SimulTrans - Localization Engineering

By: Simultrans  05/12/2011
Keywords: engineering, quality assurance

Benefits for You

By working with SimulTrans, you will benefit from the following localization engineering advantages:

  • Ongoing risk analysis, eliminating added production time and cost
  • Communicative and responsive engineering team
  • Customized, thorough production processes
  • Rigorous testing and quality assurance programs

The Engineering Team

Engineers at SimulTrans share the company's philosophy of fulfilling client expectations through strong communication and reporting structures, and creating adaptable and flexible processes to meet the needs of each client and its projects. SimulTrans' engineering group recognizes the importance of fully understanding the unique localization process that is involved in every type of software. For each project, an engineering team is assembled with backup resources available to cover any absences or need for additional knowledge areas.


Engineers at SimulTrans use a wide variety of localization applications, compilers, and tools to support Windows, UNIX, Macintosh, and other platforms. SimulTrans is a member of several developer associations, providing access to beta and multilingual operating system versions for localization testing and analysis purposes.

SimulTrans' team is also able to work with the unique complexities of Asian-language localization engineering.


Project flow includes a thorough front-end analysis allowing SimulTrans' engineers to identify and resolve problems once in the source materials, rather than in each target language. The entire engineering and quality assurance team receives comprehensive training in the client's product before beginning its work. SimulTrans' engineers also work to integrate and coordinate, when necessary, with internal client engineering resources.


Both SimulTrans' production and quality assurance engineers make certain that information is communicated accurately and regularly to both the greater project team and the client. Each team member has access to and input into building the history and sign-off documents, which chronicle the details and development of each client's international products. The engineering team adheres to the greater project schedule, ensuring that milestones are met, and holds daily project update meetings to keep all members informed and involved.


SimulTrans follows professional and documented engineering processes for each stage of a project, in addition to devising individual testing and quality assurance programs that best fit the client's project, product, and timeline. Each phase of the localization engineering process ensures that all components of a product are correctly localized. The ultimate objective is to deliver top-quality, shippable products that require very little, if any, additional client testing.

The quality assurance process at SimulTrans begins will a full, product test pass, which includes a logging of all bugs. Engineers and quality assurance specialists fix and regress all tracked bugs and complete the process with a final product test pass.

In addition to these quality assurance phases, SimulTrans engineers conduct internationalization testing. This process focuses on finding errors in original source code that may cause problems in other locales, such as character encoding and input formats. Functionality, compatibility, and component tests are also performed to verify that the product is compatible with international operating systems and applications.

"The engineering group at SimulTrans devised a customized process that met the unique localization needs of our software, including rigorous testing and quality assurance phases. Their response time was excellent, helping us adhere to schedule and project goals, and ensure the quality of our product."

Keywords: engineering, quality assurance

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