Choosing a TMS
Having only just semi-recently updated our own TMS to XTRF, we thought it was about time we took a look at this vital piece of translation technology. While the number of different options out there are somewhat limited compared to software from other industries, there are still a number of features that make the TMS-sphere competitive. So, let’s take a look at how to choose a TMS.
Who’ll be using your TMS
The first thing you’ve got to do is identify everyone who’ll be using our TMS and what they need. You’ll also have to make sure you know who’ll be approving the purchase, if applicable, so that they can be involved in the project from day one, reducing the likelihood of budget delays.
Your TMS Requirements
Once you’ve found out who’ll be using your TMS, it’s vital you have a chat with everyone and note down what they’re looking for in the tool. Sales people and project managers have very different needs and priorities, so it’s vital you make sure that everyone has the tools they need to do their jobs.
Sort out the functions
Once you’ve got a list of functions your team needs, how about organizing them into function types? By defining if something is project management or business management, for example, it’ll make spotting gaps a lot easier. Plus, it’ll help you come up with a solution if you do need some add-on software for certain functions.
Choose what you really need vs. what you fancy
When it comes to functions, there are going to be some that are vital and some that you simply fancy having. Whenever you’re going for a ready-made system, it’s important to stay realistic and remember that no system is going to have every single thing you want. That’s why it’s important to know which features are vital for your business, and which ones you can do away with if need be.
The best way to find out what type of TMS are out there is to get someone to show you. TMS developers are more than happy to spend an hour walking you through the ins and outs of their software, so you can get a better idea of if it’s right for you or not.
After you’ve taken a look at the options out there and worked out which will work and which ones won’t, it’s time to test! Most TMS providers offer a month’s trial so you can play around with all the features and see which one you like the most. Then, all you have to do is make a final choice 🙂