SDL unveils new global content platform
Global Information Management Solution Provider SDL (news,site) has unveiled its Common Enterprise Application Framework (CEAF), a new platform for better managing global content across multinational companies.

The new product is designed to create greater efficiencies and interoperability among Global Information Management Applications (GIM) which manage content throughout the entire global information lifecycle – from authoring through content management to on-line and off-line publishing across world markets.

Unified Environment for Global Content

This latest offering from SDL will provide the information supply chain with an open and unified environment to manage that global content.

In creating it, the company says it was aiming to create a platform that was open, scalable and secure. With CEAF it is specifically targeting customers who wish to plug in their own systems and whose primary concern is reliability as well as scale.

As it stands, many global businesses have invested huge sums of money in multiple technologies from various providers to address problems associated with localization.

Typically a corporation will manage the localization process through one or more corporate language departments. They may have internal translators or they may outsource to one or more Language Service Providers (LSPs). These LSPs will either use internal resources or themselves outsource to professional freelance translators around the world.

Fragmentation Impacts on GIM

This fragmented approach can impede scalability and customization and also result in losing the advantages obtained through the installation of GIM systems in the first place.

“While companies are already achieving significant ROI by adopting a GIM solution, without a standards-based common technology framework, the complexities inherent within the translation supply chain will continue,” Mark Lancaster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SDL said.

With CEAF one central framework will allow corporations and vendors alike have access to shared content repositories and a unified experience across SDL GIM products.

Plus points include an integrated framework for customizing enterprise applications and building integrations with third party, or proprietary technologies, as well as a central location to access and manage all global content repositories.

CEAF Compatibility

SDL has already released the first CEAF-based enterprise application, SDL Global Authoring Management System and it says all future releases for existing and new products from SDL will fully exploit the CEAF architecture.

SDL plans to release its next generation desktop translation studio in 2009, followed by its enterprise translation management system and terminology.