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13 March 2014

In the global IT world, the 1980s is known for the emergence of the international network we know today as the Internet. While more than three decades have passed, the influence of technology hasn’t been equally experienced by all industries.

Let’s look at Cloud Computing as an example. Despite being described by TJ McCue as a tornado rather than the slow-moving, fluffy white, cloud image so many of us hold, the technology hasn’t been  quickly adopted by what could be considered to be the more conservative organisations. 

A recent piece in Forbes (23 Feb 2014) by Joe McKendrick related to Government utilisation of cloud computing. McKendrick interviewed Dr. Rick Holgate, president of the American Council for Technology (ACT), who sees the cloud as one of three powers of innovation that is sweeping US government agencies: “Cloud computing is more than just the latest in a series of attempts to pare down government spending - it’s a getaway to unprecedented innovation in a sector known more for bureaucratic inertia.”

Secured Signing, the Australasian trusted digital signatures cloud solution, is part of this significant shift with its offer to fill-in and eSign electronic documents. The online signing and use of advanced electronic signatures by government agencies eliminates the paper trail, improves efficiency, shortens approval times, and as mentioned by Dr. Holgate above, cuts unnecessary costs.

The efficiency gains and document security benefits of electronically signed documents is immense. Secured Signing has saved Yarra Rangers a lot of administration time and significantly reduced printing consumable envelope and postage costs, and has also allowed us to be a greener organisation by reducing our paper consumption.” Jason Farrugia, Manager Strategic Procurement, Yarra Ranges Shire Council 

For Manningham, the primary driver has been about simplicity and making it quicker and simpler for people to sign, but it is nice to know we are also introducing a clearer audit trail into our signing process with Secured Signing giving us the same security that underpins all online commerce and banking.” Tim Lawson, Manager of Procurement Contracts, Manningham City Council.   

Till next time,

Cheers, John.


25 February, 2014

Anne M. Mulcahy once said: “Customers require the effective integration of technologies to simplify their workflow and boost efficiency.”

Well, it is the customers as well as a company’s employees, managers, and stakeholders who applaud Secured Signing’s latest innovative development that allows recruitment companies and HR Departments to fill a large number of positions rapidly.

With Robert Walter’s latest annual salary survey (10 February 2014) predicting an increased activity in the property, construction, and IT industries, the ability to broadcast mass invitations for candidates to fill-in and eSign large amounts of paperwork becomes of paramount importance.  

Digital Signature

Secured Signing’s bulk recruitment solution enables the HR / Recruitment consultant to digitally and promptly:

  • Choose suitable forms
  • Add lists of candidates
  • Send bulk invitations to fill-in and sign online documents
  • Monitor and manage the process in real-time
  • Automate return of completed forms (in PDF format), to all parties

The adoption of a streamlined hiring process facilitates a cost-effective, accurate, and reliable electronic process which at Secured Signing also incorporates the X509 Personalised PKI Digital Signature that highly secures technology to certify signatories’ authenticity, data integrity, and ensure non-repudiation of forms and transactions.

Couldn’t ask for more.

Till next time,

Cheers, John     


30th January, 2014

Digital Signature Story

Once upon a time... a digital signature expert walked in his garden thinking about how to create the most secure environment for people and businesses to fill-in and sign their electronic documents.

Using any existing electronic signature was not an option as they were vulnerable to forgery and tampering. An additional measure of security would have to be added to prevent someone from typing in someone else’s name. Equipped with his extensive knowledge and experience in the field, he chose to create the Secured Signing Service in which his team incorporated personalised X509 user-based PKI Digital Signature technology that applies cryptographic operation and certifies all signatories’ accountability, authenticity, data integrity, and non-repudiation of documents and transactions.

The legal aspect was equally important and thoroughly explored. Right from its start, Secured Signing complied with ESIGN, UETA, and worldwide Electronic Transactions Acts.  From this strong base, everything rolled out quickly as Secured Signing proceeded to develop the most reliable, technologically advanced, customer-centred podium:

  • No limitation on number of users or invitees - a single user to large organisation can easily access and use the Secured Signing service
  • Multiple eSigning and eForm options - fill-in / sign documents online, invite others to fill-in / sign, or invite a witness to the online signing process  
  • Flexibility to connect from any environment at any time – easily access your online signing place through your website, desktop, or any mobile device
  • Customised branding and API choices - enable businesses and organisations to interact and incorporate ‘Secured Signing’ on board - while keeping their own look, and corporate identity.

And the story continues with Secured Signing’s outstanding performance and service to its customers - employees and management who make it all happen - as Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.    


17 December, 2013

SSL Reaches New Highs

At this time of year, we are busy examining last year’s events and achievements, while engaging in predictions and plans for the coming one. Whether it’s our personal life or work journey, and whether we aware of it or not, no one escapes this inevitable meaningful process.   

On December 3rd, Forbes released IDC’s Top Ten Technology Predictions for 2014. The one that definitely stole the title of the list was about the spending on Cloud Computing in 2014, which is predicted to reach the $100b mark!

The research firm explains this colossal figure with the inclusion of cloud infrastructure, software, and payment for service. Furthermore, their results envisage a dramatic increase in services’ specialised areas, raise of data centres’ numbers, and a battle for cloud developers that will enhance this inevitable growth.

So, where do we fit in the above picture, and what does our soul searching reveal? Well, in 2013 Secured Signing’s customer base expanded remarkably with new users of our innovative Pay As You Go plan, from companies who required our customised concepts or businesses, and organisations that chose to use Secured Signing’s compliant and comprehensive digital signature and eForm solution as is.

Growing involvement with a variety of industries throughout this year revealed a significant transformation from paper-based business processes to electronic ones. Besides a search for improved efficiency, reduction in operational and processing costs, easy implementation, and other obvious advantages, the customers’ decision to adopt our Cloud service is primarily due to Secured Signing’s high and unique level of security offered: the User’s Encrypted Personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature Certificate that seals and protects your electronic document and automatically detects and notifies of any changes. 

And as for 2014 plans? An exciting new website, incredible new cutting-edge features, and of course, our continuing renowned professional customer service.            

I would like to finish this year’s blog with a sincere Thank You for your continued support, engaging comments, and ongoing contribution. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a Great Festive Season, and a Healthy, Happy New Year!

Till next time,

Cheers, John.    


19 November, 2013

MYOB’s research into online technology usage by small to medium businesses (October 2013) shows more than one-third reduce their potential business results by omitting digital technology opportunities. The study reveals SMEs that use cloud computing were 59 percent predisposed to experience an increase in their annual revenue compared with non-cloud users.

According to the research, these are SMEs’ top five reasons for using the cloud:opportunity

  • Reduced IT costs
  • Greater access to technology
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Increased productivity
  • Staying up-to-date with software

MYOB’s Business Division General Manager, James Scollay says: “Businesses that use online technologies increasingly outperforming their less savvy competitors.

IBM’s survey, that reviewed mainly large companies and was published in October 2013, reinforces the latter. According to IBM’s study, organisations that adopt cloud computing nearly double their revenue growth, and achieve close to 2.5 times higher gross profit compared to their rival companies. The survey also found that one out of five leading organisations, who are ahead in the adoption of the technology, reported obtaining not only cost reductions and improved efficiency, but also a significant competitive advantage in their markets.

Secured Signing, the leading provider of eSignature and eForm SaaS solutions, delivers these kinds of benefits to its worldwide customers and their clients, with the certainty of the compliant and highly secure user-based PKI digital signature technology:

"Secured Signing gives candidates the flexibility to complete the online registration pack and sign from anywhere, at any time...for Manpower, this creates a competitive advantage within the industry. Manpower Group

“We have a more streamlined sales force now, using cutting-edge tools and technology.” Digital Mobile

“Cost and time saving is literally immeasurable, and has paved the way for us to move wholly into a paperless office.” Yarra Ranges Council

And as Ayn Rand once said: “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

Till next time,

Cheers, John.