific requirements regarding the translation of their documents. This is particularly true of a major player in the aerospace sector who has been our client for several years.
To meet their high expectations and provide the quality they are looking for, we invited the freelance translators who regularly work on projects for this client to participate in a specialised training session on 11 October 2018. Some participated via webinar, while others came to our offices in Boulogne-Billancourt.
Lisa and Lucie, two of our in-house translators, addressed several points during the four-hour training session:
The four different types of documents that the client sends for translation and the specific requirements for each one. We regularly translate these types of documents for this client, but each one must respect different, specific best practices in terms of style, terminology and page layout.
Various reference documents sent by the client to be used for the translation, such as style guides, glossaries, the translation memory and other reference documents. They are all provided for a specific reason and must be used wisely.
How to use the quality-check tool approved by the client to improve efficiency and maximise the quality of every translation.
A few reminders on how to use CAT tools for these documents based on their format and page layout.
Workshops were organised in the afternoon for translators by their target language (English, French or German). This allowed them to go into more detail on the issues related to the different documents sent for translation. The translators were offered breakfast before the training and then shared lunch with several Technicis managers in the afternoon.
Such training is essential in a long-term collaboration between a client, a translation agency and freelance translators. It ensures the latest quality requirements are passed on and instructions communicated by the client are understood. The training session also provided translators with the opportunity to ask questions about Technicis.
We intend to promote this type of client-specific training in the future as we strongly believe that effective communication is vital to a successful partnership.
248 days ago
Technicis acquires TextMaster
The Technicis Group – number one in Europe for professional translation – accelerates its pursuit of market share with the acquisition of TextMaster, a company specialising in professional cloud-based translation. This purchase endows Technicis with a first-rate technological asset while enabling it to expand in digital translation, a market in which TextMaster is number one. It also coincides with the external growth strategy that the Technicis Group adopted in 2012, with an aim to becoming one of the top five translation companies in the world within two years.
Paris, 4 April 2018 - The Technicis Group – the number one European player in professional translation – is proud to announce the acquisition of TextMaster. This acquisition is part of the Group’s strategy to enhance its tech offering for its clients and translators while increasing its presence on the digital translation market.
TextMaster, which was founded in 2011, is the number one professional translation solution using SaaS. TextMaster combines its trademarked AI technologies with a network of expert translators from all over the world in a single platform, enabling companies to accelerate their international development. TextMaster has a market presence in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, and boasts over 12,000 clients in 150 countries worldwide.
It also became the leading digital translation company in Europe in under six years.
The company’s illustrious clientele includes vente-privee, Estée Lauder, Maisons du Monde and Club Med among others.
TextMaster was acquired by the Technicis Group in recognition of its success, as the company has posted average growth of over 100% since its inception and turnover of €10 million, 30% of which is generated abroad. TextMaster’s capital investors (Serena Capital, Alven and eFounders), founders and business angels are selling their shares of the business in the takeover.
“I am delighted about this deal, which culminates five years of intense technological and sales development”, says TextMaster CEO Thibault Lougnon. “TextMaster, which very quickly went from €0-€10 million in turnover, now has the industrial resources to accelerate its development even further and join Technicis at the top of the global market”.
According to Technicis Group CEO Benjamin du Fraysseix, “TextMaster drew our attention right away for two reasons: their powerful technology, which counts among the very best on the market, and the youthful, dynamic and roughly 40-strong team accelerating the group’s digitalisation. We are excited to welcome TextMaster to the Technicis Group and to reinforce our presence in the European market”.
This is the latest of the Group’s acquisitions following V.O. Paris (2012), Cogen (2015), Translation Probst (2016) and Arancho Doc (2017). TextMaster will remain autonomous, and will continue to operate under the same name.
With 320 employees spread throughout France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Finland, the Czech Republic and Canada, the Technicis Group is aiming for turnover of €60 million in 2018. With a portfolio of over 2,500 clients, the group works with the majority of CAC 40 companies, as well as large European and American groups. Now among the top ten translation companies in the world, the Group’s new ambition is to become part of the top five in the next two years by making further acquisitions.
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Technicis is an official partner of the Palmarès des Avocats de Paris
Rencontres Business, the new meeting for in-house lawyers and their councils, will take place on 29 March 2018 at the Hotel InterContinental Le Grand near Opéra.
Organised by the reference magazine for business lawyers, Le Monde du Droit, this event will be an opportunity to speak with participants in an exceptional setting, finishing off with the 6thPalmarès des Avocats awards ceremony, of which Technicis is an official partner.
To contact our teams about our know-how and expertise in legal translation, visit our page dedicated to the legal sector or call us at +33 (0)1 84 13 19 79.
298 days ago
Cogen moves to Brussels!
We are delighted to announce that Cogen has moved. On February 5th 2018, the Cogen teams moved into their new offices at 28 rue Saint Quentin, in Brussels (Belgium).
As you well know, Cogen joined the Technicis group in 2015. The entity, which has always been located in Belgium, offers professional translation and interpretation services, as well as multilingual formatting and even localisation services.
Now set up in the heart of Brussels, the team is enjoying their fully refurbished premises. These contemporary and comfortable offices offer employees a quality working environment.
The new location, close to the European quarter, will also be highly beneficial for organising meetings and discussions with clients and partners.
We wish our Belgian colleagues all the best in their new building!
A weekend of team building and winter sports to kick off 2018
Technicis Group brought together its teams from all over Europe and Canada for a fun-filled weekend in the French Alps!
We started the new year in style by heading to Chamonix (just before the avalanche alert!) for two days of team building and fun in the snow. Many hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, while others opted for ice skating, swimming or a little R & R at the spa...before enjoying a well-deserved cheese fondue and succulent stone-grilled meats. There was something for everyone.
Technicis Group has been steadily expanding over the past few years, both internally and externally through the acquisition of VO Paris (2012), Cogen (2015), Translation-Probst (2016) and, most recently, Arancho Doc (2017).
Now present in eight different countries (seven in Europe and one in North America), Technicis has positioned itself as a leader in the European market and is now a top-ten pure player in professional translation worldwide.
Our hard work has paid off, as we have now achieved over ten years of impressive double-digit growth.
The key to our success has been sticking to basic principles:
providing a wide range of top-quality language services,
offering fast turnaround for our clients,
building a network of over 5,000 translators throughout the world in more than 200 different language combinations,
working with skilled translators who are highly specialised in their particular area of expertise,
rallying our internal teams around a common goal: to provide our clients with an unbeatable service.
Technicis Group now has over 300 employees, and our weekend in the mountains gave us a chance to start the year off right by building stronger relationships with one another!
Technicis takes its place among the top 10 professional translation companies in the world following the acquisition of Arancho Doc
The Technicis Group, leader on the French professional translation market and one of the top 3 players in Europe, has accelerated its growth with the acquisition of the Italian group Arancho Doc that includes Soget. The acquisition places Technicis among the top 10 professional translation companies in the world. This move is also part of Technicis’ development strategy, started in 2012, to become one of the top 5 global translation companies within the next three years.
Arancho Doc: a strategic acquisition in Europe
Arancho Doc, a recognised Italian player on the international translation scene, following the recent acquisition of Soget, currently employs 100 people and has a presence in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and the Czech Republic. With a turnover of 12 million euros in 2016, the company is a major acquisition for Technicis in geographical terms, allowing the group to better support the international expansion of its customers.
Since 2012, when the group made its first acquisition, Technicis has pursued a combined development approach by focussing on both organic and external growth. In 2015, the private equity fund NAXICAP Partners acquired a stake in Technics, which opened up new development opportunities for the group, particularly considering that Europe represents 50% of the international market while North America accounts for approximately 35%.
“We are delighted to welcome Arancho Doc and its European DNA to the Technicis Group. With expert teams providing top quality services and cutting-edge technology to large multinationals, I am convinced that Arancho Doc will be a great addition to the Technicis Group. The international development that we have been implementing for five years and which has most recently taken the form of the Arancho Doc acquisition, enables us to increase our presence in both Europe and North America”, stated Benjamin du Fraysseix, CEO of the Technicis Group.
A promising future for the Technicis Group
Technicis began its accelerated growth plan in 2012 with the acquisition of VO Paris (France), followed by Cogen (Belgium) in 2015, Translation Probst (Switzerland) in 2016 and now Arancho Doc (Italy).
With these four acquisitions and a double-digit organic annual growth, the group has gone from being a local French player to an SME with a global reach in 2017, having quadrupled its size in the last five years.
In 2016, the Technicis Group recorded a turnover of 30 million euros and is aiming to reach 45 million euros in 2017 thanks to its 320–strong workforce spread across France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Finland, the Czech Republic and Canada. With a portfolio of over 2,500 clients, the group works with the majority of CAC 40 companies, as well as large European and American groups. Now among the top 10 translation companies in the world, the Group’s new ambition is to become part of the top 5 in the next three years by making another acquisition.
Technicis is the leading translation agency on the French market, and is one of the three main players on the European market. Thanks to the collaborative effort of 220 employees spread across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada and a network of 4,500 specialised professional translators across the globe, Technicis is able to meet the needs of its 2,000 clients across all industries and in a large number of language combinations. The continuous, technological innovations that Technicis incorporates into its processes mean that it is able to offer a large range of translation solutions while guaranteeing responsiveness and quality for its clients.
The Arancho Doc Group is a recognised Italian player on the international translation scene. With headquarters in Bologna, Italy, Arancho Dochas a network of subsidiaries strategically located across Europe. The Arancho Doc Group offers a vast range of linguistic services and solutions for businesses and multinationals. Combining the use of innovative language technology tools with in-depth knowledge of translation and localisation processes, Arancho Doc is the perfect partner for international companies in all their linguistic projects. Arancho Doc is a SAP Partner and has obtained ISO 9001 and ISO 17100 quality certifications.
For a decade, I have been the typical Project Manager: hard working, focused, customer-oriented and incredibly devoted to my job.
I loved my job -and still do- so I could spend hours answering emails, finding solutions, making phone calls, or fixing bugs… coming up for air only occasionally, like a diver.
If a translator was late, if a reviewer overlooked a mistake or if the DTP was messed up, I felt responsible! If poor file prep or a miscommunication threw a spanner in the works, it was my fault.
Yep, the Voynich translation project failure still is my shameful secret.
As I wanted to bring value to my company and to serve my clients the way they deserved, I worked harder and started triple checking everything. I would not leave the office until every T was crossed with a perfectly straight strike and every I dotted with a perfect circle.
However, my ultimate goal was to start with a clean fresh day (and mailbox) the following morning. I left my desk later and later every night.
I became the 21st Century Sisyphus; every morning I rolled my workload to the top of the mountain hoping that late at night, once absolutely everything was done, I could bask in my client’s satisfaction.
I lost myself inside the project pipeline until a colleague told me: “You are not a brain surgeon, you know?!”
What was that supposed to mean? Should I be offended? Did my work have no value? Was any Doctor Mc Dreamy better than a Project Manager?
Should've sprung for a proofreader, McDreamy.
Of course not! But my colleague was right: there are no lives at (immediate) stake in translation. After a certain hour, every email, project and report can wait. And they are dealt with much more efficiency after a nice evening with my friends or a good night’s sleep.
How could I get a well-balanced life back? I looked for inspiration around me and decided to ask my successful peers (you know, these ever-glowing people who are so good at their work and still able to do ballet, breed fluffy winged ponies and teach multilingual scrabble class) and here is their wisdom, abridged:
Steer like a F1 champion
Think fast, find solutions in real time and adapt yourself to the bumps of the road. The translator’s dog ate his translation? No problem, there are emetics!
Think like a yogi
Open your mind, be aware that anything can happen and stay calm. Project Managing is like a box of chocolates, you never know if you are going to get the marzipan translation, so don’t try to control everything!
Talk like Obama
Follow the lead of the world’s best communicator: listen, be honest and keep yourself in check with a pinch of self-derision... ''If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome.'' (Obama)
Try like a child
Have fun and start things all over again as many times as you need to find the right approach. These files are not usable in your favorite CAT tool? Maybe you need to try another CAT tool this time?
Work like a soccer player
You are part of a team, which means that you can share the workload, pass the ball and help your teammates. You’re sure to score and feel fulfilled by the group synergy.
Don’t aim to be Shiva…
Fact: you only have one brain and two arms but still want to be Shiva… indeed, you have always heard that a good PM is a multi-tasker. Nevertheless, you will be more efficient if you finish the task at hand and if you avoid interruptions.
…but be your own angel
Last but, not least, be gentle with yourself. Do your best, work hard and allow yourself to live! Sounds difficult sometimes but it really is a matter of choice. Get out, play sports, meet people and enjoy being alive! All these nice experiences will allow you to disconnect and stretch hidden PM muscles.
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Technicis at the forefront of translation technologies with TAPICC.
Translation is constantly evolving. Computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools, as well as digitization, have created a new dynamic in the field of translation.
Currently, many CAT tools are used around the world by translation agencies, freelance translators and companies alike. Some of the leading CAT tools today are SDL Trados, STAR Transit, Wordfast and MemoQ.
The quest for a universal translation file format
The industry standard for file formats is currently the .xliff. This tag-based format was created in 2002 by OASIS to standardise the way localised data was exchanged.
Since then, every CMS (Content Management System) and TMS (Translation Memory System) has adopted this .xliff format for its own software. As a result, one system's format may not be entirely compatible with another's.
What this means is that each CAT tool has its own method for creating projects and using the .xliff format. Currently, exchanging data between the different translation intermediaries like agencies, translators and companies, becomes complicated when each uses different software.
Every side can agree that the inconveniences that arise can result in translation memory incompatibility, lost data and different segmentation, among others.
The TAPICC initiative aims to offer a standard that is compatible with all of the CAT tools. The quest for a universal file format has begun.
TAPICC, a revolutionary project
The project was launched a few months ago by the Globalization and Localization Association and has been applauded by those in the field of translation.
Right after its launch, the Technicis teams were eager to contribute to this ambitious project. "Why make things so difficult when it can be quite simple! Thank you TAPICC for reintroducing this idea into the field!" stated Alexandre Cazenave, a volunteer contributor to the TAPICC initiative and part of the Production Department at Technicis.
TAPICC stands for Translation API (Use) Cases and Classes, and it has three objectives:
Implement a standard Internet-friendly file format, that could replace the current .xliff, which is too large for web technology (remember that most CAT tools are offered as a SaaS).
Establish a standard project format which would be compatible with all other software once downloaded.
Develop a universal API to simplify file exchanges between all parties and which is based on the COTI standard, a previous initiative.
Philippe Brissard, a voluntary contributor to the TAPICC initiative and an employee in the Production Department at Technicis, stated "It's rare to have the opportunity to participate in the future of your profession, and the TAPICC initiative does just that: creating the foundations of future professional translation tools. This is a golden opportunity!"
The first phase of the initiative has already started and will be completed on 31 December 2017. Alexandre Cazenave and Philippe Brissard are currently working on defining the future translation file format to replace the .xliff. Working in a group of 15 professionals from across the globe, they will be tasked with masterfully finding a solution to this great challenge!
We'll be sure to follow them closely over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!
579 days ago
Technicis, in partnership with Kent State University in the United States, is launching the first edition of its course for obtaining a qualification in proofreading.
On Tuesday 9 May, a very special graduation ceremony was held at Kent State University.
This renowned institution located in Ohio created a unique programme for the translation students:Technicis Proofreading Training.
This programme was made possible thanks to intense teamwork between the teams at Kent State University and Technicis.The goal of this training course was to help translators go beyond the purely linguistic aspect of proofreading and learn to check for the smallest details in a translation. An innovative method, because the proofreaders don't necessarily speak the target language!
Technicis is one of the leading European translation agencies and has developed a specific approachto meet the growing needs of its clients. This approach checks for specific aspects from the source text, based on a precise checklist:
Formatting: number of paragraphs, spacing, headers and footers, notes and comments, and the table of contents
Text: spelling, punctuation, untranslated text, proper nouns, consistency of information, abbreviations and addresses
Key information: figures, symbols and units of measurement
Project specifications: proper adherence to the instructions given by the client, compliance with the style guide
To be part of the increasingly efficient digitization of the translation sector, Technicis wanted to offer the students at Kent State a training course on this new method.
For this first time this year, following a rigorous exam, the translation students became qualified in Technicis Proofreading Training.
Congratulations to everyone!
627 days ago
Technicis is an official partner of the Palmarès des Avocats de Paris
On 23 March 2017 at the Hotel InterContinental Le Grand near Opéra, 33 law firms were recognised following the votes of 20,000 professionals at the Palmarès des Avocats de Paris.
More than 300 of you attended thisremarkableevent.
Technicis, as an official partner for the fifth year in a row, would like to congratulate the 33 award winners of the Palmarès des Avocats de Paris.
To contact our teams about our know-how and expertise in legal translation, please visit our legal translation page or call us at +33 (0)1 46 03 17 19.
707 days ago
Technicis has moved!
Technicis has moved!
We are delighted to inform you that we moved offices on 1 January 2017!
Each day more and more of you trust us with your complex and engaging projects. Technicis is currently the leading translation agency in France, and in 2017, became one of the top 3 European agencies. We can help you with any type of translation, localization or global interpretation project.
To keep up with this sustained growth we are expanding our teams, and decided to move to new offices to start the year in style.
We are now located at 35 rue de Paris in Boulogne-Billancourt. Our staff can enjoy a modern, comfortable working environment that encourages teamwork.
2017 is off to a great start!
604 days ago
Technicis Americas has opened their office in Canada
Technicis Americas officially opened their offices on 20 March 2017!
We chose the beautiful city of Montreal to open our Canadian offices. This is a new step forward for Technicis, with great opportunities in store for you, our clients.
Our expert teams will be able to serve as a link between France and North America to meet your needs no matter the time of day. We are becoming more responsive to guarantee an exceptional translation service.
889 days ago
Technicis has acquired the agency Translation-Probst
As the leading French translation agency and part of the top 5 European agencies last year, Technicis bolstered its growth by acquiring Translation-Probst SA, which became the second largest translation agency in Switzerland.
Founded in 2005, Translation-Probst displayed sustained double-digit growth over the years to currently become one of the leading translation agencies in Switzerland. With 30 employees and a network of 450 professional translators, Translation-Probst is committed to offering its clients—over 600 businesses across all sectors—high-quality translation and interpreting services. Translation-Probst is able to meet a high-level of standard with a rigorous model of quality assurance and has received several distinctions for its excellent level of service, its high standard of IT security and client focus.
To ensure the sustained quality of this approach, to diversify their offerings and to strengthen its position on the highly-competitive Swiss market, the founder of Translation-Probst chose to team up with one of the leading European translation agencies: "This exceptional operation offers significant advantages to our employees, our freelance network and our clients. Our clients will be able to enjoy the immense expertise of Technicis, a rich network of freelance translators and additional language services," stated Roman Probst. "This acquisition has given rise to the second-largest translation agency in Switzerland. Nothing will change for the clients, but they will benefit from even greater excellence. Everyone will enjoy a higher quality of service, and Translation-Probst will always be synonymous with success and perfection."
Benjamin du Fraysseix, founder of Technicis Finance and CEO of Technicis since 2012, took over from Roman Probst as CEO. Guillaume Patry, COO of Technicis, will help him in his functions. Following the acquisition of V.O. Paris in 2012, followed by the acquisition of the Belgian translation agency Cogen in 2015, Technicis aims to maintain its external growth with this new operation.
With offices in France, Belgium and Switzerland, the group is expanding its presence on the European market. Strengthened by a turnover that grew from €17 million in 2014 to €24 million in 2015, Technicis—now with 220 employees—achieved over €30 million in 2016 and became one of the three leading translation agencies in Europe at the beginning of 2017.