Minimize The Impact Of Global Holidays On Your Localization

Minimize The Impact Of Global Holidays On Your Localization
Summary: December, January, and February are inundated with holidays across almost every culture and country at some point. Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, and Chinese New Year all fall within this short 3 month time span. For those developers with localization needs, international holidays can be a challenge year round.

How To Minimize The Impact Of Global Holidays On Your Localization 

In the world of developing content for diverse audiences, it never fails that international holidays effect your best laid localization plans. Holidays vary greatly from country to country and rarely align in a convenient manner when it comes to your localization projects and getting things done.

Resources can become scarce or non-existent for days or weeks at a time. This includes translators as well as voice talent and engineers. If you aren’t aware of what may be happening in other parts of the world, you may get caught up in holiday celebrations that you didn’t even know existed. Whether your resources are located abroad or in the US, you are likely to be affected by these international holidays. Many cultures still celebrate them here.

When looking at your overall project scopes for 2016, now is a good time to research how holidays may affect your timelines. It’s never too early to plan ahead.

Here are a couple of good resources to identify these bumps that may be ahead in your path:

Once you’ve identified the conflicts, you can adjust your start dates for localization to better accommodate these gaps. This will ensure you can complete your projects on time and with a bit less stress.