Project Management

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  • Project Management: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Accent Network has been at the forefront of customer-facing technologies since its inception. This expertise resulted in the development of cloud-based solutions for its clients long before anyone thought of "the cloud" as anything but a water-carrying device in the sky! But this is definitely not the norm in the industry. Allow us to indulge in a brief description of the current state-of-the-art in language management collaboration.

If you're currently working with one of the top language companies out there, chances are they've invited you to their collaboration web app to facilitate your common efforts.

If they are using a proprietary app, we're ready to bet that:

  • They gave you a login and password into their environment.
  • You have no real control over the data in that system.
  • For your employees, it's a pain to deal with, plus... it's simply boring.
  • It offers your company very limited self-service/ordering/delivery options.
  • You have no administrative rights over the account or projects.
  • It probably does not include a robust quote approval and invoicing solution for timely accounting.
  • It's not integrated with robust email integration for efficient communications.

If they are using a popular collaboration app like, say, Basecamp:

  • They gave you a login and password into their own account.
  • You have no real control over the data in that system.
  • You have no administrative rights over the account or projects.
  • It's not connected to your own collaboration web tool, even if you have a Basecamp account yourself.
  • It does not offer out-of-the-box language or translation specific settings or task-types.
  • It absolutely does not include a robust quote approval and invoicing solution for timely accounting.

If you're still working with your language partners by email and telephone or you're still managing your internal projects with Excel... well, this is going to revolutionize the way you work forever!

Ok, so this last point was more about the current sorry state of the art when working with the language industry as it is nowadays than about actual solutions...

To get a good look at what the future (and present) of collaboration technologies holds, click on the link below for the actual Accent Way when it comes to a completely new, seamless and efficient way to manage your language projects (and beyond).