...WebSphere Translation Server Opens the Web to the World With Real-Time,
Using its advanced machine translation technology, IBM (NYSE: IBM)
launches the IBM WebSphere Translation Server, helping to remove language
as a barrier to global communication and e-commerce. The IBM WebSphere
Translation Server will enable enterprises to provide Web pages, e-mail
messages and chat conversations in multiple languages, in real time.
With the IBM WebSphere Translation Server, enterprises can create and
distribute Web content globally, without the need for special Web pages or
separate Web infrastructures. It also enables chats in multiple languages
for both internal and external communications, improving efficiency by
helping to create truly global communities.
"Machine translation allows for dynamic business content to be created at
a fraction of the cost of professional translation services," said Steve
McClure, vice president, Speech and Natural Language Software, IDC. "At
present, the machine translation industry consists mainly of small
segmented players, with no clear leader. IBM's entry signifies a major
turning point and will help validate and accelerate the adoption of
machine translation, a software market projected to reach $378 million by
"Deutsche Bank Private Banking has chosen IBM WebSphere Translation Server
to facilitate the automatic translation of Internet and intranet content
in its new Knowledge Management System," notes Marco Stein, project
leader, Global Private Banking Intranet, Deutsche Bank. "The ability to
support bi-directional translation for a wide range of languages was an
important consideration for us. We also needed a system which actually
understood the grammars of the various languages, much more than just a
translation of individual words. Finally, we were looking for a solution
that provided flexibility, yet one which was economic in its use of
resources. The target group of 6,500 employees worldwide will use the
system to save time while translating and reading documents."
Ozzie Osborne, general manager, IBM Voice Systems, adds, "The ability of
our customers to offer quick, convenient, multi-lingual translation makes
their Web content available to a much wider audience, who speak many
languages. In addition, as an integrated component of IBM WebSphere's
proven architecture, based on open standards, the IBM WebSphere
Translation Server can help businesses of any size dramatically increase
their global reach with a limited investment."
IBM WebSphere Translation Server supports bi-directional text translation
between English and French, German, Spanish and Italian, as well as from
English to Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Japanese and Korean.
IBM WebSphere Translation Server is designed for a customer's enterprise.
Running on NT, AIX and Solaris, the IBM WebSphere Translation Server can
translate up to 500 words per second (speeds may vary based on processor
speed and system configuration). Connectivity plug-ins are available for
the IBM WebSphere Application Server, Lotus Domino and Lotus Sametime
through the Lotus Translation Components (LTCs).
Pricing and Availability
IBM WebSphere Translation Server will be available in March 2001 from IBM
and IBM business partners, priced at $10,000/language pair/processor. To
learn more about the IBM WebSphere Translation Server for Multiplatforms
Version 1.0, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/voice
With over 30 years of delivering voice solutions and over 100 voice
technology patents, IBM is the global leader in providing access to data
through end-to-end voice integrated solutions that enable organizational
effectiveness for e-business development. For more information about IBM
Voice Systems, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/voice
IBM and WebSphere are trademarks or registered trademarks of IBM
Corporation. All other product names may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 020 72026299
Jonathan Batty/ Tracey Farrant
Tel: +44 (0)1753 790700
Fax: +44 (0)1753 790701
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