Jan Kratochvil

software and product localization expert, trainer and consultant

Jan Kratochvil
Based in: Czech Republic Czechia Working area: Central Europe
Status: at your service Languages: German, English, Czech
Listed in: Development & Tech, Languages & Translation

Software and product localization is an art.

It is a complex process that goes well beyond just translation — into marketing, training, and providing support to both local teams and end users.

I have been working in the IT sector since 1999, gradually narrowing down my specialization to software and product localization. In software projects involving translation, I focus mainly on German-Czech localization and translation, but I provide a much broader range of services as a trainer, consultant and independent localization expert:

  • Software and product localization projects — translations and localizations of software, websites, e-commerce and online platforms, iOS and Android apps; user manuals for software and other products according to required specifications
  • Remote and local training support for developers, regional managers, branch employees, important clients as well as end users
  • Remote and local product support involving marketing, customer service, technical support, reporting, problem solving, etc.

If you are not experienced in the localization of software or products for other markets, my first and only advice would be: Don’t do this alone, and hire an experienced pro to help you. Many projects fail for lack of experience, wasting investors’ capital and damaging brand reputation.

I work with company clients all over Central Europe who want to expand their business territory into other countries and languages. I may join your project as a part of your team, or simply provide the necessary support and expertise you need in order to succeed.

Selected references

  • OMV Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania — a great number of local in-person training sessions for software end users, head offices and service companies
  • Tesco Poland, Warsaw — local training for software end users and head office users
  • Tokheim Austria (currently TSG Austria) — software and hardware localization and deployment on the Austrian market
  • Eni Austria — project management and SW and HW support in Austria
  • Demic TS GmbH, Germany — long-term software and product support, local training sessions for SW end users and service companies
  • BEV, Austria (Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying) — negotiations with the certification authority, processing of documents for SW/HW certification tests and approvals for deployment on the Austrian market
  • Laurel Számítástechnikai Kft., Hungary — software training session for a service company
  • Butzbach GmbH Industrietore, Germany — operating management and local support at the Czech branch in Usti nad Labem
  • IT company Unicode Systems (1999-2016)
  • Czechia and Slovakia
    • long-term local support of a Czech company in Austria and Germany, including quotations, sales support, email and voice communication, invoicing, local and remote product support
    • end-user support for many small companies and private customers

Work experience highlights

  • Several years’ stay in Austria as well as long-term work in Austria and Germany and other European countries
  • Software and product language localizations, training services and presentations of specific IT solutions in the German language
  • 22 years of experience in communication with German-speaking clients in IT, oil and other industries
  • Localization of mobile apps, software and websites
  • Creation of user manuals for software applications and other purposes
  • Collaborations with IT and translation companies
Jan Kratochvil

Contact details

Jan Kratochvil
Brafova trida 18
674 01
Czech Republic, European Union
Mobile:+420 702 147 081
VAT ID:CZ6909104521
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