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24 August, 2012

I would like to share with you my recent article:  

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” Niccolo Machiavelli  Secured Signing digital signature’s compliant e-Signature

We are living in a fast-tech era, consuming fast-tech products. The life we live, and the business we run (or work for), our social interactions, work environment, and daily behavior are all changing and reshaping constantly by new technological developments. Before we continue with our justified hail for progress, let’s go back for a brisk moment in time. The birth of first computer took place with the invention of ENIAC - Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator. The world’s first electronic digital computer (patent was filed in 26 June, 1947) was invented as a result of the great demand of war to “reduce the time required for arriving at solutions to problems which might have required months or days by older procedures.

Fast forward sixty five years, the revolution of the ENIAC endures. The majority of us carry our individual portable devices for communicating privately or for work purposes, struggling to keep in pace with the latest gadget, or surrendering / fighting the desire to have the latest model. What surprising is the fact that regardless of what devices we use to implement it, the principals who differentiated more than half a century ago the ‘new’ outcome from the ‘old’, is astonishingly similar: the workload of recruitment companies and their consultants reduces from days to minutes!  

A typical recruitment process requires a candidate to fill-in and sign adequately dozens of essential paperwork in order to meet employment, legislative and occupational health conditions. The process is lengthy, tiresome and frustrating for all parties involved: the candidate, who desires to find a job promptly but accidently omit a signature somewhere, the employer who needs to see new employees onsite as fast as possible, and for the recruitment consultant, who communicates with both and often waste time chasing the forms and missing items while trying to provide professional customer service that complies with industry’s regulations.

The introduction of eForms that incorporate digital signature technology has distinguishably transformed this situation altogether.  Recruitment consultants are now able to sign and invite candidates and employers to fill-in and sign brand electronic forms from anywhere any time, to manage and oversee the signing process, and view in real-time progress reports. The user-based PKI digital signature innovative technology complies with worldwide regulations for the online signing of electronic documents (ETA’s, ESIGN, EU VAT Directive, UECA, UETA, ECA’s and many more), and offers highest level of security. The signed form is sealed, and any changes made to the document invalidate the signatures.

Abardeen Group, a leading provider of business research, published its Human Capital Management Trends 2012 Report. The study reveals that HR companies and line of business respondents who show results in top industry performance, Best-in-Class, have implemented successfully recruitment technologies as one of their core business strategies. Secured Signing’s service that offers to fill-in and signing of electronic documents follows the trend. It boosts efficiency, ensures costs cut, meets market labour demands, and as mentioned above, plays an essential role in the recruitment industry’s timely change of conduct. 

Till next time,

Cheers, John


3 August, 2012

The London Olympics are in full steam and so far, apart from some disruptions during coverage of the men’s road cycling race, there were no public reports of any major IT disruptions / failures – touch wood!

According to Gerry Pennel, CIO for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), careful planning of this mega operation started back in 2008. With nearly a quarter of the entire committee’s budget spent on technology, a team of 5,500 technical staff, and an around-the—clock, 173-seat Technical Operations Centre (TOC), it is obvious to see a thorough and careful strategic planning was at the core of this successful execution.                    

A recent Forrester’s report, ‘Measure the Effectiveness of the Strategic Planning Process’, by Chip Gliedman, et al. (June, 2012) elaborates further on this issue."The ultimate judges of any strategic planning process are the business technology (BT) users who need to produce business benefits with the technology. The goals, desires, and needs of this group are therefore key inputs to the strategic plan, and improvement in their satisfaction with the tools provided is the ultimate measure of the effectiveness of the resulting plans and road maps”.     

This is indeed true, and similarly applies to the worldwide users of the Secured Signing service who judge and experience daily the extensive benefits of electronic signing of documents that expedites business processes, improves efficiency, reduces operational and processing costs, and enhances a green environment. The Secured Signing solution combines meticulous planning, utmost secure and compliant user-based PKI digital signature technology, and ongoing design and development of comprehensive cutting-edge online signing products that provide proven results and are worthy of Gold.  

Till next time,

Cheers, John