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15 September, 2015

Do you still have your very first email address? From memory my first email address came with dial up internet access from a service provider called PowerUp. That company has long since ceased operations. It is a fact of life that companies come and go. 

Nowhere is this more true than in the rapidly changing landscape of information technology and the internet in particular.  If youre old enough, you may remember chatting with friends on ICQ and sending them a link to a great new website you found on Alta Vista which they could browse in Netscape Navigator on their Gateway PC.

When you sign up for any online service, understanding where you will be left if they arent around any more is important. One of the things I love about Secured Signing is that we give you complete independence in e-Signing. 

Every document you sign with Secured Signing comes back to you with personal, standards based, PKI digital signatures.  Everything you need to verify those signatures next week, next year, next decade is contained within the document. You dont even need to be online to verify the signatures. Just start up any PDF reader that supports the digital signature standard and you can check the document has not been tampered with and verify the identity of the signers.

Not all electronic signatures give you this degree of independence.  Some e-signature services rely on keeping a copy of your document to be able to prove the validity of the signature. They may also use proprietary methods in their signatures that are supported only by their software. Clearly this creates a high degree of dependence on that company and their service to prove the reliability of your signed documents. Having a copy of your document retained permanently on a system you dont control may also have implications in terms of privacy legislation.

An independent e-signature service that uses public standards means you can be confident in proving the integrity of your signed electronic documents in the long term. It also means you arent locked in to continuing to use a specific service.

Signing documents online is so much quicker and easier and saves you time and money. Just make sure the service you choose offers you the independence you deserve!

Till next time

Cheers, John.


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1 July 2014

In a recent interview (June, 2014), Dave Aron, Gartner’s Vice President has commented on Gartner’s 2014 global CIO survey “Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda”, that explored current issues faced by IT leaders.

According to the report, matters on hand are actually different between countries, and even regions: “The ways businesses and public sector agencies use information and digital technologies are getting more entwined with their economic, regulatory, and competitive contexts, as well as with the state of their business and digital maturity. This is a function of every aspect of every business becoming digital – every process, every employee, every business leader, every customer, every interaction, every moment. Just as our businesses are unique, our digital footprints are becoming all the more unique.”

The worldwide survey was conducted at the end of 2013 and included 2,339 CIOs in 77 countries, with more than $300 billion in CIO IT budgets. Asked about significant changes from 2014 onward, 70% of CIOs reported their intention to change their technology, 25% declared they’d already made substantial investment in public cloud, and the majority of them forecast more than half of their companys’ businesses will be operated in the public cloud by 2020.    

Secured Signing, Australasia’s leading provider of PKI Digital Signature technology for secure fill-in and eSigning of documents, provides an excellent example of the above with its innovative offering of the eSign Kiosk that was developed to meet the unique requirements of our ever-valued customers. The eSign Kiosk grants businesses that use Secured Signing’s eForm and eSigning workflow the ability to share their electronic processes with their walk-in customers.

The new feature enables the business representative to log-in at the workstation and invite a walk-in customer to fill-in and promptly sign online the required electronic forms which are then counter signed by the rep who declares the identity of the walk-in customer has been checked. This latest technological development enables financial services, HR and recruitment companies, and any sales organisation the ability to approach customers in varied environments while enjoying the advantage of a highly secured Personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology that meets their specific business needs.            

In order to maximise the latter, we should always remember Bill Gates’ words: “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”  

Till next time,

Cheers, John. 


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