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12 September, 2013

Customers Join Prestigious Cloud

Presenting at 2013 RCSA International Conference in Queensland, Australia last month, provided an exciting opportunity to see how the widespread shift to cloud computing technology didn’t skip the recruitment and HR industry.   

The vast interest and response to Secured Signing’s compliant and secure user-based PKI digital signature cloud platform highlighted the industry’s indicative need for an efficient and timely full electronic registration process. Case studies of leading employment agencies that have already adopted the Secured Signing’s eForm and eSignature innovative system showcased the powerful benefits to businesses that are looking for complete and accurate electronic information, reliable online signing, significant cost reductions, heightened productivity, and flawless streamlined processes.  

RightScale’s 2013 State of the Cloud survey results reinforce the above phenomena:

“In our 2013 State of the Cloud survey, we were able to gather meaningful insights as to how anorganisation’s level of cloud maturity impacts both the benefits they are able to realise and the challenges they perceive,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale.

“The results reveal a clear cloud value imperative: more cloud adoption unlocks more cloud value...the data shows that investments in cloud adoption will continue to drive increased value for their businesses.” 

Addressing Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit on July 15th, Bill Gates Co-founder and chairman concluded it best: “I think it’s fair to say that we’re in a golden age of computer science.”

And no one wants to be left out.

Till next time,

Cheers, John 


1 July, 2013

winning eSign solution

Our business world is comprised of Enterprise and Small to Medium Businesses (SMB’s) that are unable to avoid the technological changes that became common best practice. These changes include the adoption of digital signature SaaS (Cloud based) solutions. As a leading service provider for customised electronic fill-in and online signing of documents, we are often asked the about suitability and benefits to either of these type businesses:

For Enterprise – A recent publication by Ombud Open Research (27 June 2013) states that “Adoption of eSignature solutions has empowered visionary enterprises to lead their industries by streamlining entire business workflow into end-to-end digital processes. Companies who are interested in eSignature solutions to replace slow, complicated, manual processes are driving efficiency, reducing costs and improving the overall customer experience”.

According to their findings, enterprises that used the eSignature solution saw an 80% average reduction in turnaround time, $20 dollars average savings per document, and a fast rate of customers' acceptance in the first two weeks, 90% of US Bank customers adopted the use of eSignatures for account opening. 

In Yarra Ranges Council (Secured Signing’s customer) Procurement Officer’s words: “Timeframes for signature of Evaluation Reports and Contracts have reduced from 1-2 weeks into a matter of an afternoon. Cost and time saving is literally immeasurable, and has paved the way for us to move wholly into a paperless office.”

For SMBs – Microsoft’s latest study (Barry Levine, 14 June 2013) regarding overall SMB's Cloud implementation and perception revealed that 70% had saved money and time, and in turn, allowed them to invest back in other business areas, with 94% of participants reporting they now have security benefits they didn't have before. 

Secured Signing enables us to finalise deals and to sign contracts with our worldwide customers within minutes. Our ability to efficiently close those deals results in a positive response from our clients and therefore increased sales.”  John Kavanagh, Director, ASC Migration Pty Ltd.   

Ian Grayson’s latest statement (25 June) in The Australian sums it up perfectly: “SaaS is rapidly becoming the new normal.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


4 May, 2012

A recent article (22 April, 2012) by Brandon Bailey discussed the 2011 performance of businesses in Silicon Valley. Not surprisingly, Apple led the 150 large companies with $128 billion in annual sales, and astonishingly, nearly $33 billion profit. However, the picture across the board revealed mixed results, particularly when compared to 2010 figures. Slow financial recovery in the US, economic chaos in Europe, and Asia’s natural disasters, are all legitimate contributors according to Bailey. Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions that mainly come from “related trends- such as the explosive growth of social networking, cloud computing, and big data.”    

Any conclusion? While keeping in mind the ever-changing scenario of technological trends, it is obviously best to be on the side of current proven winning technology, whether as a manufacturer, consumer, or user. A recent KPMG report on the impact of cloud computing in Australia states: “it is clear from KPMG’s analysis that, should Australian organisations adopt cloud platforms as expected across their ICT requirements – as more mature markets such as the US suggest is likely – then the benefits at both the enterprise and aggregate economy level could be substantial.”  It continues to say:  “These include lowering ICT operation and capital expenditure by up to 25 percent and 50 percent respectively.” (The Australian, 2 May, 2012)

Whilst a conservative approach for handling budget and expenses would always require a careful review (of both), and a ‘stick to budget’ attitude, the ‘upgrade your technology’ rule should never be neglected, especially in the current business environment. Secured Signing’s digital signature cloud-based solution is no exception; businesses that choose to sign documents online with the Secured Signing service eliminate the printing, scanning, document storage, delivery, and handling of paper all together. Implementing eSignature service saves time, cuts operational and processing costs, expedites the entire business workflow, and frees up staff, budget, and other resources for their core business.

Sophie Beers, Yarra Ranges Council’s Procurement Officer concluded her exceptionally positive experience with the advanced electronic signature solution: “Time frames for signature on Evaluation Reports and Contracts have reduced from 1-2 weeks to a matter of an afternoon. Cost and time saving is literally immeasurable, and has paved the way for us to move wholly into paperless office.” 

I rest my case.

Till next time,

Cheers, John. 


27 January, 2012

Receiving my daily online newsletters (yes, in plural) always carries a feeling of excitement mixed with curiosity and anticipation. Very rarely am I disappointed; however, today’s blog is not about praising these publications or encouraging others to join me in this somewhat addictive practice, it’s about their actual subject matter. Since the end of last year, I and my fellow readers are increasingly ‘bombarded’ with news / developments / predictions about Cloud Computing-related issues, and there are very good reasons for that.

According to a latest independent research by Vanson Bourne in the UK (Nov 2011, for BT Engage IT), 70% of 100 CIO’s of enterprises (with 1000+ employees) surveyed said Cloud Computing had a major positive impact on their business in 2011.  John Thornhill, CEO at BT Engage IT, defined the findings perfectly: “the industry has been talking about them for a number of years – and they’ve become business, rather than just technology terms.”

The implementation of signing documents in the Cloud firmly reflects the impact of technology’s promise and affects markets in different industries. The Digital Signature cloud service delivers tangible results for businesses with shrinking budgets in IT departments; it saves capital expenditure, expedites business processes, boosts productivity and efficiency, and improves customer service. It also provides protection against fraud and eliminates the common cloud security concerns with its user-based PKI digital signature technology.

And the cherry on top? It complies with e-signature laws worldwide (ESIGN, UETA, UECA, and ETA in Australia, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, China, and many more), and is valid and legally enforceable as an equivalent to a signed paper contract.

Till next time,

Cheers, John 


September 2, 2011

You will rightly ask if I’m sure about the connection shown above. Well, I couldn’t be more certain, and you will be as well (plus maybe thankful) when you finish reading this week’s blog.

“The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want’?” (Sigmund Freud, Ernest Jones’ Sigmund Freud: Life and Work)

Digital Signature

A lot has been written, spoken, and sung about what women want since Freud’s era. And he’s not the only one who has been unsure about this fundamental question. Half the human race isn’t sure.

I dare to say that the key lies with the qualities of digital signatures. How? Here may be the much desired answer:

Proof of identity – Women want to feel safe and trust the person they are sharing their time / life with. They want to know that ‘what they see – is what they get’ without any unexpected/ undisclosed surprises (lover, child, gambling habit, diseases, etc.).

In a similar way, the user-based PKI digital signature solution creates an exclusive digital certificate for the signatory using a cryptographic key that eliminates the possibility to change or duplicate a signature. Every signature is uniquely linked to the signatory and document by using the signatory’s Private Key.

Data integrity – Women want to know you are truthful with what you say (not just trying to please them) and the way you behave (when you are alone or next to your mother). They are very sensitive to any nuance and change in voice or use of words.

A user-based digital signature ensures non-forgeable signatures. The signed document is sealed with the signatory’s trusted PKI key, and any changes made to the document or signatures are detectable.

Affirmative intent – Women want you to be transparent about your intent in the relationship (even when it’s not exactly ‘good news’). Don’t deceive. Be genuine, think for the long-term, and you will be very much appreciated.         

A user-based PKI digital signature adequately indicates the signatory’s sole custody and approval of the information to which the signature relates. The encrypted electronic signature authenticates signatures and documents as genuine, and therefore, makes the signing of documents online secure, efficient, and fast.            

My conclusion? The above information provides the recipient (whether it is a woman or a Secured Signing PKI digital signature service user) with the important assurance they are dealing with a trusted, reliable, and verified Real Thing!

Till next time,

Cheers, John