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May 3, 2016

In my opinion, eSignatures are easily the most innovative, efficient and cost-effective method of digitally signing online documents – everything from PDFs through to Word files. The wonder of these digital signature solutions is that they can attest to the validity and authenticity of both online and offline forms across industries that include the insurance, real estate, education, and local government sectors, as well as many others. A SaaS platform enables number of parties to sign legally binding digital papers such as application forms and corporate invitations in a mere matter of seconds: this significantly cuts down on 'administrative busywork' – something I'm sure no-one enjoys doing.

By using the latest in PKI technology, eSignatures offer users secure and easy-to-use solutions that digitally link a signatory to their signature. This guarantees total accountability for every document signed. Specialised cryptographic processing accurately detects any changes made to a signed document, effectively maintaining its data integrity. The beauty is: documents and their digital signatures can be authenticated and signed through online cloud-based services from a home or office computer.

This proves especially useful when it comes to working with the highly sensitive material of finance and legal firms. Through the use of secure and traceable encoding, the signing of extensive online documents by multiple parties is efficiently streamlined into a simple, almost instantaneous process. This advanced technology effectively boosts a business's administrative functioning by cutting down the number of clerical errors and reducing the amount of time spent on notarising vast stacks of work – not to mention serving as an eco-friendly way of quickly signing papers from anywhere in the world. As well as allowing users to sign numerous, verified forms in seconds – be it a loan application, leasing agreement, or follow-up transaction – eSignatures also make it easy to manage a traceable yet paperless archive for stress-free auditing. Ultimately, the benefits of using digital signature solutions are exhaustive – who wouldn't choose increased productivity over ineffectual labour?

Til next time!

Cheers

John


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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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7 May 2014

Albert Einstein once said: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  

The above is as true and applicable today as it was in the past; it applies in our private life and business environment, and especially regarding the usage dynamics of technology. Would you consider going to the nearest store to look for today’s newspaper if you want to be updated with the latest news? Or, would sending a letter be your first idea for regular communication with your customers or business partners?!

The Pew Research Centre recently released a chart showing ‘The Ever Accelerating Rate of Technology Adoption’ (March, 2014). In addition to its interesting results, the report was further extended to experts’ predictions on the future of the digital world by 2025 which they describe as “a global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment”

The selection and adoption of new technologies is usually followed by a diffusion stage in which the technology spreads to general use and integration. The endorsement of government agencies often signals a broader recognition and acceptance. The IRS, the USA government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law operation, recently issued a new set of conditions and requirements regarding the enforcement of electronic signing for Individual Income Tax Returns (March, 2014), while the USA Federal Housing Administration (FHA) last month announced the acceptance (effective immediately) of electronic signatures on mortgage-related documents (April, 2014). These are prime examples of what we are currently experiencing with the increasing approval and implementation of our digital signature solutions.   

As Australasia’s leading online service provider for customised eForm and Personalised X509 PKI digital signatures, the Secured Signing team sees daily growth in the number of organisations and businesses (of all sizes) who wish to utilise a secure, compliant, competitive, and easy to adapt Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

The electronic completion of documents and online signing boosts their efficiency and productivity, enhances cost reductions, offers flexibility of location and time zone, eliminates any software hassles, and promotes a greener paperless environment.

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

24 October, 2013

Paperless Office

AIIM, the global Association for Information and Image Management, conducted a research program ‘Winning the Paper Wars’ in July, 2013. While results showed adoption is still slow, 74 percent of respondents stated they have campaigns in progress that involved paper-free business processes following the increased use of mobile technologies and electronic documents’ advantages with compliance and audit regulations. In addition, the report confirmed “companies that adopted paper-free business processes benefit by reducing costs, improving customer service, and raising worker productivity.”

And what about the ROI? “As with any business process or technology, return-on-investment is a key adoption driver. Per the results of the survey, two-thirds of those adopting paper-free processes report a payback within 18 months and 50 percent see payback in a 12-month period.”

Secured Signing, the Australasia market leader in eSignature and eForm SaaS solutions, reflects the above with its unprecedented growth and involvement in many of the region’s business electronic journey implementations. Regardless of size or type of industry, the PKI digital signature service enables the prompt, efficient, secure, and compliant fill-in and online signing of electronic documents from anywhere, at anytime. Besides reducing paper consumption, Secured Signing enhances easier data collection, process monitoring, archiving, and retrieval of electronic information. With Its current countless features and ongoing new technological developments, the paperless office is now within reach!

As Gartner’s 2013 CIO’s survey concluded in its latest report’s subtitle: “Survey highlights the need for CIOs to set aside old rules and adopt new tools.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


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