October 25, 2012
We can say it all we like, but it’s nice when the data backs us up. A global survey of information workers by research firm IDC has found that information workers are spending a lot of time juggling documents. The worse news, though, is how that time translates into lost productivity. (And we all know lost productivity hits the bottom line eventually.)
In the IDC white paper, sponsored by Adobe, “Bridging the Information Worker Productivity Gap: New Challenges and Opportunities for IT” (September 2012), IDC surveyed 1,200 information and IT workers around the world. Check out these juicy tidbits they gleaned from respondents:
- Information workers spend 6.6 hours — nearly a full day — every week obtaining document signatures and approvals.
- 1/4 of the time that information workers spend dealing with documents is spent working with paper.
- They waste nearly 2 hours each week unravelling version control problems created by awkward routing, review, approval, or signature processes.
- 35% of respondents said that getting signatures on a document is one of their biggest time drains.
If those stats don’t quite drive the point home, consider this one: IDC estimates the cost of all this wasted time to be $19,732 per information worker per year.
It’s no surprise that we think EchoSign’s on is the best way to fight that productivity problem. But don’t believe us — believe our customers!
October 19, 2012
We’re keeping some pretty good company on this list of 20 must-have tools for small businesses on Forbes.com, where EchoSign comes in at no. 2. The writer focuses on the way EchoSign can save dough for small businesses that don’t want to invest in all of the “stuff” required in the traditional signing process:
“Instead of throwing away hundreds of dollars on paper, printer ink, and a scanner, electronic signatures saves you time, money, and work, all while creating an effort to improve our ecosystem.”
Those are big pluses indeed, especially for small organizations that run lean. We’d also like to point out that some of the biggest gains are actually in productivity, which creates value for the business. (And makes workers a lot happier, we might add. Who wants to be a paper pusher?)
October 2, 2012
We’re very excited to announce a major milestone! Adobe EchoSign has been integrated with the newest version of the industry standard for PDF — Adobe Acrobat XI.
Together, Adobe EchoSign and Acrobat XI deliver a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges for creating, consuming, sharing and securing PDF content across devices and platforms. Now customers of the industry standard for PDF will have the opportunity to expedite document and Web contract approvals from weeks to hours with the sophisticated web contracting and electronic signature service from EchoSign.
Acrobat XI and EchoSign have already gotten high marks from customers that were in our beta program:
Bill Lunsford of BBDO Atlanta likes the speed and efficiency he gets with the integrated services, especially Adobe EchoSign. “The new EchoSign features within Adobe Acrobat XI will streamline everyday tasks. These days, no one is going to stand at a fax machine to wait for approvals. Being able to electronically sign a PDF on cost estimates for a project will accelerate go-to-market schedules.”
Regarding accelerating document exchange, Saul Morse, vice president of multichannel integration, Palio, said, “Acrobat XI now makes it even easier and faster to create PDF forms and to automatically distribute and collect information with new online forms services available within Acrobat XI.”
Click here for the complete low down on Acrobat XI from Kevin M. Lynch’s blog post and click here to see the Acrobat XI press release.