Today's news: SDL buys Idiom
Thread poster: Nicole Schnell

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Feb 11, 2008

A PM told me today. It will hit them hard, he said, and here is an excerpt of a press release (please find the full version here: ):

"Who is affected by this acquisition? The list is endless, beginning with the enterprises that chose Idiom for its independence and forthright refusal to “take a dime for translation services.” Then there’s the LSPs who decided to cast their lot with Idiom rather than build their own or rely on SDL; executive teams at these companies are gathering in war rooms as we speak to figure out their strategy."

What does this mean to freelance translators?

Do we all have to invest in various expensive software now, simply to be compatible with our outsourcers? The outsourcers' expenses will increase. Will this affect our rates?

[Edited at 2008-02-11 23:54]

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Suzette Martin-Johnson
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Thanks for this Feb 12, 2008

It really is quite scary but I guess it shouldn't be surprising as it's happening worldwide in just about every industry you can think of!

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Staying in topic Feb 12, 2008

From Common Sense:

SDL Buys Idiom: Now What?
A Virtual Round Table Discussion - Feb. 13

Today's announcement of Idiom's acquisition by SDL stirred the language services market. Common Sense Advisory received dozens of calls from large and small companies with questions about implications for them.
If you want to know what is next, Don, Renato, and Ben have organized a Webex call in which you will have a chance to listen to our take on the topic and to ask as many questions as you want.
This event if free for Common Sense Advisory members (use coupon code MEMBER when registering).
Click here to register. Attendance is limited, first-come first-serve.
We are also doing a quick survey on this topic. Please participate and share your reaction by clicking here.

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