17 December, 2013
At this time of year, we are busy examining last year’s events and achievements, while engaging in predictions and plans for the coming one. Whether it’s our personal life or work journey, and whether we aware of it or not, no one escapes this inevitable meaningful process.
On December 3rd, Forbes released IDC’s Top Ten Technology Predictions for 2014. The one that definitely stole the title of the list was about the spending on Cloud Computing in 2014, which is predicted to reach the $100b mark!
The research firm explains this colossal figure with the inclusion of cloud infrastructure, software, and payment for service. Furthermore, their results envisage a dramatic increase in services’ specialised areas, raise of data centres’ numbers, and a battle for cloud developers that will enhance this inevitable growth.
So, where do we fit in the above picture, and what does our soul searching reveal? Well, in 2013 Secured Signing’s customer base expanded remarkably with new users of our innovative Pay As You Go plan, from companies who required our customised concepts or businesses, and organisations that chose to use Secured Signing’s compliant and comprehensive digital signature and eForm solution as is.
Growing involvement with a variety of industries throughout this year revealed a significant transformation from paper-based business processes to electronic ones. Besides a search for improved efficiency, reduction in operational and processing costs, easy implementation, and other obvious advantages, the customers’ decision to adopt our Cloud service is primarily due to Secured Signing’s high and unique level of security offered: the User’s Encrypted Personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature Certificate that seals and protects your electronic document and automatically detects and notifies of any changes.
And as for 2014 plans? An exciting new website, incredible new cutting-edge features, and of course, our continuing renowned professional customer service.
I would like to finish this year’s blog with a sincere Thank You for your continued support, engaging comments, and ongoing contribution.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Great Festive Season, and a Healthy, Happy New Year!
Till next time,
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.”
Till next time,
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.”
Till next time,
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!
Till next time,
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.
Till next time,