BeLazy first TMS integration
If you have been following our path, you probably know that up until now BeLazy had only integrated vendor portals with business management systems. These processes have automated reasonably simple operations, always between two translation companies: copying project details and accepting projects. Today, we are proud to announce the first integration of the second generation, our first translation management system integration.
While vendor portal integrations are essentially useful for single language vendors (SLVs) that work for other translation companies (the multilingual vendors, MLVs), translation management system integrations can also be interesting for MLVs if their customer uses a translation management system such as Memsource, memoQ, XTM, GlobalLink, WorldServer, Transifex, etc.
For the first integration, we have selected to connect Memsource projects to XTRF projects.
Why Memsource? There are primarily two reasons:
You may be asking what’s the point of implementing a Memsource to XTRF integration if there is already an existing one. The XTRF to Memsource integration automates project creation in Memsource if the user creates the project in XTRF first. Instead, the BeLazy integration takes Memsource projects that appear in your Memsource instance and creates the equivalent in XTRF.
There are three business scenarios where this integration can add value:
The challenges we had to overcome
How does the integration work?
When a new project appears in Memsource, we check if the configuration is correct and there are no red flags. If so, it will be automatically created in XTRF. For this, we use an auto-approval rule which automatically accepts any new Memsource project. Thus you don’t even have to worry about tracking the BeLazy interface.
We have already discussed this integration with Memsource’s account managers, and they were pleased with the result. However, we also know technology companies often struggle to understand user behavior, this is why we are looking for early adopters of this integration.
If BeLazy is a middleware, why did we only implement Memsource towards XTRF? There isn’t any commercially available TMS to BMS integration in the market, so we simply wanted to get this is one up and running properly.
Our plan is to collect further feedback from XTRF users, pick the brain of Plunet users and move on to implement other integrations on both systems. We started with XTRF because 75% of companies that indicated interest in this integration were already using XTRF.
However, it’s not completely true that we have only implemented the integration with XTRF. BeLazy has a solid set of APIs that you can use to connect incoming projects to any proprietary business management system. If you use your own system and want to receive projects from Memsource, you can already do that.
Interested in another TMS?
We understand there are several translation management systems in the market, yet Memsource is our very first step. If you need to automate other kinds of workflows where your customer uses a TMS (for example you need to download and process project packages) please let us know.
We have recently launched the BeLazy Early Automators Program that makes it easy for our customers to achieve their integration goals.