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May 23, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Salesforce1 Tour: London Recap

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The EchoSign team took the Salesforce1 World Tour event in London by storm. From countless product demos, to in-depth business discussions and informative keynote speakers and breakout sessions, the Salesforce1 Tour event in London did not disappoint! We met with many business professionals, walked through numerous Salesforce1 mobile ready demos, and attended informative breakout sessions to help get more people hooked on the power and impact that e-signatures and EchoSign can have on your business. We proved once again that we really do make it easy to send, sign and track your deals from anywhere.

As one of select few Salesforce1 mobile ready app partners, it was great showing people the ropes of how the latest EchoSign technology integrates with the powerful and flexible Salesforce1 mobile platform. Event attendees were  excited to learn how EchoSign, along with the Salesforce1 mobile app, can help them close deals, service customers and deliver 1:1 marketing campaigns from anywhere, anytime.

At the breakout sessions, speakers demonstrated how easy it is to sign anywhere, anytime with EchoSign’s document management mobile app. Now, customers can streamline business processes and automate and customize document management to keep their business moving forward no matter where your business takes you.

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The EchoSign team kicked back in the Quote-to-Cash Green Zone with partners Apttus, bluewolf, Jitterbit, Xactly and The Tas Group. Free sandwiches and tea were provided by Apttus so that attendees could refresh and recharge in the Green Zone while mingling with business partners and networking. In between sessions, our team took full advantage of recharging and re-fueling for the next round of meetings, demos and speakers.

Salesforce Obsessions Party

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You can’t have a great sales event without a closing party, are we right?! The Salesforce1 Tour wrap-up party in London was no exception! We ‘rocked til dawn’ at Café de Paris with the rest of the conference attendees and learned to party London-style. The Salesforce Obsessions party, thrown by Xactly and New Voice Media, had a fully stocked bar and great live entertainment making for the perfect end to a very successful event.

Until next time, London, Cheerio!

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May 20, 2014

Adobe on Adobe: How EchoSign reduced our procurement contract completion cycle by 73%

 

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As companies continue to evolve and look for ways to conduct business more efficiently, many procurement heads, business managers and finance departments are looking for ways to speed up document approvals, digitize processes that work for a multitude of vendors and ultimately reduce the lag time (and headaches) that are attached to paper. Our own Procurement team put EchoSign to the test to see how the adoption of e‐signatures and digital document workflows could actually help Adobe streamline processes and keep business moving with our global partners and customers.

Let’s Talk Numbers

Adobe Procurement works with a contract average of almost 1,500 contracts/quarter. The majority of those are in North America, but some also support international offices. Additionally, 85% of the non-revenue generating contracts within the overall company are handled by Adobe Procurement. Adobe had a contract management system in place, but parts of the process were still manual and paper-based, specifically the old “requirement” for a wet signature process for executing contracts. We weren’t alone, in fact, this situation is a very common one. A 2013 survey found that 98% of US companies still use paper in their contracting process. This is in spite of the fact that two‐thirds of respondents agree that paper is less secure and 70% of those surveyed agree that there are material efficiency gains.

Let’s Talk Results

At Adobe, this has all changed for the better. Our Procurement team removed the roadblocks slowing down business and as a result became more agile and responsive to the business overall. Contract completion cycle was reduced by 73%: going from 2‐3 weeks to 1‐2 days. Currently, 79% of contracts are completed in 7 days or less. Additionally, there was a 70% increase in contract completion and the Procurement department’s paper and supplies costs were cut down by 80%.

With more than 3‐million contracts e‐signed on a monthly basis across sales, HR, Procurement, health, education, legal and government, Adobe EchoSign knows a thing or two about what customers are looking for in an e‐signature service. Get contracts, documents and orders signed in a fraction of the time from anywhere and see your document through every step of the process with the detailed EchoSign audit feature.

Say goodbye to managing the influx of scans, faxes and printouts by bringing on EchoSign to work with your existing business applications. It’s time to start to show‐off your numbers by minimizing paperwork and using that time to focus on growing your numbers with your clients and partners.

Read more about how EchoSign helped Adobe’s Procurement team to streamline and be more productive with this case study. Plus, check out what EchoSign can do for your Procurement team with this informational video.

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May 9, 2014

Adobe EchoSign’s new release puts e-signatures in the hands of over 1 billion users

LATEST blog picAdobe extends its leadership in digital documents by making the Adobe EchoSign electronic signature service readily available to the one billion business professionals who use Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft SharePoint 2013. The May release also introduces a streamlined user experience and industry-leading support for customized business workflows. Combined, these enhancements make it possible for more organizations to finish business faster and speed time to revenue. Today, Adobe EchoSign customers achieve an average of 85% reduction in contract signing times.

Since the December 2013 release, the Adobe EchoSign team has been focused on designing a superior e-signature experience that integrates seamlessly with business users’ preferred applications–and today’s release is the result. Now, Adobe EchoSign is instantly accessible within the most commonly used desktop and cloud-based document applications, making it easier than ever to integrate electronic signatures into business processes across Sales, HR, Legal, and Operations. Other key highlights of the May release include:

  • A new, streamlined user experience. The Adobe EchoSign May release introduces a simplified interface that’s quick and easy to navigate –for senders and signers alike. Plus, the new design ensures a consistent experience across devices, browsers, and screen resolutions.
  • Support for creating custom business workflows. Adobe EchoSign is the industry-leading e-signature platform that helps customers build and customize signing workflows uniquely tailored to suit individual business processes. Once built, these workflows can be published and used throughout the organization –helping improve compliance, minimize errors, and reduce costly rework during signing processes.
  • Flexible identity verification. Using two-factor authentication, senders can rest assured that the people they want to sign documents are the ones who actually do. This is easily setup by choosing from several identity verification methods such as password, knowledge-based authentication, or social identity.
  • Faster, easier administrative setup, user management, and permissions. Administrators can easily scale EchoSign within their organizations by creating, updating, and managing users in bulk, as well as controlling signing privileges within an account.
  • Expanded APIs. Underscoring its commitment to a standard and open platform for electronic signatures, Adobe continues to make more of Adobe EchoSign’s functionality accessible through APIs. Adobe EchoSign supports a comprehensive set of SOAP and REST-based APIs allowing developers to use their favorite tools and programming models of choice to build integrations into Adobe EchoSign.

Customers using Adobe EchoSign today include Citrix, Groupon, Foursquare, Foxtons, KIA, NEC Financial Services, NetApp, Rackspace, Ricoh, Shred-It, and more than 25% of the Fortune 100. Globally, more than 34 million users across 170 countries have already used Adobe EchoSign. This new release expands e-Signing to more than one billion users, helping organizations accelerate business processes, reach revenue faster, and meet corporate goals more efficiently.

“We trust Adobe for our e-signature needs across a range of critical business processes,” said Odus Wittenburg, senior vice president, Rackspace Americas. “Adobe EchoSign has literally saved us thousands of hours already. The advanced workflows and enterprise-strength e-Signature capabilities in the new release will help us further streamline critical business processes.”

If you haven’t used EchoSign yet, this is a great time to try it.  We invite you to sign up for a free trial now.

If you’re already an EchoSign customer, view the May release customer webinar to learn more about all of the new features.

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May 5, 2014

Streamlined contracting enhances productivity

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Sharing information about technological developments is vital to closing sales, but also requires companies like NetApp to protect their interests and intellectual property with nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). With Adobe EchoSign, NetApp has automated productivity and document security by creating NDA templates e-signatures that can be signed from any desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

“Because people can sign documents anywhere with Adobe EchoSign, we can meet deadlines that would have been impossible with paper versions,” says Connie Brenton, director of operations and chief of staff in the legal department at NetApp. “By giving sales representatives self-service access to pre-approved NDAs through Adobe EchoSign, agreements are completed and processed significantly faster.”

NetApp can complete NDAs three times faster in Adobe EchoSign than the old paper-based process. Plus, total contract turnaround time has been slashed from 19 days to five days. Read more here.

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May 1, 2014

Approved in Minutes

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There’s no more waiting for credit cards because of traditional mail or faxes at Card Assets, a division of First Arkansas Band and Trust. The company replaced its inefficient, error-prone paper-based credit application process with an automated system that uses Adobe EchoSign for electronic signatures. Customers can easily apply online or via mobile device, which helps save time and eliminate chances for manual errors.

“With paper-based applications, it could take 24 hours or more to receive approval,” says Karl Adamson, project manager for Card Assets. “Using Adobe EchoSign, applicants can be approved in as little as 10 minutes, which helps us get cards in customers’ hands much faster.” Read more here.

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