Tony O´Dowd
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Tony was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Corel Corporation Limited from October 1995 to November 2000. This organization was responsible for localizing, supporting and manufacturing all international products for Corel. It was during this period that Corel adopted a release strategy that required all products be released simultaneously. Tony's team successfully met this challenge and simultaneous release of products became the norm rather than the exception. In 1995 Tony established a development team that developed the Trinity technology, that eventually became the Corel CATALYST product. This revolutionized the localization process for Corel, reducing cost and release lead-times while improving product quality and reliability.

Previously, from 1991 to 1995, Tony worked for Symantec Corporation Ireland as its Technology Manager. In this role he was responsible for developing the technology and structures behind Symantec's localization process. Today Symantec release all language versions of their products simultaneously. Tony also spent 3 years as Development Manager for Norton Commander, the market leader in File Management utilities during the early nineties. He also established Symantec's Asian localization hub in Japan.

From 1987 to 1991, Tony was employed by Lotus Development Corporation as a Principal Software Development Engineer where he established the development team that created products such as RED, Gentry and Phoenix. These products were the first of their kind in the industry and changed the localization process at Lotus from source file translation to binary file translation.

Tony spent three years as a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, teaching Microprocessor Design and Assembly Language Programming.

Aged 34, Tony has a BSC Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and is a founder of FIT Ltd., a $20 million government training organization for the long term unemployed.


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as author at  META-FORUM 2012 - A Strategy for Multilingual Europe, Brussels,