Simple electronic signatures are useful for many tasks performed by enterprises, but legal professionals have sometimes had to resort to handwritten signatures when dealing with highly regulated areas, jurisdictions that are not favorable for the use of simple electronic signatures, or certain types of contracts. These parallel needs have led many offices to adopt parallel processes: one for electronic signatures and one for handwritten signatures. As a result, these organizations have been creating waste and risk, the two things they turned to electronic signatures to prevent in the first place.
Two classes of documents
All documents need to end up at the same place, but the process for getting handwritten documents into storage can be unreliable and inconsistent. Handwritten documents lack the audit trails offered with electronic signatures, so of course their voyage through the signature process can’t be tracked. Once signed, handwritten signatures have to be scanned and processed through optical character recognition, which may or may not result in them becoming searchable. Dual processes impact productivity, too, creating confusion among employees about correct workflow and current status of approvals.
Inconsistent handling creates the potential for errors that can impact the validity of an agreement or compliance with a regulation.
A single source is stronger
But when digital signatures can be executed within a signing solution, all documents are the same. They are trackable, storable, and searchable, with no additional effort or waste.
Adobe Acrobat DC makes digital signatures as simple to use as electronic signatures—and a good deal simpler to use than handwritten signatures. Adobe Acrobat DC works with existing certificates, so there is no need to obtain new certificates.
The need to run two solutions is obsolete. Anything that can be done with a handwritten signature can now be done from Adobe Acrobat DC.
The lingua franca of authenticity
Whether an organization needs digital signatures to conduct business with specific purposes or particular jurisdictions, the solution is now available within Adobe Acrobat DC.
Legal professionals can expand their use of digital signatures, and in turn, businesses can gain the benefits of broader and deeper rollouts of digital contracting across the globe and within regulated industries.
Digital signatures simplified
Adobe has been developing electronic signatures since the late 1990s, and now we’re bringing the next generation of signature technology to businesses: digital signatures that are easily executable from within Adobe Acrobat DC. This is the approach that makes sense for the way companies do business today: simplified, streamlined, and swift.
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