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5 Compelling Reasons to Use Machine Translation


How do you know when machine translation is right for a particular job or for your business? Some translation jobs are better left to human translators. However, machine translation has distinct advantages of its own. With that in mind, here are 5 compelling reasons to use machine translation.

1. Machine translation is faster.

One of the key advantages of machine translation is speed. A computer program can translate tremendous amounts of content quickly. Human translators, on the other hand, are more accurate but take much longer to complete the same amount of work.

2. Machine translation is less expensive.

Machine translation is also less expensive than using a human translator. After all, not only is it faster, but computers do not (yet!) require a minimum hourly wage. Professional translators, on the other hand, are experts who deserve to be compensated for their expertise.

The key here is to save that expertise for when it's actually needed. If all you need is a rough translation, machine translation can get you the information you need much more cheaply than a human translator. In fact, our machine translation solutions can save you anywhere from 35% and 98% of the cost of a human translator.

3. Machine translation is great for sifting through large amounts of data.

Machine translation is also useful when you have a large amount of content that needs to be translated quickly. For example, machine translation makes it possible to quickly translate high volume medical claims, research instructions, websites and portals, email and SMS, as well as review customer reviews, online comments and social media posts. Human translators can then review for an added layer of accuracy and quality.

Machine translation makes it possible to sift through the foreign language documents, search for relevant terms, and get remember those terms for later application.

Learn how one company reduced their Medical Claims and/or EOB costs by 80%


4. Machine translation is secure.

Free translation platforms, like Google Translate, come with security vulnerabilities and inaccuracies. Octave machine translation solutions are built on secure, auditable and trackable platform. Coupled with HITRUST certifications, PHI/HIPAA compliance and ISO certifications your customers will be in better hands.

5. Machine translation improves consistency.

Machine translation engines can also be customized with your preferred business terms, improving the consistency of translated documents. The computer program can be trained to use the same term for the same concept every time. This helps keep your company's "voice" intact even when working with multiple linguists and reams of content.

Trying to decide between machine translation or human-powered translation? Why not both?

When you combine the speed and efficiency of machine translation with the expertise of human translators for post-editing, you get the best of both worlds: accuracy and efficiency, for a reasonable price.

Most businesses have no business using the free online version of translation tools like Google Translate. Professional, customized machine translation solutions are faster, and more accurate and secure. For example, United Language Group's Octave ecosystem, has a proprietary system that increases the speed and efficiency of standard machine translation software. When you need trained human eyes on your project, our expert linguists are there to help. And our award-winning project management process keeps your projects on time and on budget.