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27 November 2014

Top 3 Reasons for Shifting to Digital Signature in the Cloud

With 2014 almost behind us, we experience a surge in the number of reports that provide both the latest analysis and the IT predictions for 2015. This information that is given by some of the most influential technology research and advisory firms, offers substantial up-to-date data that can benefit business owners and organisations of any size or industry:

1. See your business / organisation as a system that incorporates IT in its daily business process, rather than seeing the IT as a separate aspect of the business.

According to Gartner’s Senior Vice President and Global Head of Research, Peter Sondergaard, “thirty-eight percent of global IT spend is outside of IT already, with a disproportionate amount in digital. By 2017, it will be over 50 percent.” (Susan Moore, 17 November, 2014). Speaking to an assembly of more than 1,500 CIO’s and IT leaders at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Australia last week, Sondergaard said their predictions show in 2015, the digital business will change how industries and businesses work with a “dramatic” impact on the global IT industry. 

Secured Signing, the Australasian Personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature and eForm SaaS provider, enables companies to combine the legally binding technology in their day-to-day business routine: “Paper was the bane of our lives, and we had been looking for a reliable and secure way to sign electronic documents for some time. Secured Signing’s solution ticked all the boxes. We didn’t have to change to or buy a specific HR system; it is an extension of our existing systems, so it was agile, quick, and easy to set-up with great support from the Secured Signing team,” says H&R Block HR Manager, Bill Cashman.   

2. Implementation of a cloud solution enhances your ever-important competitive advantage.

 The study ‘Disrupt, Collapse, Transform: The Role of the Cloud in Industry Transformation’ by global analyst firm Frost & Sullivan was completed last month (October, 2014); it surveyed 1,500 senior executives from different industries in the US, Australia, Singapore, the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Pursuant to the findings, 81 percent of US cloud users indicated the implementation of cloud technology delivered a timely and effective lead - notably, when they entered new markets. 

Peoplebank Australia’s CEO Peter Acheson, commented recently on the implementation of the Secured Signing platform saying, “Second to its people, efficient and effective use of technology can be one of the most competitive advantages a business can have.” 

3. With the fast shift to the cloud computing scene, businesses need to adapt their cloud services early in order to gain the initial doer benefits.

According to Forrester’s 2015 Cloud Predictions (Natalie Gagliordi, 13 November 2014), cloud services solutions are going to reign over on-premises applications, with the anticipation that companies will aim to replace their enterprise services with connectors to other ecosystems. 

Author of Thoughts for Meaningful Life, Dr. Pano George Karkanis’ quote concludes it best: “Good advice is like a useful tool, yet it requires hands to make it work.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


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10 April 2014

Choosing the right business supplier in any given industry usually involves a process of thorough research and successful trials that show clear benefits to the organisation. The favoured supplier must demonstrate what they can do that others can’t; they must offer a proven quality of their product/service and the skills of their people, and present credible results.

A good example of this was provided by Peoplebank recently when they implemented the Secured Signing SaaS solution. Peoplebank, Australia’s largest IT and specialist recruiter, has chosen to replace its lengthy back office paperwork with Secured Signing’s prompt, efficient, and highly secure technology. Secured Signing’s Personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature allows Peoplebank to automate and manage many of its contract preparation processes - including the pre-loading of sensitive contact information (i.e. TFN, Tax File Numbers). Early results show savings of around an hour-and-a-half with each new contractor placement. 

With Secured Signing, Peoplebank’s sales team is now able to upload an onboarding electronic package that is sent to the contractors and includes workflow, due date for sign-off, and particular contractors’ job guidelines. Contractors can securely and instantly fill-in and eSign the forms from anywhere, at any time, and no longer need to travel to Peoplebank’s offices or print or scan the forms. Information gathered is accurate, and all parties involved receive the complete and signed forms in a PDF format along with a detailed audit trail.

Peoplebank’s CEO, Peter Acheson, commented saying: “New technology and practices are developed constantly, and getting precisely the right mix of skills and experiences on board can make all the difference...we ‘re  excited by opportunities to spend less time on the back-end and more time on high-value aspects of our work. Secured Signing is helping our recruiters do just that...”  

And as Steve Jobs once said: “Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


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19 November, 2013

MYOB’s research into online technology usage by small to medium businesses (October 2013) shows more than one-third reduce their potential business results by omitting digital technology opportunities. The study reveals SMEs that use cloud computing were 59 percent predisposed to experience an increase in their annual revenue compared with non-cloud users.

According to the research, these are SMEs’ top five reasons for using the cloud:opportunity

  • Reduced IT costs
  • Greater access to technology
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Increased productivity
  • Staying up-to-date with software

MYOB’s Business Division General Manager, James Scollay says: “Businesses that use online technologies increasingly outperforming their less savvy competitors.

IBM’s survey, that reviewed mainly large companies and was published in October 2013, reinforces the latter. According to IBM’s study, organisations that adopt cloud computing nearly double their revenue growth, and achieve close to 2.5 times higher gross profit compared to their rival companies. The survey also found that one out of five leading organisations, who are ahead in the adoption of the technology, reported obtaining not only cost reductions and improved efficiency, but also a significant competitive advantage in their markets.

Secured Signing, the leading provider of eSignature and eForm SaaS solutions, delivers these kinds of benefits to its worldwide customers and their clients, with the certainty of the compliant and highly secure user-based PKI digital signature technology:

"Secured Signing gives candidates the flexibility to complete the online registration pack and sign from anywhere, at any time...for Manpower, this creates a competitive advantage within the industry. Manpower Group

“We have a more streamlined sales force now, using cutting-edge tools and technology.” Digital Mobile

“Cost and time saving is literally immeasurable, and has paved the way for us to move wholly into a paperless office.” Yarra Ranges Council

And as Ayn Rand once said: “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.   


General

5 October, 2013 

In late 2012, The Financial Review, Business Intelligence, and TenderLink conducted a joint Australasia procurement survey of 300 procurement professionals from a variety of industries. The results revealed different key issues that included

Procurement Contract Signing

  • discrepancy between best practices and management expectations,
  • ineffective available tools and allocated time,
  • procurement staff at varied locations,
  • difficulty managing large contracts and availability of audit trail, and
  • need for transparency and meeting compliance requirements. 

Secured Signing, the user-based PKI digital signature SaaS technology, just released its new Smart-Tag for Procurement apparatus that meets all of the above needs, and provides a revolutionized procurement contract signing procedure.

Secured Signing’s designated Smart-Tag can now be integrated into the procurement document creation process of any procurement department, in any industry, and will function well within a CRM system, PDF, or MS Word document. It allows the secure and prompt circulation of any number of procurement documents that require approval by members who are positioned anywhere, at anytime, by any device.

Furthermore, the legally binding, innovative solution supplies a full record of information (signatory’s full name, e-mail address, signature type [initials or full], and sequential order of signers), creates automatic reports of document status and online signing progress, and delivers a complete and accurate audit trail.

Among the main recommendations for best practice by the Australasia procurement review were the use of correct tools, and investment in the best software solutions to provide the best procurement outcomes.

Well, there is no doubt Secured Signing’s procurement process does just that!

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


General

22 August, 2013

Online Signing

Manpower Group, the multiple-branched global leader in the contingent and permanent recruitment force in Australia and New Zealand, chose the Secured Signing digital signature SaaS solution to implement an advanced paperless recruitment practice and save registration time.

Candidate registration procedures are at the core of any successful recruitment process; so, it was important for us to supply our team and customers with the best tool to ensure the gathering of complete information in a short period of time,” said Michael Cuzic, Director and CFO at Manpower Group. “Secured Signing gives candidates the flexibility to complete the online registration pack and sign from anywhere, at any time; this in turn, provides our consultants with advanced accurate information that leaves more time for in-depth interviews and assessments, and for Manpower, creates a competitive advantage within the industry.”

To achieve the above, the Secured Signing team transformed Manpower’s paper-based registration documents into an online branded forms and signing process. The consultant sends an e-mail invitation with a link to the candidate along a set time for completion, and the service provides any required reminders. The consultant, meanwhile, is able to view, oversee, and manage the online signing progress reports in real time.

Simon Withers recently wrote in the Guardian about the meaningful role of cloud (SaaS) transformation, concluding precisely with a statement of its significance: “You don’t need to be a business or technology expert to see that cloud computing is having a profound effect on some of our working practices. It’s hard to overestimate the significance of this culture change: just as businesses needed to evolve by the introduction of the PC or the Internet, the cloud represents another decade-defining shift of evolution...businesses are no longer asking “why cloud?” but “how do I get there?”

“It’s a pivotal era for IT and one where the most creative and innovative organisations, rather than their conservative counterparts, are going to thrive and emerge from this period of austerity stronger than ever.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


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