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March 7, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 3 recap

conv blog 3 2Microsoft Convergence culminates on day 3 with FUN! FUN! And more FUN!

The Adobe EchoSign team finished strong at #CONV14. We had so many solid conversations about the benefits of e-signatures and the real use cases around digital document and contract management. Attendees were eager to learn about recent strides in the category (legality, compliance, international adoption), as well as the steps for adoption among their own customers. Three days full of insightful tips of the trade and  one-on-one demos of what Adobe EchoSign brings to the table? Sounds FUN to us!

Speaking of FUN, the closing day and show, featuring @OurNameisFUN, was truly #FUNtastic. The Adobe EchoSign team, among thousands of others, rocked out to an interactive and beat-thumping set list from the band! What a great way to wrap a week of Microsoft Convergence! A few highlights we can’t forget:

1)    Adobe EchoSign announced new plug-and-play integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM that accelerates the quote to cash process and all without leaving your CRM. Learn more here!conv blog 3 4

2)    People traveled from as far as New Zealand to learn about EchoSign at #CONV14! During our session on Wednesday March 5, “Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: Changing the game for your company, customers and partners,” we did a quick intro and learned of the eagerness of several customers from outside of North America to adopt e-signatures and roll the service out to their customers. The live demo by the EchoSign product team using the new plug-and-play integration solution showed them how easy that can actually be!

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3)    @MSFTDynamics is extremely social on Twitter! We saw and participated in lots of solid conversations around the trends discussed and explored at #CONV14, and they gave several shout-outs to the @EchoSign team as well.

4)    People like to hear about a deal, and the EchoSign team delivered! During the show we announced a 20% promo kicking off March 4. More on that here!

5)    The Microsoft community of customers and partners knows how to have FUN! We had a great time at the show last night and throughout the entire week. conv blog 3 3

Kudos to Microsoft Dynamics for putting on a great experience for all attendees and big props to the city of Atlanta – southern hospitality at its finest! See you next year when we e-sign to participate again!

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March 6, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 2 recap

The notion that Microsoft Convergence is “where opportunity and innovation meet” held very true for the Adobe EchoSign team on Day 2! In addition to attending several customer-success driven sessions, we also hosted our own at #CONV14. day2 blog

Your customers are on the web and mobile, putting pressure on you and your own business to move faster and become more nimble. But, when a contract needs to get signed (print, sign, scan, fax, overnight, sign, fax, overnight back?), all of your work and timely efforts can come to a grinding halt! This is why our Adobe EchoSign product and sales specialists came together to open the dialogue on how cloud-based contracting with e-signatures is a game changer for anyone’s business, impacting the turnaround time for quote to cash process. The session also covered the opportunities that arise when customers (and their customers) adopt e-signatures including: saved resources, time, money and the additional ability to monitor and track (in real time) the visibility of the entire contract or sales process tied to EchoSign contracts or documents deployed  from within your own Microsoft Dynamics CRM thanks to the EchoSign integration. Our plug-and-play solution seamlessly integrates to allow any CRM user to use EchoSign functionality and audit reporting, starting with one click, while never leaving your system.

day 2 blog 2The collaborative session from product and sales benefited the session attendees as they were provided live demos of the EchoSign integration, in which a real business scenario was established and the room of attendees were taken through the creation, deployment and tracking of a contract through Microsoft Dynamics CRM. As questions peppered the presenters, the team was able to provide solid insights on usage, legal compliance of e-signatures, case uses from each industry represented in the room and more details on the current promotion: a 20% discount that runs now through June 30, 2014. The presenters also discussed the power of who has EchoSign’s back! For example, backed by Adobe, the trusted provider across a broad portfolio of document exchange solutions, EchoSign has already experienced tremendous adoption running parallel with the e-signature category potential growth of 10-15% penetration in North America alone.

Out on the #CONV14 floor, the Adobe EchoSign team provided hundreds of live demos to showcase the new integration solutions. The social team was buzzing around and creating online discussions around the trending topics coming out of #CONV14.

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March 5, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta – Day 1 recap

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Wow, Day 1 already here and gone and Day 2 is off to a wonderful start for the Adobe EchoSign team here at Microsoft Convergence 2014. It may have been partly influenced by it being Fat Tuesday but there was a definite, undeniable celebratory vibe throughout #CONV14. All the hard work, planning, training and product updates finally culminating into the first day of what is expected to be a very insightful #CONV14.

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We wanted to share a few highlights from the kick-off of Convergence yesterday.

Adobe EchoSign, a Gold sponsor, is onsite as part of the Convergence experience to show folks our brand new integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. As the only Microsoft-certified e-signature solution, we are giving demos of the easy plug-and-play app that helps accelerate the quote-to-cash process to just one click. Throughout Tuesday, we were able to demonstrate the ability to stay within your Dynamics UI to send contracts and digitize documents for e-signature. One area that many of the attendees were most excited to learn about the new integration was the ability to “Sign Anywhere” from any device as well as the functionality to be able to keep track of all contracts in real-time. Users are finding great value in the ability to use EchoSign to pull an audit trail of each contract or digital document to capture each step of the contract’s history to better understand the process and optimize it for better, more friction-free business. Oh the possibilities!

We are also all about “Caffeine networking” at our booth. Our onsite gourmet coffee barista poured hundreds of cups of hot joe throughout the day and is ready to keep you energized for the rest of the week.

Today, Wednesday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m., we will be in room B201 for a much-anticipated session on “Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: Changing the Game for Your Company, Customers, and Partners.” Don’t get caught up with “Signature roadblocks” that can hinder the pace of your business. Join us for a vibrant discussion and real numbers on how esignatures can change your business.

Rock on!

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March 3, 2014

Adobe EchoSign Announces Completely New Integration with Microsoft Dynamics 2013 and Major Presence at Convergence 2014

What makes your business dynamic?  In today’s lightning-fast business environment, it’s a critical question to consider. And while finding the time to pause from the “now” isn’t always easy, it’s the forward-thinking businesses that remain a step ahead of the competition.  In a few short days, like-minded professionals from across the globe will meet at Microsoft Dynamics’ Convergence 2014 in search of smarter business solutions, cutting-edge innovations and the opportunity to build a powerful roster of connections, to ultimately deliver more impactful customer experiences.

As the only certified web-contracting solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Adobe EchoSign is excited to have a major presence at Convergence 2014. We are leading a session on closing deals faster using electronic signatures and seamless integrations with Microsoft Dynamics as well as exciting demos and yes, there will be plenty of prizes given out. Come and stop by the Adobe EchoSign Booth #715 and meet the team.  Besides experiencing a week jam-packed with networking, idea exchange and fun social events, here’s what we have on tap:

Brand New Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013:

What place better than Convergence to announce Adobe EchoSign’s latest plug-and-play integration into Microsoft Dynamics 2013.  As the only Microsoft-certified e-signature solution, EchoSign accelerates the quote-to-cash process by allowing you to send and track contracts or sales documents from within Microsoft Dynamics in just one-click.  Microsoft Dynamics 2013 users continue to work completely within that UI and leverage the full capabilities of the easiest and simplest to use e-signature service, EchoSign, right from within the Dynamics UI. Recipients can sign anywhere, on any device, so you can seal any deal quickly and securely.  EchoSign also integrates with Microsoft SharePoint as a document store for Dynamics, supporting signature workflows.   Integrating EchoSign into your Dynamics CRM enables you to:

  • Send documents directly from within Leads, Opportunities, Contacts, and other Microsoft Dynamics entities including custom entitiesPhoto 1
  • Keep track of contracts in real time – know exactly when they’re opened, viewed, and signed
  • Reduce manual entry, errors and rework by automatically merging data from Microsoft Dynamics fields into contracts, and push data from signers back to Dynamics
  • Easily create reusable document templates with simple text tags or drag fields to quickly add form fields and signature blocks
  • Create dynamics documents with Conditional logic and Calculated Fields to ensure that you are collecting the appropriate data during the signature process
  • Create field layer templates that can be reused and applied on common documents
  • Automatically generate and attach invoices or custom reports and send them for signature, and route documents for signature based on your group’s specific processes and requirements
  • Automatically record and store the signed agreements and the audit trail that capture each step in a contract’s history
  • Provide visibility to contracts for the appropriate people within the organization by publishing signature events to the Dynamics Activity Feeds

A Dynamic Session & Chance to Win a Surface:

Join us on Wednesday, March 5th, 12:30 – 1:30pm, in Room B201, for our session,  Photo 2

Closing Deals Faster in the Cloud: changing the game for your company, customers and partners. We will be exploring how a cloud-based eSignature solution removes the “signature road-block” and creates a friction-free process for your customers and a faster time to revenue for your business. We will also be giving away a Surface device to a lucky session attendee. Don’t miss out!

Awesome Product Demos:

Stop by booth #715 to experience first-hand how the integrated solutions from Adobe EchoSign for Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help you and your customers sign anywhere and fast.

Join the CONVersation:

Follow @EchoSign on Twitter, where we’ll be live-tweeting and keeping you up-to-date on the latest at #CONV14. You can also join us on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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February 28, 2014

Adobe EchoSign Adds eSignature to President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative

ConnectEdPicture1By Jon Perera, Vice President of Adobe EchoSign

Today I had the honor of visiting the White House with some Adobe colleagues for the first ever White House Student Film Festival. In addition to screening more than a dozen short films about the role of technology in education, President Obama gave a progress report on his ConnectED initiative, which is focused on raising technology standards for 99 percent of American students within the next five years.

I’m so proud of Adobe’s role in today’s announcement at the White House. All told, we are committing more than $300 million worth of software to ConnectED. This commitment is among the largest from the private sector to date, and it includes Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for creative projects; Presenter and Captivate to amplify e-Learning; and EchoSign electronic signature software to help improve administrative processes across 15,000 U.S. schools!

Many K-12 school districts across the United States are already using Adobe EchoSign today, but a huge amount of school administrative work is still done on paper. Through this effort Adobe hopes to:

•Help schools save money. We know that the cost of paper-centric workflows is very high. Document filing costs are $20 per document. Based on conservative estimates, we can potentially help schools save $250M over the next five years.

•Help digitize the administration of our schools. The days of paper, fax machines, and printing in our schools are over – with Adobe EchoSign, K-12 schools can take a comprehensive look at how the business of school administration is done, and how digital solutions can help enable a more modern approach.

•Help schools make a positive impact on the environment. Over the course of the next five years, our contribution of EchoSign to this initiative alone offers the potential of helping schools save 171 million gallons of water and 14M pounds of landfill typically associated with the cost of using paper. See Adobe’s Green Meter here for more information.

We couldn’t be more excited about ConnectED and its potential for raising technology standards in our nation’s schools. I’m thrilled about the role EchoSign will play in helping modernize school processes, and look forward to kicking this off!

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Adobe Team arrives at The White House for ConnectED Initiative

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Here I am inside The White House preparing for ConnectED big event

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The President Announces ‘Opportunity for All’ thanks to nearly $1B in private donations to the ConnectED Initiative!

 

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February 17, 2014

Enabling faster contract completion

A leading producer of travel media and events, Northstar Travel Media wanted to implement technology that could edited northstar logoimprove sales productivity and customer service by eliminating manual and duplicated processes. Using Adobe EchoSign with Salesforce.com helped the company reduce administrative work by 40 hours per month, as well as speeding up the contracting cycle.

“Since implementing Adobe EchoSign, 70% of media purchase contracts are returned within one day, and of those, one-third are returned in less than an hour,” says Cynthia Wittig, technical product specialist at Northstar Travel Media.

Find more information here.

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IRS Approves Electronic Signature for Key Payroll Form

Based on Publication 1474 published by the IRS on January 4, 2014, it is now legal for any Intuit® payroll customer to sign Form 8655 electronically, thereby eliminating the need to print the form, sign using a pen and then fax back to Intuit.

Publication 1474 allows any reporting agent collecting Form 8655 to do so using electronic signature. The decision to allow the electronic signature was based on the IRS’ experience in working with Intuit and several other payroll providers on individual electronic signature pilot tests. Electronic signature is an easy-to-use functionality which simplifies the process of getting a document signed by guiding the user through a step-by-step process of completing and signing the document. The electronic signatures process is provided in partnership with Adobe EchoSign .

“This was a very long journey for Intuit that began more than four years ago when we first experimented with electronic signature for Intuit Assisted Payroll,” said Matt Gotchy, senior product manager for Intuit Full Service Payroll. “Today, I am ecstatic to report that we now have an electronic signature success rate of 91% – our highest rate ever. In Full Service Payroll, we’ve found that customers who electronically sign their legal documents reach first billing 28% more often.”

“We are very excited to see our collaboration with Intuit for enabling electronic signatures for Reporting Agent Forms achieving a significant milestone and getting approved by the IRS,” said Mangesh Bhandarkar, Director of Product Management for Adobe EchoSign. “Through the simplicity of the EchoSign electronic signature process and working closely with Intuit to streamline the user experience we were able to reduce errors, attain high completion rates and therefore achieve Intuit’s goals for implementing an e-signature solution. We look forward to continue working closely with Intuit as they expand their use of EchoSign from the pilot phase into production.”

For more information on Intuit’s full line of payroll products, visit Intuit’s Payroll & Payments website. For more information about Adobe EchoSign, visit http://www.echosign.com.

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February 11, 2014

Setting new standards

The Council on Accreditation (COA) independently certifies that international child-and-family and behavioral health service organizations meet standards of excellence. To improve its own operational standards, COA has implemented Adobe EchoSign and achieved tremendous results.

“Adobe EchoSign improved our efficiency so that agreements are processed and returned 33% faster than the required 30-day turnaround,” says Tim Stockert, director of IT. “Not only are we accrediting organizations faster, but we’re growing the number of accreditation decisions we make every year.”

Get more information on The Council of Accreditation here.

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January 29, 2014

Moving communities ahead

As a company that knows how to get things moved quickly, Crown Relocations recognized instantly that Adobe EchoSign would do wonders for its contracting processes, as well as other important company activities. Besides accelerating the process of client quote acceptance, the MegaSign widget in Adobe EchoSign helped the company raise $200,000 for The Salvation Army. CR-1920x654

“We’ve never attempted a charity event of this size. Adobe EchoSign, and specifically the MegaSign and widget functionality, reduced our administrative load so that we could make the event a much bigger success than expected,” says Karlene van Zyl, assistant to the country manager at Crown Relocations. Find more information here.

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January 28, 2014

And the Winners Are…… (Drum roll please)….

At Adobe EchoSign, we would be nowhere without our loyal customers. Your feedback is extremely important to us. In fact, it is your insights that drive future updates, service enhancements and our overall dedication to elevate the user experience. We are so appreciative of all the reviews we received on the Salesforce AppExchange that have helped solidify Adobe EchoSign as the #1 rated eSignature application!

“The Salesforce AppExchange is the destination for great business apps. With Adobe EchoSign being one of the most popular apps on the AppExchange, and winner of the Customer Choice Award for 5 years running, we set the bar high and are always working to deliver this level of excellence. This is why our reviews on the AppExchange are so important to us, and why we appreciate all of our customers who take the time to share their feedback with us,” states Amanda Schmidt, VP, Client Success Team.

To thank our customers for taking the time to provide all the feedback and praise, we promised to randomly award five Salesforce AppExchange users who submitted reviews before 12/31/13 with a prize that would further enable them to use Adobe EchoSign to #SignAnywhere. Today we are announcing the five random winners of new iPads as a token of our gratitude. The winners are listed in no particular order below. Thank you to everyone who submitted a review, we love hearing from our customers!

  • David Prewitt, Time Warner Cable Business Class
  • Danielle Wold, Intercall
  • Julia Kramer, Nexant
  • Kyle Centers, MSDSonline
  • Dave Kim, Dell

If you’d like to submit a review of Adobe EchoSign, or learn more about the Salesforce AppExchange app, you can find more information here. With Adobe EchoSign you can get documents signed and business done from anywhere, anytime and on virtually any device!

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