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:
- 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.”
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24 October, 2013
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.”
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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
- 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!
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12 September, 2013
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.
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22 August, 2013
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,