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Erik Vogt

Erik manages Moravia’s solutions team and is responsible for supporting new and existing customers by applying innovative solutions to complex business opportunities. Erik started in localization as an engineer in 1998, and joined Moravia in 2013. In addition to his background in engineering and operations management, Erik has spent almost half of his career as a program director specializing in building large-scale localization programs for some of the leading technology companies in the world. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Erik is currently in the process of completing his MBA from Western Governors University.

Recent Posts

How the Smartphone Predicts Our Language-Independent Future

Posted by Erik Vogt on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 05:16 PM

What's in store for the language industry? Can we really predict what lies ahead?

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Topics: Localization Technology

Trouble Ahead? Why Predicting the Language Sector's Future Is Hard

Posted by Erik Vogt on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 03:36 PM

How does one forecast the future? Is it possible to plumb the depths of our language industry to predict what lies on the business seas ahead? What is clouding our crystal balls?

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Topics: Localization Technology

Join Us at TAUS for a Futuristic Panel on Machine Learning and Globalized Business

Posted by Erik Vogt on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 07:05 PM

Machine learning is a hot topic, much discussed in conference rooms and intellectual forums by futurists, inventors, and disrupters in other words, TAUS attendees.

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Topics: Localization Insider

How Content and Quality Affect Translation Memory Use

Posted by Erik Vogt on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 09:06 PM

Translation memory (TM) is an established language technology known to save costs and time, and it usually improves quality, but not all organizations are able to leverage translation memory to the fullest. Why does this happen?

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Topics: Localization Insider

Localization Metrics 201: Moving Beyond the Basics for Optimization

Posted by Erik Vogt on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 08:15 PM

In my last post, Localization Metrics 101: A Crash Course in the Basics, I proposed that tracking basic indicators like on-time deliveries, average language quality scores, and throughput were vital to establishing a solid localization program. Once you have gotten these basics down — especially narrowing your focus to the metrics that are important to your own unique strategy — you can turn your attention to Level 200 issues.

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Topics: Localization Insider

How to Create an Effective Localization Dashboard

Posted by Erik Vogt on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 07:23 PM

What is a dashboard? As it is commonly understood, a dashboard is a panel on which important information is visually presented. When you’re in the driver’s seat of your car, that dashboard tells you, among other things, how fast you’re driving, how much fuel is in the tank, and whether or not there is sufficient oil pressure to protect the engine. The dashboard provides key information at a glance so that you, as a driver, can enjoy a smooth and safe ride to your destination.

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Topics: Localization Insider

Mobile Retail Data Shows Alibaba, China Lead the Way

Posted by Erik Vogt on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 07:53 PM

The term m-commerce has been around since at least 1997, when the very first Global Mobile Commerce Forum was held in London. The Forum brought together representatives of major mobile telecom service providers, cell phone manufacturers, credit card companies, and retailers to form collaborations for the provision of goods and services sold via wireless technology.

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Localization Metrics 101: A Crash Course in the Basics

Posted by Erik Vogt on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 07:10 PM

Localization Dashboard

The quality measurement field has a saying: “What gets measured gets done.” There’s a lot of truth and complexity in this seemingly simple statement. It’s both a guide and a warning. If you measure the right thing, you will know that it is done. If you don’t measure it, you won’t know.

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Topics: Localization Insider

3 Critical KPI Lessons from All Your Business Data

Posted by Erik Vogt on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 09:17 PM

Data is everything. Data is the source from which you draw all of your statistics, the foundation upon which you base your facts. Data is there in all of your tables, your spreadsheets, and your system reports. But data does not equal metrics. And, despite a considerable amount of public confusion, metrics are not indicators.

So when we are talking about key performance indicators, what exactly do we mean? Let’s start with a story.

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Topics: Localization Insider

Which Localization Model Is the Best Choice for Translation Quality?

Posted by Erik Vogt on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

In any discussion on which localization model to adopt — specifically the various factors that will lead organizations to choose between in-house localization, single sourcing, and outsourcing to multiple suppliers — there is no avoiding the language quality question. While quality is not an entirely objective value, there are nevertheless ways by which you can determine what quality indicators are important to your project goals and which supplier model will best deliver that value.

So which localization model is your best bet for approaching premium quality?

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