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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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