Contracts of Translation

Often indicates that there are different specialties or areas within the translation industry professional. Many translation agencies in our web pages explain the different areas in which we provide translations. For example: technical, legal, medical, literary, financial translation, etc. But in this article, we’d like to focus on the translation of contracts.

In modern times, constantly refers to international business, business development, great ideas for increasing revenues and the various aspects of human communication.

However, do not forget something? In fact, the beginning of all these concepts is based on an agreement between two parties (or more) if required. Whether they are entities or individuals that are going to cooperate in order to achieve mutual benefits.

Use of the appropriate terminology

Like other legal documents, translation of contracts can be really complicated. As you know, the actions and the benefits of the parties depend on the particular interpretation of the clauses of a contract. So it is even more important if possible, transmit the translation in a clear and unequivocal message to avoid possible misinterpretation or empty legal.

As the process of translation of contracts has been considered one part within the field of legal translation, apply the same rules for the use of the terminology and the sentence structures. The use of proper terminology and commonly used structures, ensure that the translation of a contract will be understood in a unique way: correct.

Format of the translation of contracts

Another very important aspect to avoid confusion and misunderstanding is the format of the contract. A good standard of international contract is one where the translation of the terms of the contract are placed in columns along with the original. Therefore a contract bilingual with text translated and perfectly aligned.

While parties may not understand the part of the contract, this design provides an overview quick dates, values, numbers, and of course a sense of equality between the parties. The majority of customers say that treatment of equality when it comes to business is very important.

One further aspect which has to take into account the format using the bold and the capitalization of the text. Depending on the target language capitalization rules may be different, but it is always important to distinguish between the terms used and the parties involved in the contract. This practice also collaborates to the clear understanding of the information included in a contract.

Tips when it comes to translating a contract

Once completed the drafting of a contract. It is advisable to take a time to reread it carefully and from “a distance” ask yourself if are actually included all points and necessary aspects. It is even advisable makes a reading a person outside the wording of the contract.

It is convenient, before sending to translate a contract, which indeed is the final version. Thus, apart from saving time and money, inconvenience and possible errors are avoided.

If you want to convey a sense of respect for the future partner who will sign the contract, and this speaks another language, it is advisable to forward him a copy of already translated so you can read it and ensure that everything is properly understood.

What is BPMN and why it is important for both SME’s and large companies?

You already know that your organization works because there are processes that underpin its operations, and that for each relevant operation, there is a sequence of steps that make it possible. You already know that you need to manage those processes to ensure that the execution of each step, and the process is usually successful. And you also know that there is a discipline called process management business (BPM – Business Process Management) which aims to help with that goal.

But, maybe you don’t know as starting to model these processes, as a first step to understand them, then automate them, and finally measure them to improve them. That is the purpose of this article: introducing the notation (BPMN – Business Process Management Notation business process management)

I will try to demonstrate what BPMN is the most appropriate notation, and I would even say indispensable so that your organization is a corporation with thousands of employees or a fledgling startup, can:

  •     Compete (and survive)
  •     Grow (being efficient and scalable)
  •     Get higher (involving everyone in that way)


Compete (and survive)

The reality is hard. And you know the only way to compete (and survive) is to be more efficient and effective than the competition. Otherwise, customers will leave and sooner rather than later, the company will break. So easy to say, difficult to do.

Automate processes is a tool (and one very important) to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. But to automate the processes necessary to model them first, and do so in BPMN presents great advantages:

The notation emphasizes business and process, not on technical aspects. Forced to think, analyze and understand the process. First this, then that, if such a thing happens, such other becomes.

Does not require technical knowledge to be implemented. Training in the use of basic elements is very fast.

It is simple to read and understand. This allows to implement earlier versions of processes, but above all, adjust them and correct them to measures that run and improvement opportunities detected.

Automation must be fast. The decision to automate a process, so it is really an instrument of competition, we must move graphic model (drawing) to their execution within hours, perhaps days, but never weeks or months. In that sense, the chosen tool (BPM Suite) should allow to pass directly from the BPMN model to its execution.

Let’s look at a simple example, which is self explanatory: just by looking it is understood the process, conditions and flow forks and where they would be any bottlenecks:

The efficiency generated by automating a process results in two major elements:

  •     Lower cost per transaction (optimized times, less input, etc.)
  •     Satisfaction of stakeholders (customers, employees, etc.)

Automation takes some time, therefore is an investment. The more time officers, more investment and more will be slow its return (ROI). Why it is so important to use a standard language like BPMN that all handle, and that the tool will pass the model to the execution with a single click.

Grow (being efficient and scalable)

From the processes automated and sequenced, it is possible to grow up with a standardized operation. Put another way, manual processes are not scalable, so the company that has to process more work per unit of time, may not do so, the costs to do so manually will fire, losing competitiveness, dangerous survival.

Again, here the use of BPMN is relevant, because to be a standard, after having automated a first process, the second, the third and the following will follow the same notation, will operate on the same BPMtool, and will not require a change management so that the people adopt it.

In this sense, we can see that BPMN:

  •     It is a notation simple, that facilitates understanding and formalize processes that can be complex.
  •     Visually it is very clear what is the flow (workflow associated with the process), and that allows you to discuss what is really relevant. Flows with multiple conditions are clear to all.
  •     You can add comments that explain non-trivial things in the diagram, what makes you you can share and be self explanatory.
  •     The above corollary: is autodocumentado, avoiding the cost and the cumbersome to maintain documentation of processes in text editors.

By way of example, the Library of processes of Flokzu (a Suite of BPM in the cloud, agile and accessible) brings processes modeled in BPMN, ready to use, so adoption is gradual but fast, and can thus be more scalable. The growing company will adopt one, and quickly the second, and the third, making their operation increasingly more automated and accompany their growth.

Get higher (involving all)

A company, large or small, is a team, and to get more precise high that all members are committed to this mission, are ranked on how do this and share values needed to do it the right way.

One of the most important points to achieve cohesive and aligned teams is to achieve a proper knowledge management. The only model altogether the company processes using BPMN allows make more cohesive teams (specific regarding this post), then:

  •     It is a collaborative task by definition.
  •     Allows all members to soak is the business and the processes meet the goals.
  •     Manage knowledge, given that the processes are formalized and will then be available for people who come later.

Using BPMN and the right BPM Suite, can do these tasks with high value added in a short time, and focusing on business (not in technical details). This video shows an example how a process is automated in 8 minutes:

Modeling processes, also implies the definition of KPIs to measure as they are working. It is part of the discipline of BPM, and is important to provide objectivity to how the organization is performing. From these KPI’s, conclusions which may involve modifying processes must be removed. And here again, it is essential to have them modeled in BPMN to make it simple and fast to introduce these improvements necessary. Put another way, if an improvement in the process (e.g., change a stage, or a condition in the flow), takes weeks or months, it will not be. And therefore it will not improve. And there will not be high.


BPMN is a notation for modelling business processes. Even though there are others, when a tool allows to model on BPMN and pass to the execution of these processes through a click, very relevant benefits are achieved. The efficiency and effectiveness is increased mainly due to the reduction of costs and improvement in the quality of the process). They would earn in scalability, to be formalized and automated processes. People lined up behind a common objective and is managed properly the knowledge on how to achieve it. The adoption of a BPM Suite based on BPMN ( Flokzu being a good example), allows you to travel this road with immediate results and moderate investment. All these elements and concepts, discharges, are as important in a large corporation as an SME, as any company, must have in their DNA racing, grow and reach higher.

New Technologies that fall in love with the Translators.

Translators are crazy passionate about the most disparate subjects. Literature, science, technology, languages, politics, economics, film… We could devote a full article to everything that happens by the head of the translator, both when he is awake as when he is asleep. His mind never check the brake.

Something that has not stopped in recent years has been the technological breakthrough which has been suffering the world with the passage of time. Now our clock can tell us whether we should relax or not, is our phone which will pay for the dinner. A handset that translates while you talk? It is the giant who accompanies us these years.

Translators, as good curious, are passionate about all these advances. Since they all help to improve your translations and increase their knowledge about the world. As mentioned in other posts. The Internet is one tool more than strong in which we can support us to perform any search information. Translators in training phase dedicated part of his time to learn those shortcuts that will facilitate their consultations. These are new technologies that fall in love with translators

But not only internet and windows are what fascinate the translator. There are numerous developments that the world of technology offers us today and help improve our work. An example of this type of technology can be voice recognition applications. That through the implementation of voice commands, allows up to three times faster writing to which the translation Professional is used.

A reader capable of converting the text that appears in your document in paper and show it on the screen of your computer. Turn it in format PDF is also a little dream that would rather help improve the reading of the document. Today that dream is already possible since that small pencil magic exists.

But the methods that actually make the translator feel accomplished when making inquiries are glossaries and other web sites that have duly ordered and up-to-date information. Well, Web sites or software programs that are able to convert or export the text with which we are working. Make feasible for working ability to edit images with text, which retain the original format and their boards. They are the tools that a translator would lose his head.

Luckily, the Mars translators are abreast of all of these programs. Our translators know to distinguish what is best suited to work with your text. In addition, they have the training necessary and appropriate to treat the text as it deserves. And finally, that the translation respects all need and conditions required by the original document.