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As data and information become increasingly vital resources for companies navigating the complexities of global markets, the need for innovative data management techniques has become a prevalent strategic concern across sectors. Already an established focus for internal management practices, this need is rapidly gaining attention in external-facing business areas including sales, marketing, and even a company’s service offerings themselves. Rather than just actionable intelligence, the key distinction in this context is to extend the definition of data to encompass a broader range of informational resources in areas such as the scope and content of a marketing campaign, the availability of technical documentation resources, or even key messages that an organization may wish to standardize across its branding and sales efforts in diverse markets.

Among emerging methodologies for streamlining these crucial information flows, Single Source of Truth (SSOT) has gained a following with organizations seeking optimal efficiency and consistency in settings where version control can be a decisive factor. In the broadest terms, SSOT can be defined as any set of tools and practices that ensure all members of an organization are acting on the same fundamental information, most often requiring a centralized database component and framework for distributing its contents. More complex, though, is how organizations can successfully extend SSOT principles across a diverse array of teams and operational centers – a challenge increasingly likely to occur on a global scale and across multiple languages.

If SSOT is about making sure that no one comes to a discussion about apples thinking in terms of oranges, achieving SSOT globally is about ensuring the distinction will not get lost in translation when relayed to overseas stakeholders. This linguistic component is often the single most challenging front for enterprises in the battle to maintain a consistent body of operable information, making translation and localization vital elements of a global SSOT alignment strategy. More than just a component challenge of the process, though, translation is also a means of driving these principles in action. Best practices of professional translation and SSOT share a great deal of overlap, enabling a reciprocal relationship in which each optimizes the efficacy of the other, specifically through the use of content management systems (CMS) and terminology management to enable centralized version control across languages.

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As data integration becomes a core focus for enterprises, the kind of thinking that informs SSOT is rapidly bringing a corresponding sophistication to the communications that drive marketing, sales, and customer engagement and support. By addressing the contents of these channels with a scientific regard for how information is managed and standardized, companies can rapidly modernize these traditional assets for maximum ROI. For example, companies increasingly recognize that the quality and consistency of their technical documentation can directly impact their marketing efforts as consumers gain a literacy for how overall quality and other expectations are reflected in these materials. Attempting to address these demands piecemeal is simply not tractable, while adopting centralized content management practices can provide a guiding methodology for optimizing informational resources across organizations. With data now used as an indicator of where companies can expect to compete and perform, likewise treating the means by which they engage those opportunities as a form of data with centralized management practices will enable them to rapidly localize and deploy their products in services in markets around the world.

With a global network of 10,000+ linguists and subject matter experts in over 250 languages, CSOFT International helps enterprises optimize their content across channels and languages, from customized content marketing and documentation solutions to translation and localization for overseas teams, users, and consumers. With state-of-the-art content management and translation technologies and methodologies adhering to best practices, CSOFT can help organizations streamline their communications to achieve the quality, consistency, and control needed to realize Single Source of Truth capabilities on a global scale.

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