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July 25, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover streamlines product development and engineering

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Engineering and product development are at the heart of the business at Jaguar Land Rover, the United Kingdom’s largest automotive manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles  - and one of the world’s premier luxury sports car marquees. Precision and the high level of attention to detail made standard by the brand are reflected in the systems they use to maintain those standards.

Global growth required streamlined processes

As the global presence of these two iconic British car brands continued to grow, streamlining processes to create a more hassle-free and less time-consuming workflow became crucial. For example, to build exemplary automobiles and all-wheel drive vehicles at the highest level, there were more than 40 processes in place for the product development team alone to follow, including paper forms and multiple agreements that required several rounds of sign-off with supplies and dealers all over the world. This was a complex and time-consuming process.

Enter EchoSign

To test the possibility of going paperless while still ensuring auditable, traceable, and legal compliance, the company started with a pilot program to see how e-signature solutions and digital documents could streamline processes in the product development and engineering area. By working directly with Jaguar Land Rover, the Adobe EchoSign Client Success and Services team was able to make enhancements and tailor e-signature solutions to meet the automotive brand’s specific and unique needs.

After an extensive evaluation process, Jaguar Land Rover selected Adobe EchoSign to automate these manual, paper-based processes moving forward. From a security standpoint, EchoSign and its encryption policies allowed Jaguar Land Rover the flexibility to help ensure that only those authorized could sign off on select documents. In one instance, a document requiring 16 different signatures was completed in two days. Plus, the strength of the Adobe brand, and Jaguar Land Rover’s familiarity with products like Adobe Acrobat, made EchoSign the right choice for the company’s document workflow strategy.

Companywide adoption

After the rollout in engineering and product development, other departments were eager to implement the technology. Adobe EchoSign is now established within 25 Jaguar Land Rover groups, with more than 3,000 users automating 80 separate processes. With the sheer volume of documents the business relies on, EchoSign has made a positive impact on business agility and the ability to respond quickly. And for an automobile company, being agile and quick are definite perks on the drawing board, the road, and on the balance sheet.

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July 2, 2014

Customer Showcase: Who Doesn’t Want to Save Time and Money?

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E-signatures Accelerate Workflows Across Many Industries

E-signatures are paving the way for many organizations to begin the transition to digital document management. We hear first-hand from our customers and partners how e-signatures speed up the approval cycle and streamline the process of tracking and managing deals, contracts and workflows. Our customers (and theirs) are getting to revenue faster.

Whether you are a large corporation or a small business, Adobe EchoSign is the electronic signature solution businesses can trust. To continue celebrating National ESIGN Day this week, we wanted to showcase how our customers, across a multitude of industries, have streamlined their processes and reaped the benefits of moving business forward by adopting e-signatures:

Health Care – EchoSign has helped many hospitals and physician groups  transition from paper contracts to digital contract management. Two examples:  St. Charles Health System and University Physicians Network. Administrators are now able to eliminate hefty printing and postage costs, while also speeding up the flow of vital documents within finance, payroll, insurance carrier documents and payroll – reducing turnaround times from months  to days.

Automotive – EchoSign works with big names in the auto industry such as KIA and Jaguar Landover.  For KIA, EchoSign supports high volume signature processes using the MegaSign feature. This feature cuts contract completion time in half and ensures all contracts are delivered securely. For Jaguar Landover, EchoSign was put in place to accelerate product development and help ensure compliance with legally mandated documentation.

Internet/Technology - EchoSign works with big names in the digital space including Foursquare and Groupon. For Foursquare, EchoSign is vital to the company’s drive to become a paperless environment, including their new hire onboarding process. At Groupon, EchoSign made it easier for merchant partners to review, sign and retain their contract paperwork electronically.

Has your company gone digital yet? Never worry about printing, faxing, or document whereabouts again. With EchoSign, you can go from send to signed in a matter of minutes-and keep track of the process every step of the way.

To learn more about companies using EchoSign in other industries  - like Education, Advertising/Media, and Real Estate  -  click here.

Go ahead, give us a try.  Sign up for a free trial here.

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July 1, 2014

Top 10 Bizarre Deals and Contracts

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Over the course of history, and the not so distant past, there have been many bizarre requests, contracts signed and out-of-the-ordinary agreements made in business, politics, music, sports and even childhood promises to best friends. In honor of National ESIGN Day yesterday, and our weeklong celebration, we count them down for you here!

10.  Elvis Presley had a record deal with RCA Victor for $40,000, the largest amount paid for a single performer by a record company up to that time. The catch: Elvis never signed the contract! Presley was a minor at the time, and therefore his father had to sign on his behalf.

9. Baseball star, Alex Rodriguez, signed a 10-year contract with the Yankees in December 2007 that guaranteed him $275 million in cash.  However, this deal didn’t include seats to the game, but did give A-Rod the option of purchasing tickets!

8. The band Van Halen contractually required that a bowl of M&M’s have all brown M&M’s removed before each show. The reason behind the band’s specific request: if the promoter did not read the agreement well enough to catch this, then they would be  likely to forget important requirements about their equipment as well.  Van Halen members would raise quite a ruckus if the deal wasn’t met.

7. In 1986, the Astros re-signed pitching reliever Charlie Kerfeld, paying him $110,037.37 as part of his contract.  The demand for such a specific number came from his jersey, number 37.

6. Albert Einstein and his wife Mileva became estranged after he achieved success.  In order to continue living under the same roof, he proposed a contract for responsibilities. These responsibilities included: “You will make sure that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order, I will receive my three meals regularly in my room, and you’ll stop talking to me if I request it.”

5. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise both signed a prenuptial agreement before their marriage in 2006. The details: for each year the couple stayed married, Holmes would collect $3 million dollars. Despite their divorce in 2012 and the estimated $18 million expected, Katie Holmes  only receives $400,000 dollars annually for child support.

4. MLB catcher Harry Chiti is the only player that has ever been traded for himself. You might be asking, how was this possible? Simple, he was traded to an expansion club team in exchange for a “player to be named later”. After playing poorly, the receiving team chose him as the player they would trade back.

3. When President Obama signed the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he used 22 pens.  Presidential signing pens have become famous and are now given to those who helped pass the bill as a memento.

2. In 2007, the Oakland Raiders negotiated a $68 million dollar contract over 6 years with their number one draft pick, Jamarcus Russell. One problem, he was cut before making the team but the Raiders still had to pay him millions.

1. In 10th Grade, MLB pitcher Justin Verlander made a deal with his best friend, Daniel Hicks, to give him .001% of his pro signing bonus (should he ever get one) in exchange for 50 cents to buy a chocolate milk. Daniel kept the signed note over the years and presented it to Verlander when he was ultimately drafted by the Tigers and received a $3.12 million dollar signing bonus. If Verlander made good on this childhood promise, that would be $31.20 (that’s enough to buy a few more chocolate milks.)

Check out some of these historical signature moments you won’t believe, watch the video here.

We told you they were bizarre! Do you know of any deals to add to this list or even top it? Share with us on the @EchoSign Twitter account and Adobe EchoSign Facebook Page.

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June 30, 2014

Adobe EchoSign Celebrates National ESIGN Day!

ES-blog_ESIGN_day1 Today is the 14th annual National ESIGN Day, and we’re celebrating all the ways business has advanced since the Electronic Signatures in Global and National CommerceAct  (ESIGN Act) was signed on June 30th, 2000 by President Bill Clinton.  The ESIGN Act ensured the validity and legal effect of  contracts entered into electronically. The paperless movement was launched.

At Adobe EchoSign, it’s our business to know about the importance of signing your name on big deals, sales and hiring contracts, insurance forms, real estate ventures, and vendor process documents. How about your John Hancock on receipts, credit card charges, and that annual birthday card to your lovely Aunt Trish? In fact, throughout your lifetime, chances are you will sign on the dotted line 500,000 times.

With the inception and adoption of electronic signatures –  and intuitive, trusted e-signing solutions from Adobe EchoSign – the process of signing, sending and tracking digital documents made things a whole lot more convenient, safe and secure. But it wasn’t always this easy breezy.

Today, join us as we celebrate all the ways that modern business has moved forward since the ESIGN Act in 2000, while paying homage to some of the biggest deals and “signature moments” in history.

Check out our new video on Historical Signature Moments (we think you’ll like it!):

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Stay tuned all week to @EchoSign on Twitter, hashtag #esignday, and to the Adobe EchoSign Facebook Page for interesting (and sometimes shocking!) facts about the most famous, and infamous signatures and deals that have been forged throughout history.  We’ll be asking trivia questions in social media all week! We hope you’ll play along and test your knowledge.

Want something to celebrate on ESIGN Day next year? Give EchoSign a whirl by signing up for a FREE trial here.

Happy ESIGN Day!

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June 18, 2014

Apttus Accelerate Insider POV: How to Quote and Close Deals Faster with E-Signatures in the Cloud

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By Mark Grilli, VP, Acrobat Solutions

The engaging and thought-provoking sessions at Apttus Accelerate continued today with our Adobe EchoSign customer panel, featuring some top Adobe EchoSign customers from Cadence, Motorola and Nike. These business leaders explained how the Quote-to-Cash process has helped them to close deals faster and with greater accuracy, and how tools like Apttus, Salesforce and Adobe EchoSign have helped these customers dramatically reduce the time it takes to get contracts completed (from weeks to merely hours, in many cases). Along with increasing efficiency for their businesses, implementing the Quote-to-Cash system has helped them to secure customer relationships, ensure pricing accuracy and accelerate sales cycles.

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Joining me on today’s panel was Vianne Sha, IT Principal Architect at Cadence; Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Director of Contract Management and Policy at Motorola Solutions; and Genaro Lopez (@gelopez42), Manager for Enterprise Contract Management at Nike. In each of their roles at their respective companies, these professionals deal with extensive contract and workflow management. Finding the best solutions to speed up the process, decrease wasted resources and solidify customer relationships is at the top of their lists. Each came across EchoSign while looking for a contract solution to solve these problems, and one that would integrate with existing sales tools to streamline the process.

The integration between Adobe EchoSign, Salesforce and Apttus was a huge selling point for each of these important Adobe customers. They needed a solution that would integrate seamlessly with the other sales and workflow management tools their companies regularly use. The Quote-to-Cash process allowed them to adopt our e-signature tool, Adobe EchoSign, with zero disruption of any business process. Sha spoke of leveraging the CRM solution at Cadence, and wanting to achieve sales efficiency as they deployed Apttus and e-signature with Adobe Echosign.

Right out of the gate, Lopez commented that Nike’s famed “Just Do It” slogan isn’t just a marketing campaign – it’s a mindset that drives the adoption of best business practices, too.  Lopez had to occasionally play the role of gatekeeper as Adobe EchoSign went a little viral inside Nike, with several teammates wanting to use Adobe e-signatures even in areas that hadn’t yet been officially approved. Lopez likened EchoSign’s ease-of-use to gamification, saying that EchoSign became so popular and convenient that his team needed to tweak their training regimens – a good “problem” to have, everyone seemed to agree.

The benefits to their company workflows were readily apparent. Ficke-Bradford spoke of a linear process at Motorola, knowing that it would take time to bring order to the chaos – but likewise, knowing that e-signature would be brought into the process eventually.  (During a humorous aside, Ficke-Bradford noted that her son’s wrestling club used Adobe EchoSign for obtaining permissions for his participation, and joked that, if a wrestling club could easily adopt EchoSign, Motorola certainly could, too.)

Lopez talked about the use of EchoSign with Nike’s sports marketing department, saying the EchoSign distinction between “approvers” and “signers” has been instrumental in quickly and efficiently inking athlete contracts via those athletes’ old-school agents.

Sha cited the full transparency afforded by EchoSign – the fact that all of the pertinent parties have full view of where each and every contract stands. She mentioned, too, how the EchoSign “reminder” function serves as virtual prompt to ensure contracts move along in a timely fashion. It’s so easy to just go ahead and sign right then and there, isn’t it?

Through 2014, Sha’s team has already processed 80 percent of the legal agreements that it processed in all of 2013. Nike didn’t have an ROI mandate as it rolled out Adobe EchoSign, but saw two distinct use-cases:  one in Nike’s famed sports marketing department, and another at the board level.

As large companies like Cadence, Motorola and Nike continue to implement Quote-to-Cash business solutions, the business benefits of using tools like Apttus, Salesforce and Adobe EchoSign become increasingly evident. By adopting these integrated business tools, professionals can bring their companies immeasurable benefits from accelerating processes, to increasing accuracy and reducing costs and resources.

If you are not using Adobe EchoSign already and would like to give it a try, we invite you to click here for a free trial. To learn more about how Adobe EchoSign and Apptus work together seamlessly, click here.

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June 12, 2014

Progressive and Other Financial Services Companies Innovate with E-signatures

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Insurance and financial services companies face a number of challenges in today’s fast-paced digital workplace – from rising operational costs, to customers demanding faster turnaround times – these businesses are working hard to identify solutions, as well as opportunities for growth, in a period of transformation.

By taking advantage of digital technology, especially electronic signature solutions, across entire processes, insurance and financial services companies can tackle some of the most predominant challenges that they are facing today.

  • Improving customer experience – Customers expect seamless digital experiences that enable them to rapidly complete transactions without interruptions.
  • Securing interactions – In this digital age, companies need to meet increased demands around security, privacy protection and compliance requirements across more diverse geographies and businesses than ever before.
  • Increasing operating efficiencies – Financial services companies need to cut down on the significant amounts of paper required to accomplish signature-intensive processes across lending, insurance, treasury, account and trade operations.

As a testament to this changing landscape, Progressive is partnering with Adobe to make electronic signature solutions available to its agencies. Adobe will now offer Adobe EchoSign + PDF Pack to Progressive’s more than 35,000 agencies in the US to help them tackle their biggest business challenges, while combining the reliability of Adobe PDF with e-signatures, so agents can close business faster, more easily and securely. It will initially be made available to agencies in Missouri and Illinois and roll out nationwide later this year.

“We’re pleased to be able to work with Adobe as a preferred provider of electronic signature solutions and offer Adobe EchoSign + PDF Pack to our independent agents across the country,” said Dwight Hager, director of distribution for Progressive’s Central Region. “Adobe’s solutions will help provide a powerful platform to reduce operational costs, improve customer experience and save time for our business, agents and customers.”

With Adobe EchoSign, the entire process of getting to a signed agreement is easy. Single or multiple documents can be packaged and sent for signature, removing the hassle of using paper and multiple email attachments.  Once the agreement is signed, it’s simple to track, manage and store them securely in Adobe EchoSign and send copies back to all parties.

With Adobe PDF Pack, paper or electronic agreements can be easily converted to secure, reliable Adobe PDF files that can be easily sent for signature via Adobe EchoSign.  It can also be used to create PDF documents to share with clients such as letters, brochures, and policy change notifications, to ensure they see exactly what they should see.

Progressive joins other similar services institutions in taking advantage of the benefits of Adobe EchoSign. Take NEC Financial Services and Card Assets as two such examples. Both financial services companies needed to improve efficiencies and cut costs in order to better serve their customers, and decided that the best way to do so was to transition their multi-step, manual application workflow to a more streamlined, automated one by implementing Adobe EchoSign e-signatures.

With EchoSign, NEC Financial Services and Card Assets achieved the following results:

  • Reduced turnaround time for signed agreements from days to as little as minutes.
  • Increased business by completing more transactions per month.
  • Eliminated virtually all printing and postage costs, reducing operational costs.
  • Enabled customers to sign quickly and easily on mobile devices.

If you haven’t used Adobe EchoSign yet, sign up for a trial here.

 

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June 2, 2014

Adobe EchoSign at Salesforce 1 Tour: Washington, D.C. Recap

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After making a big splash across the pond at the London Salesforce1 Tour event, the EchoSign team kept up the momentum with last week’s event in Washington, D.C. With an enthusiastic crew on the showroom floor, and in speaking sessions, we were able to educate event attendees on the business benefits of e-signatures and EchoSign’s seamless integration with the Salesforce1 mobile platform.

 

With EchoSign being the first e-signature partner live on the Salesforce1 platform, customers have quickly learned the ease of sending, signing, tracking and filing documents quickly, securely and entirely from your Salesforce account. The increase in team productivity and acceleration of the contract process when using EchoSign and Salesforce are among the most noted benefits by customers, and the mobile integration makes this process even easier than before.

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Adobe EchoSign: Changing the Game for your Organization, Customers and Partners

Mark Middleton, Adobe Sr. Solutions Manager, held EchoSign’s first speaking session in the Partner Theater Thursday afternoon. Throughout the instructive session Mark demoed the EchoSign and Salesforce1 mobile integration by walking through the process live from his iPad. He demonstrated various features from in-person signing to tracking and analytics capabilities within the Salesforce1 platform.

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Adobe EchoSign: Send, Sign, Track and File Contracts Quickly and Securely

The second EchoSign session featured Adobe Document Solutions Product Marketing Manager, Lisa Croft, a.k.a. @Acrogal! Lisa discussed how EchoSign removes the “signature road block” and creates a friction free process for your customers and an improved workflow for your business. This, coupled with the added benefit of the Salesforce1 mobile integration, makes EchoSign the ideal e-signature solution for business professionals looking to speed up their contracting process, eliminate timely and costly paperwork and streamline their overall workflow.

Overall the Salesforce 1 Tour D.C. event was another successful experience for the EchoSign team. Partnering with Salesforce to connect sales, service and marketing in one mobile-ready platform has allowed us to further help our customers close deals and get business done from anywhere, anytime and on virtually any device!

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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 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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