Over 500 app developers have poured into the SDL OpenExchange community, a move that points to the growing importance of language translation technology in the ever expanding business world.

OpenExchange App Downloads Double in a Year

Not only are more developers building SDL-based apps, more people are using them as evidenced by the doubling of downloads over the last year. The world of translation software is not large, but SDL is unique in that it is the only translation software vendor with this kind of developer community.

It's an advantage that comes with being a US $400 million company. But even for a company so large, it seems the adoption of OpenExchange has been a pleasant surprise for SDL. There's around 80 or so apps available for extending the SDL Trados translation suite, and downloads measure in the low tens of thousands so far.

The most popular app is called MyMemory, a translation memory database (and website) from a company called Translated. It's been downloaded nearly 4,000 times, nearly 1,000 times more than the second most popular. Additionally, SDL claims there are over 500 developers in the OpenExchange network, though with less than 100 apps in the OpenExchange, that number likely means many of them are new.

The Importance of Language Support

As one of the largest enterprise CMS vendors, SDL occupies a powerful position in the IT world, and its language translation prowess will only help keep it there. By extending the use of its Trados Suite translation software via third party apps, more companies will be exposed to SDL's lineup of other products. It's a solid business move, and of course, it helps those out who need a mature, battle tested translation system.

With more people getting online every day via mobile devices, having that translation ability certainly allows for a broader reach for whatever service or product is being offered. To that end, SDL acquired mobile solutions provider Bemoko in March, a move that bolstered SDL's ability to deliver more personalized, targeted content.

SDL OpenExchange is being used in large part by freelance translators, as the infographic below indicates. Fewer enterprises and educational institutions are using the OpenExchange, for example, though those groups likely are using a few core features and not as quick to adopt new use cases.

infoGraphic-sdlOpenExchange-2013.jpg