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February 17, 2014

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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January 14, 2014

Simplifying contracts for contractors

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As a specialist in contingent workforce management, CXC Global excels at finding contractors for all types of positions. As a result, the company deals with large amounts of paperwork related to onboarding new contractors and other documentation, so CXC Global decided to automate their contract management with Adobe EchoSign

 

 

“The lack of an effective document management system made it difficult to keep track of signed documents and resulted in delays due to lack of visibility into contract/paperwork completion status,” says Chris Thuel, Legal & Compliance Manager at CXC Global. “Integrated with our CRM—NetSuite—Adobe EchoSign enables us to have a complete process for initiating, completing, and managing our contracts for both internal activities and client projects.”

Read more here.

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January 7, 2014

The completion before the destruction

Before Shred-it can help organizations destroy their unwanted documents, it needs to get customers to sign sales documents first. Using Adobe EchoSign, the telesales team at Shred-it can send an agreement, review with the customer and e-sign during a single telephone call.

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Adobe EchoSign dramatically improves tracking and contract management at Shred-it. By using electronic document signing, contracts that used to take four days to complete now take eight minutes.

“Capitalizing on the high initial interest from customers, our telesales team closes 93% of agreements through Adobe EchoSign, in comparison to only a 65% conversion rate before EchoSign,” said Emma Lamb, Shred-it telesales manager.

Read more about how Shred-it has drastically reduced their average time to complete a contract here.

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December 12, 2013

A gift to you from Adobe EchoSign this Season – Enhanced service and updated functionality!

Here at Adobe, we’re always working to find new ways to help you finish business faster, streamline business processes, and increase efficiency. Going paperless with Adobe EchoSign allows your organization to get documents signed anywhere, anytime, on any device securely.

So we’re excited to announce our Winter release that delivers major updates to the EchoSign service to help drive ROI for your organization. In particular this release consists of:

  • Powerful tools to automate the signature process
  • Major advances in the usability of EchoSign, making it even easier to use
  • Significant innovations to the platform with new REST and SOAP capabilities for developers
  • Enhanced integration capabilities with partners like eOriginal, Salesforce.com, Apttus, Conga, and more
  • Deep Zoom capabilities
  • New 7×24 support, chat-support, and community support forums

When you have a document that needs e-signing, setting it up to be sent out via Adobe EchoSign is easy. With our latest release, our customers can now quickly and easily customize documents to align to business workflows before sending them for signatures. By creating customized templates for form fields that include field locations, field properties and field validations the process of sending documents for signature is simple. These field templates can be applied when sending a document through the EchoSign Web UI, the APIs, or from CRM systems such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, etc. Fields can now be easily added to documents even when the documents get generated from third parties.

We heard your feedback and are improving the signing experience by providing clickable hyperlinks within documents. This not only allows signers to access external locations but also allows navigation within a single document through a table of contents. Additional new capabilities include support for multi-line text fields and resizable signature and initial fields within documents.

We have also significantly improved the readability of documents and the performance for our customers by leveraging the industry-leading document imaging capabilities available through the Adobe document processing technology. Additionally signers and senders also now have the option to zoom in or out on documents for better readability.

We are also announcing true integration with eOriginal to support use-cases where customers want their documents to be vaulted. “Many companies have electronically signed contracts that may have transferrable financial value whether for securitization, collateralization or general transfer of ownership. eOriginal is dedicated to full lifecycle support for our customers and now offers complete electronic transaction management with the seamless integration between our two platforms” stated Ralph Burns, Chief Revenue Officer of eOriginal. “We are excited to work with Adobe EchoSign to bring this capability to customers.”

Last, but not least, Adobe EchoSign is committed to offering thorough, helpful and reliable customer service. Improvements made to our customer support process include the presence of 24/7 assistance from our support team. Yep, any time of the day, any question – the new chat support feature and a new customer forum have been added to the website so customers can get their problems solved and the answer they need quickly and without hassle.

We’re excited about these improvements to the easiest e-Signature platform used for transacting millions of documents every month by companies such as Groupon, Time Warner Cable, British Telecom, Kia, Tivo, NEC Financial Services. We want to thank you for all your feedback. We are starting to work on the next set of exciting new updates to the service. Let us know how you like the new capability and if you have ideas or suggestion please submit them here.

From all of us at Adobe, we wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New Year!

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December 10, 2013

Maintaining client relationships and the environment at Ricoh UK

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Ricoh, which specializes in document solutions of its own, knows an outstanding solution when it sees one. That’s why the company uses Adobe EchoSign to streamline its contracting process. By using automated electronic signatures from Adobe EchoSign, Ricoh has been able to cut five days from its contract turnaround time.

“Adobe EchoSign provides us with an innovative, new option for e-signing to reach customers by removing physical barriers that might inhibit business,” said Ray Young, business development manager at Ricoh UK.

The switch to online contract signing also removes costs associated with printing and distribution, which helps Ricoh fulfill its environmental sustainability goals. Learn more about EchoSign is helping Ricoh achieve both their business and sustainability goals.

Find more information here.

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December 4, 2013

Speeding up vehicle order processing at Leasedrive

In an office already festooned with customer satisfaction awards, the innovative automotive fleet management company Leasedrive keeps looking for more performance. This time, Leasedrive turned to Adobe EchoSign to streamline its vehicle order process and to boost customer confidence with transparent electronic signature and contracting capabilities.

“By integrating Adobe EchoSign, we continue to improve our service and employee productivity by speeding up the vehicle order process and minimizing the administrative support needed at our clients. The delay an

d hassle of signing hardcopy forms and sending them on is now a thing of the past,” says Paul Ne

Learn more about how Leasedrive is able to easily process over 10,000 orders a year.wman, head of IT at Leasedrive.

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November 22, 2013

Final Days of #DF13: Top Trending #EchoSign Highlighted as Top 5 Most Influential!

Dreamforce Day 3+4 Recap

Day three and four at Dreamforce totally rocked for the Adobe EchoSign team and partners! We knocked out two great sessions, an awesome party with partners and a new deal signed right at the booth – lots of activity around friction-free business and esignatures! Plus, all of our social efforts within the #DF13 community proved to be successful as #EchoSign was highlighted on the #DF13 social command center as 1 of top 5 most influential at #DF13 today (Friday!)

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Friction-Free Business Panel 

Wednesday morning kicked off with an early panel session lead by Adobe EchoSign VP Jon Perera. Jon, along with a team of industry influencer panelists, discussed how EchoSign has helped them to close deals and conduct friction-free business across several different company departments. From legal teams, to HR departments to a company’s sales team the benefits of EchoSign are obvious for the panelists who represented Groupon, Conway, Inc., Electronic Arts and others.

According to panelists, the three key areas in digital document management are ease of use, security and platform. “EchoSign actualizes Bill Gates’ dream of business at the speed of thought,” quipped panelist Marvin Clark, who went on to say his business saved about 4 million sheets of paper in the first year of use. Now that’s what we call going green!

Other panelists commented on how EchoSign was a driving force for empowering their sales teams with the ability to better track and follow up on contracts they send out. The digitalization of the HR and legal process was also a key benefit of EchoSign to many panelists’ companies, panelist Yuka Tzavaras said it has helped give her company a competitive edge when recruiting new employees as it helps to establish a company’s reputation as a leader in the industry.

Noted Author and Speaker Geoffrey Moore Discusses the Future of Enterprise IT

We were lucky enough to sponsor a discussion session lead by Geoffrey Moore, author of several high-tech, dynamic industry leading books such as Crossing the Chasm and highly-anticipated Escape Velocity due out at the start of 2014. During the session, he shared his take on businesses moving from digital consumption to digital engagement and how a competitive edge can be retained.

Moore pointed out that the focus of the 20th century was reducing cost, however the focus of the 21st century will be to reduce time. He dubbed this the era of “Systems of Engagement” as opposed to “Systems of Record” saying that the new must-haves for system design are: mobile first, no more stupid stuff, fully compliant and completely secure and full integration with the past systems of record. Electronic signatures perfectly fit into these new rules of digital engagement. Since people are rarely ever in the office e-signatures helps to satisfy the rule of ‘user first, mobile first.’ In addition, Moore points out that “signing on paper exemplifies ‘stupid stuff.” Finally, with the added security, legality and extensive tracking and filing features of EchoSign, the e-signature tool perfectly fits into the new rules of digital engagement.

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REVOLUTION After-hours party with Financial Force, Click Software and Totango

After an action-packed day three at Dreamforce the EchoSign team let loose at the REVOLUTION party. The party was sponsored by EchoSign, FinancialForce.com, Click Software and Totango and drew quite a crowd. The party kicked off at about 7:30 PM last night and carried on to the early hours of the morning with tons of networking, good drinks and unwind time. From the “EchoSign lime” themed drink to the ambiance-setting decorations, the party was a hit and our team was glad to be involved!

EchoSign demonstrates how easy it is to #signanywhere at the booth!

As users know, Adobe EchoSign makes getting business done from anywhere simple, friction-free and efficient. The EchoSign sales team was ecstatic to get the chance to demonstrate the ease and simplicity of use by signing a deal with new UK client, The Foundry Team, LIVE from the EchoSign booth.

As a forward-thinking company providing creative, smart software solutions, The Foundry Team was excited to get on-board with an e-signature solution to match their way of doing business, and we are thrilled to be the service they chose! Friction-free business is not an option for this innovative company and EchoSign’s ability to help create a seamless, easy and hassle-free process made us the right fit for their company.

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