Configuring the Cost Savings Dashboard

If you use Acrolinx, you might want to know how much money your improved content quality saves you. Using your reporting data you can calculate your Acrolinx cost savings by looking at how many issues your users found and corrected with Acrolinx. After you calculate how much money each corrected issue type saves, you can assign the different issue types to cost savings categories.

To see the results in the cost savings dashboard, configure how Acrolinx uses your data to calculate the cost savings. Acrolinx provides an example configuration to help you get started.

There are 3 major steps to configure the Cost Savings dashboard.

Configuring the Currency That's Used in the Cost Savings Dashboard

You configure the currency, so that the cost savings dashboard displays cost savings in your local currency.

To configure the currency, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Analytics Administration Cost Savings Settings and select the Dashboard Settings tab.
  2. In the General Settings, enter the currency you want to use in cost savings dashboard.

    You can enter any currency symbol or character with a maximum of three characters length.

  3. Click Save to save your changes.

Configuring the Cost Savings Categories

You calculate your Acrolinx cost savings by looking at how many issues your users found and corrected with Acrolinx. You can categorize your cost savings based on the types of issues that could have cost you money. In the cost savings dashboard, the results are broken down by these cost savings categories.

For example, suppose that you translate your content into 10 different languages. Translators are paid per word, and the longer your texts are, the more expensive the translations are. If you use Acrolinx to ensure that your writers write shorter sentences, you can reduce the overall word count. With every word your writers save, you save money when translating the content. If you know how much each translated word costs, you can add this amount to a cost savings category.

To configure the cost savings categories, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Analytics Administration Cost Savings Settings and select the Dashboard Settings tab.
  2. In the Cost Savings Category section, select Add Cost Savings Category to open the Add Cost Savings Category dialog.
  3. Configure the new cost savings category in the Add Cost Savings Category dialog.
    1. Add a name for the cost savings category in the Cost Savings Category field.
    2. Add a description for the cost savings category in the Description field.
    3. Enter an amount for the costs that you save per corrected issue in the Costs saved per corrected issue field.
    4. Enter the estimated correction rate in the Estimated correction rate field.

      Normally, Acrolinx calculates the correction rate based on a comparative check of the document. You enter an estimated correction rate for cases where Acrolinx can’t calculate the actual correction rate. The estimated correction rate is the percentage of issues in the cost savings category that you estimate writers normally correct with the help of Acrolinx. Acrolinx uses the correction rate to calculate the cost savings.

  4. Click OK and then Save to save your changes.

Assigning Issue Types to Cost Savings Categories

After you have configured your cost savings categories, you must assign the different issue types to the relevant cost savings categories. You assign issue types to cost savings categories so that you can calculate the costs saved. Only the issue types that you assigned to cost savings categories are included when Acrolinx calculates the cost savings. Once you have assigned your issue types, your cost savings dashboard shows you the related cost savings broken down by your cost savings categories.

For example, suppose that you configured a cost savings category to calculate the cost savings you achieve in translations. Because translations are cheaper if the source content is shorter, you can assign all Acrolinx guidelines that help writers write shorter texts to this category. In this case, you might assign guidelines like sentence too longavoid duplicates, or simplify word to this cost savings category.

To assign issue types to cost savings categories, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Analytics Administration Cost Savings Dashboard and select the Issue Types tab.
  2. Assign Terminology issuesSentence too long issues, and Spelling issues to the relevant cost savings categories by selecting from the dropdown.
  3. Assign Style and grammar issues to the relevant cost savings categories.
    1. Select the relevant guidelines in the table.

      To display only the relevant guidelines, you can filter the displayed guidelines by language and by guideline name.

    2. Select the cost savings category from the dropdown above the table and click Assign to Selection to assign the cost savings category to the selected guidelines.

      You can also click on the table cells in the Cost Savings Category column to edit the cost savings category for individual guidelines.

  4. Click Save to save your changes.