CAT Tools: diversity matters

It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been in the translation industry for long or you only touched it briefly, the one thing that always gets stuck in your mind is the word CAT. From the cute fluffy animal you have at home it suddenly becomes a very powerful tool that makes a big difference when dealing with translation services.

This article is about the advantages CAt tools can give your company and your clients but with a little twist. We want to showcase what are the benefits of working with a large company covering a number of CAT tools rather than a bunch of smaller companies each specialized in working with a specific one. Does that make sense already?

Diversity means flexibility

In business, the one that can adapt faster or offer more is always a step ahead of the rest. Transferred to you and the CAT tools you work with means more options for your clients, too. Not to mention that you’ll look more professional with a wide range of CAT tools in your list.

You don’t need to know the tool in order to get the job

If you are an LSP and you want to expand your portfolio, it is not always a must to know and have everything in-house. This is where a company like ours fills in – with its knowledge and narrow specialization in the current case Asian languages.
The truth is that if you have a reliable vendor supporting a list of CAT tools all you need to do is send them the files and the instructions. They’ll do the work for you: do the quotation, ask the questions, find the resources and send you the files ready to deliver to your client. That will also give you an option to skip training your team to work with various CAT tools and spend this budget, for example, on improving their abilities to sell better.

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Need a particular tool?

On the other hand, if your project managers are used to working with one particular tool or a client comes and requests a special one to handle a certain project, then looking for a particular translator, in a defined field and that particular tool might be a challenge.
For example, we as a company that aims to work with most of the CAT tools available, spend time to train our in-house (and not only) translators to work with these tools.

Lower the price for your clients

CAT toolsBetter price is something that we aim for not only to beat competition but to benefit our clients, too. Being able to save your customers money from a reduced price due to using CAT tools is something that will always put you in good favour.
Additionally, there are some tricks to use when working with CAT tools to assess the translation text and the word/character count.

Faster delivery to your clients

We all know that we work on a deadline and sometimes it is so tight we barely make it on time. Working with CAT tools makes the turn-around time faster as they do save us some of the manual work we have to perform in translation. So from here on it is easy to follow – if the vendor you work with delivers faster, then you do the same with your customers.

In conclusion

I hope you haven’t expected an article full of technical terms and CAT tools explanations. The technical part is just as important as the one I’ve explored today but I believe that showing off the benefits for your customers is crucial when making a decision of any kind. A possible collaboration between LSPs to deliver the best available service to your client is a possibility which definitely needs exploration. Reliable partners are the key towards good performance and if done correctly will be part of your own customer’s success. Do think about it!

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