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12 September, 2013

Customers Join Prestigious Cloud

Presenting at 2013 RCSA International Conference in Queensland, Australia last month, provided an exciting opportunity to see how the widespread shift to cloud computing technology didn’t skip the recruitment and HR industry.   

The vast interest and response to Secured Signing’s compliant and secure user-based PKI digital signature cloud platform highlighted the industry’s indicative need for an efficient and timely full electronic registration process. Case studies of leading employment agencies that have already adopted the Secured Signing’s eForm and eSignature innovative system showcased the powerful benefits to businesses that are looking for complete and accurate electronic information, reliable online signing, significant cost reductions, heightened productivity, and flawless streamlined processes.  

RightScale’s 2013 State of the Cloud survey results reinforce the above phenomena:

“In our 2013 State of the Cloud survey, we were able to gather meaningful insights as to how anorganisation’s level of cloud maturity impacts both the benefits they are able to realise and the challenges they perceive,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale.

“The results reveal a clear cloud value imperative: more cloud adoption unlocks more cloud value...the data shows that investments in cloud adoption will continue to drive increased value for their businesses.” 

Addressing Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit on July 15th, Bill Gates Co-founder and chairman concluded it best: “I think it’s fair to say that we’re in a golden age of computer science.”

And no one wants to be left out.

Till next time,

Cheers, John 


22 August, 2013

Online Signing

Manpower Group, the multiple-branched global leader in the contingent and permanent recruitment force in Australia and New Zealand, chose the Secured Signing digital signature SaaS solution to implement an advanced paperless recruitment practice and save registration time.

Candidate registration procedures are at the core of any successful recruitment process; so, it was important for us to supply our team and customers with the best tool to ensure the gathering of complete information in a short period of time,” said Michael Cuzic, Director and CFO at Manpower Group. “Secured Signing gives candidates the flexibility to complete the online registration pack and sign from anywhere, at any time; this in turn, provides our consultants with advanced accurate information that leaves more time for in-depth interviews and assessments, and for Manpower, creates a competitive advantage within the industry.”

To achieve the above, the Secured Signing team transformed Manpower’s paper-based registration documents into an online branded forms and signing process. The consultant sends an e-mail invitation with a link to the candidate along a set time for completion, and the service provides any required reminders. The consultant, meanwhile, is able to view, oversee, and manage the online signing progress reports in real time.

Simon Withers recently wrote in the Guardian about the meaningful role of cloud (SaaS) transformation, concluding precisely with a statement of its significance: “You don’t need to be a business or technology expert to see that cloud computing is having a profound effect on some of our working practices. It’s hard to overestimate the significance of this culture change: just as businesses needed to evolve by the introduction of the PC or the Internet, the cloud represents another decade-defining shift of evolution...businesses are no longer asking “why cloud?” but “how do I get there?”

“It’s a pivotal era for IT and one where the most creative and innovative organisations, rather than their conservative counterparts, are going to thrive and emerge from this period of austerity stronger than ever.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


19 July, 2013Saving Costs

Choosing new innovative technology that’s right for your budget can save you money and maximise value. Javelin Strategy and Research’s latest study (9 July, 2013) provided additional proof that this is true.  Their findings, following an online survey of more than 18,000 consumers, showed an estimated $1.5 Billion US dollars a year can be saved by banks and the financial industry by using digital channels.  

Rackspace, in partnership with the Manchester Business School and the Vanson Bourne Market Research Group, conducted a survey of 1,300 UK and US businesses that used cloud solutions during the period from December 2012 to January 2013. Their irrefutable conclusion showed 88% of respondents indicated a benefit of cost savings, with 56% saying the cloud helped them to boost profits.  

Secured Signing’s personalized digital signature cloud solution fits perfectly with the above findings. Besides greater efficiency, productivity, and ease of online completion and signing of documents, users in small to large businesses are eliminating a significant amount of their variable, fixed, and directorial related costs. Whether it’s Jason Farrugia, Manager Strategic Procurement at Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Kevin Amedee, Director Entire Recruitment, or Kym Volp, Queensland State Manager, Evolve Scientific, (to name a few), there is nothing like Harold Geneen’s sentence to sum up the Secured Signing’s experience: “It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.”         

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


1 July, 2013

winning eSign solution

Our business world is comprised of Enterprise and Small to Medium Businesses (SMB’s) that are unable to avoid the technological changes that became common best practice. These changes include the adoption of digital signature SaaS (Cloud based) solutions. As a leading service provider for customised electronic fill-in and online signing of documents, we are often asked the about suitability and benefits to either of these type businesses:

For Enterprise – A recent publication by Ombud Open Research (27 June 2013) states that “Adoption of eSignature solutions has empowered visionary enterprises to lead their industries by streamlining entire business workflow into end-to-end digital processes. Companies who are interested in eSignature solutions to replace slow, complicated, manual processes are driving efficiency, reducing costs and improving the overall customer experience”.

According to their findings, enterprises that used the eSignature solution saw an 80% average reduction in turnaround time, $20 dollars average savings per document, and a fast rate of customers' acceptance in the first two weeks, 90% of US Bank customers adopted the use of eSignatures for account opening. 

In Yarra Ranges Council (Secured Signing’s customer) Procurement Officer’s words: “Timeframes for signature of Evaluation Reports and Contracts have reduced from 1-2 weeks into a matter of an afternoon. Cost and time saving is literally immeasurable, and has paved the way for us to move wholly into a paperless office.”

For SMBs – Microsoft’s latest study (Barry Levine, 14 June 2013) regarding overall SMB's Cloud implementation and perception revealed that 70% had saved money and time, and in turn, allowed them to invest back in other business areas, with 94% of participants reporting they now have security benefits they didn't have before. 

Secured Signing enables us to finalise deals and to sign contracts with our worldwide customers within minutes. Our ability to efficiently close those deals results in a positive response from our clients and therefore increased sales.”  John Kavanagh, Director, ASC Migration Pty Ltd.   

Ian Grayson’s latest statement (25 June) in The Australian sums it up perfectly: “SaaS is rapidly becoming the new normal.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


24 June, 2013

bookkeepers solution

You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.” anonymous

Bookkeepers’ today’s job?  Financial statements, accounts, balance sheet, debit and credit...Yesterday’s methods? Moving papers around, missing information, delays...Tomorrow’s business? Already here!

When Linda Nicolas, Registered BAS Agent, and Principal at Numerus Business Services required customers’ signatures on BAS lodgement authorisation and engagement letters, she found herself entangled in a long and dated process. She was no different to managers surveyed in a recent study commissioned by Adobe Systems Inc, which found the majority of them still relied on hard copy to get contracts signed.

D. Casey Flaherty, a corporate lawyer who overviewed the above study results in his latest article ‘Rethink Ink: Digital Signatures Are Faster & Safer’ (Law Technology News, 1June, 2013) was very expressive with his view about the latter: “Such madness needs to cease. Electronic signatures are an idea whose time has long since come.” 

Ms. Nicolas would definitely agree with him. She approached Secured Signing, the compliant User-Based, PKI, digital signature, SaaS solution, which enables her to invite customers to securely sign financial documents online. The essential practice significantly shortens her bookkeeping business processes, offers real- time process management, up-to-date progress monitoring, and upon completion, provides a detailed audit trail to all parties involved.

In Nicolas’s own words: “the Secured Signing solution saves me and my clients the lengthy, inefficient process of sending the document, printing it out, signing it, scanning it, and delivering around. It also solves the problem of a document’s poor quality by the time I get it back. I no longer need to try and remember who has signed and who hasn’t. I just lodge the document, and reminders are sent automatically until the online signing process is completed.”    

Till next time,

Cheers, John.