FI/CO Expert Web Site Review: Babylon.com

  • by Oliver Hatzfeld, Manager SCM with ICM AG's Kronberg (Germany) Office
  • March 15, 2002
This article evaluates the online and offline features of "www.babylon.com," a useful translation, information, and conversion tool that allows you to type in a word, phrase, or acronym, and launch a search for definitions, facts, and translations into foreign languages ... without actually being connected to the Internet at the time. After a review of the site and its free viewing program and dictionary/glossary downloads, there are three demonstration exercises that give you a chance to try the tool out for yourself.
Key Concept

In this article, I will discuss my experience with and evaluation of the web site "Babylon.com." I believe this site can be useful to you because with it, you can find quick answers to questions such as …

  • How many kilograms is 175 pounds?
  • What currency is used in Thailand, and what’s the current exchange rate?
  • What is the German word for "Settlement"?

… and you do not actually need to be connected to the Internet at the time.

After a review of the site, you can try some of the site’s features yourself. There are three demonstration exercises, after which you should be in good shape to decide for yourself whether or not you would like to become a regular visitor:

  • Demonstration #1 — Download the free viewer and use it to answer the question: "How many kilograms is 175 pounds?"
  • Demonstration #2 — Change a few settings on the viewer, and then use it with the example question: "What currency is used in Thailand, and what’s the current exchange rate (to Euros)?"
  • Demonstration #3 — Download a free dictionary as practice for answering questions such as: "What is the German word for the FI/CO term ‘Settlement’?"

Oliver Hatzfeld

Dr. Oliver Hatzfeld is the Manager SCM with ICM AG’s Kronberg (Germany) office. He specializes in SAP SCM software application support for inter- and intra-enterprise collaboration.

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