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March 20, 2014

AribaLIVE Daily Recap Day 2– Enabling the Business of Tomorrow Today

aribalive1During the wrap-ups on Wednesday, we were privy to the exciting plans for Ariba users, partners and suppliers. In fact, the comprehensive roadmap that was shared focused on some exciting topics, including integrating the Ariba Network with other SAP cloud services and with HANA, and a new focus on mobile and user experience.

In fact, we were thrilled (along with everyone else crammed into the keynote this morning) to see Ariba’s new mobile app that was demonstrated as a part of Sanish Mondkar’s presentation. It is a great example of their new mobile first and adaptive user experience focus.

 

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Following the keynotes, we took the opportunity to network with other attendees. As you get to talking about solutions to eliminate inefficiencies in procurement, it’s really easy to turn on paper. Today at AribaLIVE, we also took part in some paper ‘smack’ talking. Our own Adobe EchoSign team members tested their engineering prowess with a paper airplane challenge while hanging out the Ariba team – after all, that is all that paper is used for nowadays, right? With EchoSign, we remove a critical step in traditional contract workflows by removing the need to print out a contract for signature. Even when the contract is signed, there is still no need to physically print the contract, it is stored safely away in the EchoSign system and/or in your Ariba Contract Management system. We truly are pushing for a paperless workflow and we were excited to be among others who are striving for the same.

Aribalive3Soon, it was lunchtime! Several of our own EchoSign leaders mingled among the 200 women attending the Women in Leadership luncheon. It is a great event that Ariba hosts every year during AribaLive, with the number of attendees growing each year. During the event, Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, author of Employed for Life, 21st Century Career Trends, gave an informative talk on women in the work place. One of the take-aways in her talk was the topic of negotiation, and how women are strong negotiators. However, when it comes to negotiating for themselves (career growth, compensation, etc), they are not as stellar. This topic was poignant as many of the women in the room negotiate every day in their jobs.

By mid-afternoon, it was time to talk about the power of e-signatures presented by Conrad Smith, Senior Director Global Procurement for Adobe Systems.

Conrad kicked off the session “Complete Your Contract Cycles in Minutes, Not Weeks,” by sharing the challenges he and his team had before they started using EchoSign. By integrating EchoSign, a legally-compliant e-signature solution, into Adobe’s own procurement processes, his team was able to remove roadblocks and become more streamlined, agile and responsive to the business overall. Conrad provided the direct benefits that the Adobe Procurement organization received after the implementation of Adobe EchoSign. It has been truly transformative. Adobe’s own contract completion cycle time reduced by 73%: going from 2-3 weeks to 1-2 days. 79% of contracts are now completed in 7 days or less. Plus, there was a 70% increase in contract completion. He pointed out that of course, our vendors and partners don’t mind going to an e-signature system since it gets them paid faster.

aribalive5“AribaLIVE is a testament to just how integral procurement professionals are to the success of the company’s they represent. They are the true rock stars that make business work,” stated Smith. “We are breaking down the paper barriers to show that deals can be done at lightning speed. And, AribaLIVE is the ideal stage to help procurement professionals of the 1000 companies in attendance to soak up the knowledge they need to transform their companies to completely paperless, digital powerhouses.”

conrad smithAs the final day comes to a close and flocks of AribaLIVE attendees hit the slots one more time before heading home, the EchoSign team already feels as though we have hit the jackpot. From the major announcement and integration with Ariba, the inspirational tone set by Bert Jacobs of Life is Good and the other presenting Ariba executives and keynotes, to our own heavily attended session full of Ariba users interested in the using e-signatures to streamline paperless workflows, we honestly feel as though we won big this year!

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March 19, 2014

Day #1 AribaLIVE – Life is Good for Ariba Live Attendees

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 8.13.39 PM What a day. We announced that Ariba and Adobe EchoSign joined forces to condense contract cycle times and increase efficiencies for Ariba network of buyers and purchasers through the new Adobe EchoSign for Ariba Contract Management.  Compared to manual, paper-based signature processes, EchoSign for Ariba Contract Management is much more efficient. In fact, it can help organizations cut contract execution time by as much as 80% or more.  By cutting contract execution time, Ariba customers can reduce costs, increase efficiencies and productivity, and optimize cash flow.  All important themes that were highlighted by Ariba executives during their keynotes at the event.
 
During day one of the conference,  we met with Ariba product and sales teams, participated in several sessions, attended networking events and ended the night with an intimate dinner with key customers and prospects.  
 
Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 8.16.47 PMWe are looking forward to the Adobe Session tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon 1:30 – 2:45 PM, where Conrad Smith, Senior Director Global Procurement for Adobe Systems will present a session “Complete Your Contract Cycles in Minutes, Not Weeks.” He shares his first-hand knowledge on how Adobe Procurement fundamentally improved its processes through the use of e‐signatures.
 
As day one comes to a close, we wanted to echo the inspirational insights from Life is Good CEO Bert Jacobs during his keynote speech on the main stage this morning. EchoSign is very appreciative to “get to” participate in AribaLIVE and we plan to make every moment here count. For more information about the good vibes Bert is spreading here in Vegas for AribaLIVE check out his bio.
 
Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 8.14.21 PMStay Connected with Us!
We are definitely joining in the social conversations surrounding #AribaLIVE and starting a few of our own. From asking who has embraced truly paperless workflows to asking if anyone is in need of a fax machine funeral, EchoSign continues to engage with all of the show attendees in Las Vegas and following along virtually. Stay tuned for more and follow along @EchoSign and on Facebook
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March 17, 2014

Adobe® EchoSign® Announces Partnership with ARIBA®

Condense your contract cycle to minutes (not weeks) all within your ARIBA Network.

On the brink of kicking off AribaLIVE 2014, we are extremely excited to announce that Adobe EchoSign and Ariba have partnered to bring users a fully integrated e‐signature capability within Ariba’s on‐ demand Contract Management solution. Through this timely and intuitive integration, EchoSign enables users to send, sign and track their contracts and deals with one‐click without having to leave the Ariba platform.

It makes sense. You already rely on Ariba, the world’s leading business commerce network, and the Ariba Contract Management system to execute contracts faster, cut costs, and maintain compliance. Now you can achieve even greater efficiencies by getting your contracts electronically signed right from within your Ariba environment. With Adobe EchoSign for Ariba Contract Management, it’s easy to  collect legally binding e‐signatures—from anywhere, on almost any device—helping you shrink contract cycles, reduce costs, and speed time to revenue.

Founded on the principles of eliminating the wasted time and money involved in corporate purchasing, Ariba helped modernize the outdated, tedious, frustrating and often wasteful paper‐based procurement processes. Using Ariba, enterprises can now understand and get complete visibility into how they are spending money. Similarly, Adobe EchoSign’s mission is to streamline company workflows with paperless, digital document management and eliminate the waste associated with filing and storage costs as well as lost opportunities when an important document or deal gets lost in the shuffle. These two value propositions excellently dovetail with each other, leading our two companies to partner to deliver an integrated solution.

Now, buyers and sellers within the Ariba network can accelerate their quote‐to‐cash processes without ever leaving the Ariba Contract Management user interface. EchoSign is built into Ariba Contract Management, so it’s fast and easy to get started—no installation or configuration needed. Because EchoSign runs transparently inside your Ariba system, it requires little or no training to use. This integration reduces the timeline for payment completions from weeks to minutes, eliminates paper‐ based workflows, improves data quality and security, all while providing real‐time visibility into the status of your contracts. Contracts are digitally sealed to provide tamper evidence and automatically stored in the Ariba system.

Backed by Adobe’s rich, 30‐year legacy around digital document management innovations, EchoSign has proven to be the leading e‐signature solution with more than 3 million contracts successfully sent, e‐ signed, tracked and closed on a monthly basis.

AribaLIVE 2014!

Join Adobe EchoSign this week at ARIBALIVE 2014 to gain insights on how moving to e‐signature solutions can have a major impact on business, reputation within your network and of course, your bottom line. Plus, join Conrad Smith, Senior Director Global Procurement for Adobe Systems at “Complete Your Contract Cycles in Minutes, Not Weeks” where he shares insights on how Adobe Procurement has fundamentally improved its processes through the use of e‐signatures.

Join the Conversation:

Follow @EchoSign on Twitter, where we’ll be live‐tweeting and keeping you up‐to‐date on the latest at

#AribaLIVE. You can also join us on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 

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March 12, 2014

SXSW Day Five Recap

5 days. 120 hours. Tens of miles walked. Hundreds of contracts e-signed. Thousands of data plans exhausted. Countless Robot jokes. Whether it was surprising attendees as a 9 foot Robot walked the streets of Austin, attending sessions that spoke to the evolution of business in this demanding age, demonstrating how EchoSign can help conduct business from anywhere – we made it all count!

Adobe EchoSign has officially wrapped up at SXSW and we are excited to share all that we accomplished during the leading interactive experience of the year. Following the awesome #UseMELeavME Adobe VIP party at the #DigitalCampground on Monday evening, hazy SXSW partyers hit the streets one more time for final sessions and events of the interactive portion. On this final day, Adobe EchoSign hosted a tweet-up in which we picked up the tab on free drinks and highlighted the easy #SignAnywhere ME Agreement demos while sparking up some solid conversation with the Adobe EchoBot. Whether you attended because free drinks are too easy to pass up, you saw our illuminated mobile billboards all over the city of Austin or that you were intrigued by the joke-wielding Robot who has been known to offer his opinions on all carbon-based life forms, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the GingerMan and appreciate them hosting our gathering.

Kudos to the entire Adobe and Adobe Social team for putting together an unforgettable experience and for all our SXSW partners who helped make it all happen. And of course, to the ever-humble, always welcoming city of Austin… til next year!

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March 11, 2014

SXSW Day Four Recap

Day four at #SXSWi proved to be another one for the books for Adobe EchoSign, no surprise there! With more Me Agreements completed and many more conference attendees learning about the ease and convenience of e-signatures, EchoSign continued to be a hit with the interactive crowd.daysxsw6.jpeg.JPG

daysxsw5.jpeg.JPGThe day started with the EchoSign team hitting the streets with the EchoBot for more pictures, robot meet and greets and Me Agreement e-signing. Once again, the conference crowd couldn’t have been more excited to meet with EchoBot, who charmed everyone from tech geniuses to little children. While out and about the EchoSign team was able to interact with some of the top tech influencers attending SXSWi. These influencers were enthusiastic about EchoSign and e-signatures, and enjoyed their chance to demo the program by filling out and sharing Me Agreements. The simplicity of Adobe EchoSign, as well as the convenience of the functionality were some of the most noted features among those who had the chance to run through the demo, and many were very surprised by all the extra features and benefits of the software.

After dominating the streets of Austin for a few hours, the EchoBot was invited to be the guest of honor at the daysxsw4.jpeg#ChooseHarder party thrown by @HARDER and @TheOnion. The party was thrown at famous Austin venue, Mohawk, and featured an amazing performance by The Hold Steady. The EchoBot had a chance to jam out to the band and interact with many more tech and music influencers. The crowd was great and after watching the band, party-goers were ready to boogey down with EchoBot and talk e-signatures with the EchoSign team.

As the sun set on another gorgeous day, Austin buildings lit up with mobile billboards. Each billboard daysxsw3prompted conference attendees to find the Echobot around Austin for prizes and encouraged people to learn what EchoSign is all about. The night wrapped up with the Adobe VIP party back at the #UseMeLeaveMe digital campground. An incredible performance by Aloe Blacc allowed the EchoSign team to once again enjoy some great live music. Campground festivities didn’t just include the amazing live performance though, our team also got to try out the video grams, grab some grub from the food trucks and even run through some Me Agreement demos with other party attendees.

All in all day four was another home run. The team is bringing it home with one last day on the streets of Austin to wrap up SXSWi today, and we plan to leave it all out on the field!

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March 10, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW- Day 3

Adobe EchoSign finished strong on day three. The weather cooperated, hundreds of  Me Agreements were signed and the pub-crawlers continued to travel the streets of downtown Austin with happy peddlers in tow.

pub crawler 3 3There was so much hype and excitement on the streets of Austin today when the EchoBot was out “interfacing” with humans! People from as far as France and Denmark learned how to #signanywhere by demoing the EchoSign Me Agreements, a contract experience created by EchoSign with fun, creative contracts people can sign agreeing to SXSW related goals. Conference goers e-signed agreements to encourage them to take advantage of their first time at SXSW, check out the Austin food trucks and, our personal favorite, befriend non-humans, like EchoBot, while at SXSW. Business cards were exchanged and pictures of the #EchoBot on Twitter popped up all day. Needless to say, EchoBot and EchoSign have been huge hits on the streets of Austin. pub crawler 3 2

The only thing that South by Southwest techies loved more than interacting with the EchoBot was traveling around Austin via the pub-crawler. At one point throughout the day, there were lines of people waiting on the street for a chance to join in on the fun. Up and down the streets of Austin people couldn’t help but take pictures of all the pub-crawlers singing to music and peddling as hard as they could. Pub crawl riders had the chance to demo EchoSign too, amidst all the fun, by digitally signing the pub crawl waivers.

pub crawler 3The good news is that the fun doesn’t stop today. We still have two more days to go, so we’ll be back with another re-cap tomorrow! See you then!

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March 9, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW– Day 2 Recap

We can’t believe day two at SXSW has already come and gone! The rain did not stop us from venturing out into Austin to show people what EchoSign is all about.IMG_7442

To start the day off, we hopped on a couple of awesome pub-crawlers to show people around the city how easy it is to #signanywhere – even from a 12-person bike!  To join in on the fun people were asked to sign a quick waiver using EchoSign, which gave them a first-hand look at how easy it is to sign documents on the go. The pub-crawlers were a huge hit and we think people were just as amused digitally signing a document as they were drinking beer while peddling through the streets of Austin.

It was also a big day for the Echobot. He scored a couple interviews walking the streets of Austin from news outlets covering SXSW. The Onion even had a little fun with him asking if he would be willing to reveal his Google history.  The reporter must have liked what he saw because he and Echobot were dancing within minutes! No matter what age, people found Echobot so intriguing they couldn’t help but ask what EchoSign was all about. Everyone we met left more knowledgeable about the ease of e-signing after completing their personal Me Agreements designed specifically for SXSW attendees.

IMG_7444To end the day, people enjoyed delicious pizza served from food trucks at the Digital Campground and beer flowed like water. People were able to socialize and play bags while listening to the bands rocking out on stage. It was the perfect opportunity to exchange business cards and get to know others at the campground.

Although rainy, day two was a blast. We’re excited to get back out and do it all over again tomorrow.

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March 8, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at SXSW– Day 1 Recap

EchoSign’s first day at SXSWi in Austin will be tough to top!  There were robots, tech gadgets, and of course lots of e-signatures!  With the Adobe Echobot at our side, people flocked to EchoSign’s airstream at the #UseMeLeaveMe Digital Campground to learn more about the number one e-signature solution.IMG_7393

Here are a few highlights we want to share from the first day that we know people will be talking about in the days to come!

To start the day off, Adobe EchoSign took part in launching the Razorfish/Adobe Digital Campground. Hundreds of people flocked to the campsite at Walsh and Fourth to visit the different airstreams and enjoy some music and food. The Adobe EchoBot made people fall in love with him by showing off his dancing skills, taking pictures, and having conversations in countless foreign languages. Ultimately though, he was able to show people how easy it is to #signanywhere by directing them to try EchoSign’s Me Agreement app.  To put it simply, he made people not only fall in love with him but EchoSign in general!

After the launch, we hit the streets of Austin! People were amazed at the ease of using e-signatures to sign their Me Agreement App anywhere, any time (not to mention the talking/dancing/multilingual robot). EchoBot was able to talk them through how to use it, impressing some of the most tech savvy people out there.

Day one was such a success we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the remainder of SXSWi.

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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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