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Global Competitiveness – Another View. Bernhard Kohlmeier Director, Localization Futures Core Operating Systems Division Microsoft Corporation.

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1 Global Competitiveness – Another View

2 Bernhard Kohlmeier Director, Localization Futures Core Operating Systems Division Microsoft Corporation

3 Microsoft Facts Fiscal Year 2003 Revenues: US-$ 32,187M Fiscal Year 2003 Revenues: US-$ 32,187M International Sales International Sales Approx. 60% of total Revenue Approx. 60% of total Revenue Offices in more than 60 Countries Offices in more than 60 Countries Strongest Growth observed in Emerging Markets Strongest Growth observed in Emerging Markets Microsoft Windows ® and Office ® available in 40+ Languages Microsoft Windows ® and Office ® available in 40+ Languages Globalization and Localization is a Core Competency Globalization and Localization is a Core Competency

4 Local Products for the Global Market World-Readiness: Developing Products and Content for a Global Audience World-Readiness: Developing Products and Content for a Global Audience Software needs to be Enabled for Global Use Software needs to be Enabled for Global Use Scripts Scripts Graphics Graphics Functionality Functionality Local Product for the Global Market Local Product for the Global Market

5 Localization Globalization The International Software Product Lifecycle Plan Design Stabilize Implement Release Software Product Cycle Model Predominantly in Country US Core Global Awareness Required

6 Translation vs. Global Awareness Do we need local Translators? Do we need local Translators? Translations are best performed in the Locale Translations are best performed in the Locale Locale Specific content is best developed locally Locale Specific content is best developed locally Through learning Foreign Languages, international Awareness is created Through learning Foreign Languages, international Awareness is created What does it mean to converse and interact in a foreign language What does it mean to converse and interact in a foreign language What are the challenges for our International Customers when using our Products What are the challenges for our International Customers when using our Products Global Awareness is Key! Global Awareness is Key!

7 Diversity and Cultural Awareness of the Workforce Enriches our Performance and Products Enriches our Performance and Products We must Understand the Global Marketplace and Value and Incorporate Differences We must Understand the Global Marketplace and Value and Incorporate Differences Leverage the Differences to Succeed in an ever-changing Global Marketplace Leverage the Differences to Succeed in an ever-changing Global Marketplace This can only be accomplished through a Workforce that thinks Local(e)y in a Global Environment This can only be accomplished through a Workforce that thinks Local(e)y in a Global Environment

8 Microsoft Local Language Program Addresses several critical Goals of National and Regional Governments Worldwide by… Addresses several critical Goals of National and Regional Governments Worldwide by… Developing a robust local IT Economy Developing a robust local IT Economy Building universal IT Solutions for Multi- language cultures Building universal IT Solutions for Multi- language cultures Enabling the use of Regional Languages in technology to facilitate the preservation of language and culture Enabling the use of Regional Languages in technology to facilitate the preservation of language and culture Investment in previously unreached IT Communities Investment in previously unreached IT Communities

9 Creating Demand through Localization In many Countries especially Developing Markets English is not commonly spoken In many Countries especially Developing Markets English is not commonly spoken Lack of Availability of Local Language Versions of our Software is a Barrier to Entry Lack of Availability of Local Language Versions of our Software is a Barrier to Entry Incubation Incubation Software Products and Content available in local languages increases the adoption rate Software Products and Content available in local languages increases the adoption rate Help non-English speakers to reach their potential Help non-English speakers to reach their potential Creates Demand for Products and Content Creates Demand for Products and Content Create a literate IT Workforce in target locales Create a literate IT Workforce in target locales

10 A World of Changing Expectations More and more Students use Localized Software Products in School More and more Students use Localized Software Products in School Many Governments require Local Language versions of Software to be deployed Many Governments require Local Language versions of Software to be deployed Increased Demand through Market Pull Increased Demand through Market Pull

11 Language and Cultural Awareness as a Profession Language Education is Essential to… Language Education is Essential to… Appreciating Diverse Cultures Appreciating Diverse Cultures Enable Communications with International Customers and Business Partners Enable Communications with International Customers and Business Partners International Competence has to start right here in the United States International Competence has to start right here in the United States Build an early Foundation through Immersion into different Cultures i.e. Study Abroad Programs Build an early Foundation through Immersion into different Cultures i.e. Study Abroad Programs

12 Global Awareness is Key We need to build World-Ready products We need to build World-Ready products Our Workforce needs to be Diverse and able to draw from Talent that is Aware of the Global Marketplace Our Workforce needs to be Diverse and able to draw from Talent that is Aware of the Global Marketplace Awareness can only be accomplished through Language Education and Exposure to Foreign Cultures Awareness can only be accomplished through Language Education and Exposure to Foreign Cultures Language is the Key to Understanding the Requirements of a Global Marketplace and the Development of truly Global Products Language is the Key to Understanding the Requirements of a Global Marketplace and the Development of truly Global Products

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