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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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June 11, 2014

E-signatures: Removing the last bottleneck to productive digital transactions

 

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In the modern business world, digital transactions are transforming every activity with the mass adoption of mobile devices, wireless capabilities and cloud computing. Electronic signatures, or e-signatures, are no different. has 34 million customers electronic business processes, increasing productivity and efficiency of the modern workforce.

Geoffrey Moore, renowned author (Crossing the Chasm), speaker, and business advisor, has released a new whitepaper focused on e-signatures and their adoption into the business process. The whitepaper explores how as a new, technology-savvy generation enters the workforce, companies must make the transition from traditional systems of records to a modernized type of IT – one that’s focused on systems of engagement.

Traditionally, IT has been focused around databases, where interests of the employee are subordinate to the dictates of the database. This type of system creates bottlenecks, which systems of engagement are designed to remove with a user-centric orientation.

E-signatures represent an aspect of the new era of IT, created to accelerate workflow and speed up the mission-critical process of obtaining signatures. The act of signing has been changed by our increasingly digital world, just as the processes of printing, scanning, faxing and mailing are no longer user-friendly, eco-friendly or bottom line business-friendly. Manual signatures delay business processes, increase administrative costs and add no value to the workflow. So why do companies still use them?

Making the transition to digital signatures and increasing your company’s system of engagement should be simple and easy for your organization. Click here for the whitepaper and learn how to incorporate an overall system of engagement at your company. Click here to sign up for a free trial of EchoSign.

Our VP of EchoSign, Jon Perera, interviewed Moore to ask him about the technology adoption life cycle and how businesses can successfully usher in the new era of IT. Watch the video 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 9, 2014

Adobe EchoSign’s new release puts e-signatures in the hands of over 1 billion users

LATEST blog picAdobe extends its leadership in digital documents by making the Adobe EchoSign electronic signature service readily available to the one billion business professionals who use Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft SharePoint 2013. The May release also introduces a streamlined user experience and industry-leading support for customized business workflows. Combined, these enhancements make it possible for more organizations to finish business faster and speed time to revenue. Today, Adobe EchoSign customers achieve an average of 85% reduction in contract signing times.

Since the December 2013 release, the Adobe EchoSign team has been focused on designing a superior e-signature experience that integrates seamlessly with business users’ preferred applications–and today’s release is the result. Now, Adobe EchoSign is instantly accessible within the most commonly used desktop and cloud-based document applications, making it easier than ever to integrate electronic signatures into business processes across Sales, HR, Legal, and Operations. Other key highlights of the May release include:

  • A new, streamlined user experience. The Adobe EchoSign May release introduces a simplified interface that’s quick and easy to navigate –for senders and signers alike. Plus, the new design ensures a consistent experience across devices, browsers, and screen resolutions.
  • Support for creating custom business workflows. Adobe EchoSign is the industry-leading e-signature platform that helps customers build and customize signing workflows uniquely tailored to suit individual business processes. Once built, these workflows can be published and used throughout the organization –helping improve compliance, minimize errors, and reduce costly rework during signing processes.
  • Flexible identity verification. Using two-factor authentication, senders can rest assured that the people they want to sign documents are the ones who actually do. This is easily setup by choosing from several identity verification methods such as password, knowledge-based authentication, or social identity.
  • Faster, easier administrative setup, user management, and permissions. Administrators can easily scale EchoSign within their organizations by creating, updating, and managing users in bulk, as well as controlling signing privileges within an account.
  • Expanded APIs. Underscoring its commitment to a standard and open platform for electronic signatures, Adobe continues to make more of Adobe EchoSign’s functionality accessible through APIs. Adobe EchoSign supports a comprehensive set of SOAP and REST-based APIs allowing developers to use their favorite tools and programming models of choice to build integrations into Adobe EchoSign.

Customers using Adobe EchoSign today include Citrix, Groupon, Foursquare, Foxtons, KIA, NEC Financial Services, NetApp, Rackspace, Ricoh, Shred-It, and more than 25% of the Fortune 100. Globally, more than 34 million users across 170 countries have already used Adobe EchoSign. This new release expands e-Signing to more than one billion users, helping organizations accelerate business processes, reach revenue faster, and meet corporate goals more efficiently.

“We trust Adobe for our e-signature needs across a range of critical business processes,” said Odus Wittenburg, senior vice president, Rackspace Americas. “Adobe EchoSign has literally saved us thousands of hours already. The advanced workflows and enterprise-strength e-Signature capabilities in the new release will help us further streamline critical business processes.”

If you haven’t used EchoSign yet, this is a great time to try it.  We invite you to sign up for a free trial now.

If you’re already an EchoSign customer, view the May release customer webinar to learn more about all of the new features.

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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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April 2, 2014

Accelerating document workflows

Automated tracking, routing, and eSignature capabilities have helped Pepperdine University optimize workflows ranging from grant applications to guest speaker contracts. With Adobe EchoSign and its built-in integration with Adobe Acrobat, the University improves collaboration while it reduces paper and ink consumption. pepperdine-147x83

“My goal is to have Adobe EchoSign used by everyone on campus, and EchoSign is both simple and powerful enough to encourage adoption,” says Jonathan See, chief information officer at Pepperdine University. “Adobe EchoSign is helping us cut costs and improve productivity, which gives faculty and staff more time to work on activities that directly benefit students.”

Read more about Pepperdine University’s success with Adobe EchoSign here.

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March 25, 2014

Do More on Your iPad: Adobe EchoSign App Update Now Available

By Mangesh Bhandarkar, Director Product Management, Adobe EchoSign

Today, Adobe EchoSign released the latest version of its app, making it easier to send, track and sign documents from anywhere on your iOS device. With this update, Adobe EchoSign for iOS continues to transform the way you work with the following enhanced features:

Create dynamic documents with calculated fields

With this release, EchoSign supports real-time calculations for users signing on iPads. You can create “dynamic contracts” by building in fields that automatically calculate values based on a formula or rule. Calculations can include mathematical functions and/or conditional logic. For example, if you are sitting face-to-face with a customer, your customer can choose the type of product, the quantity of product dynamically and, depending on the choices made by the customer, the total order price is dynamically calculated – all this even if you are offline.

Replace or delegate a document to a different signer

Once a document is sent for signature, a sender can easily replace a signer using this latest version of the EchoSign app. This may be needed when the original signer cannot sign the document for some reason, e.g. being on vacation.

Similarly, a signer who receives a document for signature can delegate and forward the document to someone else to sign. The ability to replace a signer or delegate to someone else avoids requiring users to resend or resign a document and helps to keep business moving forward.

With your mobile device, you have the ability to #SignAnywhere and with this latest update you can streamline this process even more. The free EchoSign for iOS app update is available at the iTunes App Store.

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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 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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