Overcoming growth challenges with a super-scalable localization platform

340+l10n team

20l10n projects

18languages

8mwords

The leading social network for business professionals in the German-speaking market, XING provides more than 12 million members with a platform to connect and collaborate. A hub for job-seeking, hiring, news and idea-sharing, XING propels careers and drives business success in every industry.

As XING’s operations expanded, it found that its outdated translation management solution lacked the process streamlining and collaboration features required to meet evolving business needs. By replacing the aging software with Phrase – an all-in-one, web-based localization platform – XING has streamlined translation, simplified management, and enabled scalability.


Challenge

Growing pains

For businesses operating in a multilingual environment, releasing new resources is rarely as simple as creating a single, native-language version – to maximize reach, localization is an essential step. Translating text into numerous different languages can be a time-consuming process; and without an effective translation management solution in place, localization can often delay the release of new products and features.

This is something that XING knows all too well. With as many as 250 resources needing to be translated into ten languages each week, the business relies on its localization management platform to coordinate its vast number of localization projects. And, with XING enjoying a strong growth trajectory, its localization requirements have steadily increased. As a consequence, the business network found that its translation solution was in need of powerful additional features.

Guido Behrenswerth, Copywriting & Content Strategy Team Lead at XING, explains: “Our existing translation management platform lacked the scalability to meet the growing needs of our business, and it was beginning to suffer from performance and reliability issues as a result. Its heritage code would have been very difficult to maintain in the long run. It was clear that it was time to look for a new solution.”

If left unchecked, these issues would have risked delaying XING’s release cycle, negatively impacting the platform's pace of development – and XING knew that as its business continued to expand, the problem would only get worse.

«Gracias a Phrase, podemos ampliar nuestra cartera de productos y negocios sin tener que preocuparnos por la localización».

Guido Behrenswerth
Jefe del equipo de Redacción y Estrategia de Contenido, XING

Solution

Partnering for success

XING wanted a new translation platform that was faster, more reliable, more functional, and more scalable.

It looked at several different solutions, and – following a thorough evaluation process – the company’s engineers, copywriters and translators unanimously agreed that Phrase was the best choice.

“Phrase stood out for a number of reasons,” recalls Guido Behrenswerth. “The quality of the product itself, Phrase’s willingness to listen to feedback and feature requests, and the quick and helpful customer support were all decisive factors in our decision. It also didn’t hurt that Phrase is almost literally our next-door neighbor in Hamburg."

Above all, though, XING was impressed with the solution’s versatility. Phrase supports all kinds of software environments and it can be quickly set up to work with both small and complex projects. Phrase’s versatility – 38 localization file formats across various platforms and programming languages – is highly beneficial for XING, given that its services run on a variety of platforms and use a number of different frameworks and programming languages.

A leading-edge translation management solution, Phrase offers many features – including a powerful API and an intuitive central dashboard – that are designed to streamline all aspects of the localization process, making it easy for XING to create and manage its translation projects. Delivered as a web-based service, Phrase is also highly scalable – easily capable of supporting XING’s increasing localization requirements.


Benefits

Superior scalability, powerful functionality

“Our main goal was to improve scalability,” says Guido Behrenswerth. “And there is no doubting that we have met that objective. Phrase is up to three times more scalable than our old system: it can handle many simultaneous projects, locales, and a much greater word count.”

Additionally, with Phrase in place, many localization tasks are now much simpler than they used to be. Thanks to the API, it’s become easier for XING to create projects, add languages, upload keys, and update resources. New verification options have helped streamline the proofreading process, and automated suggestions simplify translation.

As a result, Phrase offers improvements throughout the entire localization process, and it’s been well received by everyone involved: engineers, copywriters, and translators.

Guido Behrenswerth concludes: “Thanks to Phrase, we can expand our business and product portfolio without ever having to worry about localization. It’s a future-proof solution and we’re confident it will support XING as we continue to grow.”


Features used

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API

The API allows you to import locale files, download locale files, tag keys or interact in other ways with the localization data stored in Phrase for your account.

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Verification System

Automatically notify your translators about changes in the source language and request a revision of the translated keys to ensure a consistent communication in all languages.

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User Roles and Access Control

Organize your localization team by assigning dedicated roles and access rights to each team member according to projects and locales.


¿Qué es XING?

XING es una red profesional online con sede en Hamburgo, Alemania. Descrita a menudo como la contraparte de LinkedIn en los países de habla alemana, la red social emplea a más de 1.500 personas y generó ingresos superiores a 235 millones de euros en 2018.

¿Qué ofrece XING?

La plataforma social XING ofrece a sus usuarios una plataforma para conexiones e información profesionales. Pueden elegir entre dos membresías: la suscripción básica gratuita y la suscripción Premium de pago con acceso a funciones exclusivas.

¿Quién usa XING?

Empleados y empresas de cualquier industria utilizan XING. En diciembre de 2018, la plataforma tenía casi 15 millones de usuarios registrados.

¿Qué puedes hacer con XING?

XING ayuda a las personas a conectarse entre sí y buscar empleo, nuevos empleados, asesoramiento de expertos e ideas de negocios. Las empresas pueden publicar anuncios de empleo y ponerse en contacto directamente con los empleados potenciales. Los usuarios también pueden conectarse en más de 80.000 grupos especializados o durante uno de los eventos de networking organizados a través de XING.

Results

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    No more risks in delaying the release cycle
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    Improved scalability
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    Streamlined the proofreading process
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