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ProZ.com Integrates SDL TRADOS Certification into Translator Search Criteria

Industry leaders partner to enhance opportunities for translators and facilitate standards for the translation supply chain

Syracuse, NY – 14 August 2007 - SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with ProZ.com, the Internet's leading Web 2.0 platform for the exchange of translation services and resources, including the integration of the SDL TRADOS® Certification credential into the world's largest translator community.

With over 5,500 corporations, language services providers (LSPs) and professional translators currently in the process of becoming SDL TRADOS Certified, and in anticipation of the SDL TRADOS Certification 2007 launch, ProZ.com will integrate the SDL TRADOS Certification credential into the site's online workplace and translator profiles.

SDL TRADOS Certification provides peace of mind for end-user corporations looking to enhance their high-quality translation processes through accurate formatting, proper treatment of file types and consistent terminology.  Recently Microsoft® announced it's support of the certification program (see release SDL Collaborates with Microsoft), whilst Siemens has encouraged all of its vendors to be SDL TRADOS Certified (see release Siemens A&D endorses SDL TRADOS Certification program).

Outsourcers at ProZ.com now have a means of requiring SDL TRADOS or SDLX® Certification when posting to the job board or searching the directory, and also when using the new ProZ.com Connect! sourcing and vendor management platform (corporate membership is required to use Connect!).

Translators at Proz.com are now able to showcase their SDL TRADOS Certification credentials, thereby indicating to potential and existing clients that they are fully prepared to work with the world's leading translation technology. This integration further encourages and rewards ongoing education and professional development among the translation community.

"With companies like Microsoft and Siemens promoting SDL TRADOS certification, it's a no-brainer" said Klaus Kurre, a translator and trainer registered with ProZ.com. "I need to show my commitment to quality and this has helped enormously to differentiate my skills, win more business and charge higher rates. I recommend everyone participate."

This strategic partnership reflects the strength of SDL TRADOS Technologies and ProZ.com's commitment to enhancing professional opportunities for translators and further benefiting the industry as a whole.” said Mike Kidd, Executive Vice President of ProZ.com, “SDL TRADOS Technologies is an important partner to the ProZ.com community - enhancing our ability to develop and deliver industry-leading solutions that improve the lives of translators and outsourcers.” 

Keith Laska, Vice President of SDL TRADOS Technologies said of the partnership: “We place extremely high value on the translator community, which forms the foundation of our industry, and ProZ.com is the leading community of translation professionals. Through our strategic partnership and integration of SDL TRADOS Certification we aim to further facilitate professional development within the ProZ.com community of members.“

About ProZ.com

With more than 200,000 registered translators and interpreters representing over 300 languages, ProZ.com is by far the world’s leading platform for the exchange of translation services and resources. Today, more than 11,000 outsourcers including leading organizations, such as Bloomberg, IBM, Honda, eBay, SDL International and The World Bank use ProZ.com to quickly and easily connect with the language professionals they need. For language professionals, ProZ.com’s unique online workplace provides a host of valuable member resources – enabling members to more quickly and efficiently perform their demanding work. For more information, please visit

Outsourcers: http://www.proz.com/connect

Linguists: http://www.proz.com/join

For more information on ProZ.com, please contact:

Mike Kidd
ProZ.com
Tel: +1-703-593-7434
Email: mike@proz.com

About SDL

SDL (London Stock Exchange: 'SDL') is the leader in global information management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed localization supply chain.

Global industry leaders rely on SDL to provide enterprise software or hosted services for their GIM processes, including Audi, Bayer, Best Western, Bosch, Canon, Deutsche Bank, Kodak, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Reuters and SAP. SDL has implemented more than 400 enterprise GIM solutions, has deployed over 140,000 software licenses across the GIM ecosystem and provides access to on-demand translation portals for 10 million customers per month. Over 1000 service professionals deliver consulting, implementation and language services through its global infrastructure of more than 50 offices in 30 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com.

For more information on SDL, please contact:

Dr. Chris Boorman
SDL
Tel: +44.7836.590.901
Email: cboorman@sdl.com

Nicola Bogle
SDL
Tel: +44.1628.410.120
Email: nbogle@sdl.com

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