How Governments are Leading the Way with eSignatures

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 13-Mar-2017 12:35:30

Our popular blog series assessing how different industries can use SigningHub returns. Recent posts include real estate, architects and pharmaceutical organisations.

Government workers are some of the most paper-intensive users in the world. This makes many public sector departments ideal candidates to benefit from the deployment of eSignatures.


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Topics: electronic signature, e-signatures, esigning documents, best e-signature solution, #eSignature solution, eSigning solution, eSignature, electronic signatures in government

SHA1 is Dead – Why should you care?

Posted by Yasir Khan - Head of Product Development on 03-Mar-2017 12:53:08

SHA1 is officially dead. For everyday users of electronic signatures, SHA1 might not mean much to you but we can assure you, this development is incredibly important!

SHA1 is a hash algorithm - a type of security measure used in popular software across the world. This includes the majority of electronically signed documents.


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Topics: sha1 algorithm, sha1 security, SHA1, sha algorithm, SHA1 is dead, sha security

How to find the best e-Signature Solution for Banking

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 20-Feb-2017 13:40:58

Our blog series looking at how different industries can use SigningHub continues. Recent entries include real estate, architects, pharmaceutical organisations and governmental use .

Banks have a duty to customers. They must ensure personal and financial information is kept confidential at all times. There are many elements to this process, from encryption and two-factor authentication in mobile banking, to the questions asked over the phone to verify your identity.


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Topics: esign documents, esigning documents, best e-Signature Solution for Banking, eSigning solution, esignature solutions, esign, eSignature solutions in Banking

How to ensure secure and validated eSignatures

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 07-Feb-2017 13:07:46

Following on from the HR department, the next blog in our series exploring the business benefits of eSignatures is about the legal department.

Compliant document approval procedures are important in the departments we have previously discussed, but it is especially important for the legal department which has stricter regulations.

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Topics: e-sign, e-signing, e-signatures, esigning documents, e-sign documents, e-sign solutions, eSigning solution, legal e-signing, secure e-signing

Somo decreases contract turnaround time with SigningHub e-signing solution

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 01-Feb-2017 10:21:50

We’d like to share another customer story with you, this time from Somo.  The digital agency has built some of the most innovative and creative mobile products and campaigns in the market for leading global brands.

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Topics: esign documents, best e-signature solution, case study, e-signing solution, eSigning solution, contract management solutions

Facilitating speedy document workflow for the HR department

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 17-Jan-2017 11:00:29

Well managed human resources are essential to an organisation and it is vital to ensure the right HR procedures and documentation are in place for every department. HR is in charge of talent recruitment and personnel management processes – both of which involve multiple documents that need signing by multiple parties. 

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Topics: e-signatures, compliance, PDF/A, business, HR, managing human resources, human resource management

SigningHub Winter '17 Release

Posted by M Wahaj Khan on 02-Jan-2017 05:42:28

On 2nd January, Ascertia is launching the SigningHub Winter '17 release (v7.1). This is with many time-saving, ease of use and security enhancements to ensure a great user experience (UX). 

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Topics: Document signing, New Release, digital signing, user experience, security enhancements, winter release, Major Release

Streamlining the Procurement Process with eSignatures

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 14-Dec-2016 14:50:28

In this blog series we've been exploring the benefits of eSignatures for different business departments including marketing, sales and finance. This week we discuss the benefits for procurement. 

Every stage in the procurement process relies heavily on documentation and approval. From initial purchase requisition and requests for quotations, through to comparative bid analysis, contracts, purchase orders and goods received notes – each component of the procurement process needs to be clearly read, policy-checked, administered, approved and filed as documents make their way through the supply chain.

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Topics: e-signatures, procurement, procurement services, procurement process, contract management solutions

How eSignatures Make Marketing Teams More Productive

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 06-Dec-2016 10:23:27

Next in our blog series outlining how different business departments can benefit with SigningHub in the marketing department.

Now more than ever, marketing teams have to remain creative, productive and focused on customers. They cannot be delayed by slow internal processes or bogged down chasing busy senior managers for approvals.

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Topics: electronic signature, productivity, marketing, marketing department, eSigning solution, electronic signature solution

Making Non-Compliance a Thing of the Past: How eSignatures Benefit the Pharmaceutical Industry

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 29-Nov-2016 14:22:26

In our latest blog series, we assess how different industries can use SigningHub to strengthen document security and increase productivity. Our most recent posts covered real estate and architects.

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Topics: e-signing, best e-signature solution, Pharmaceutical industry, e-signing solution, e-Signature solutions

Highly Secure and Efficient: Time for an Electronic Invoice System

Posted by Craig Roberts on 14-Nov-2016 08:21:31

Invoices are an integral part of any business. Most organisations now have electronic invoicing systems and archive documents in digital form. This is much more efficient than paper and post but digital documents still need to be created and archived securely to prevent fraud.

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Topics: e-signing, eSeal, electronic seal, invoices, einvoicing, einvoice, electronic invoicing, electronic invoices

EuroCloud accelerates approval process and ensures EU compliance with SigningHub

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 03-Nov-2016 10:47:49

We want to share a recent customer story with you from EuroCloud.

EuroCloud Europe is a pan-European non-profit organisation focusing on cloud computing. It fosters the development of a European Digital Single Market and has strong relationships with local governments and the European Commission.

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Topics: eIDAS,, e-signing, eu qualified signatures, EU policies, eu legislation, european law, eu directives, eSeal, EU regulations, european legislation, case study, #EU, #eSignature solution

Bricks, Mortar and Digital Signatures

Posted by Chris Piercey on 25-Oct-2016 16:01:51

In our latest series of blogs, we delve into a specific industry to explore how solutions such as SigningHub can strengthen document security and increase productivity. Our most recent post covered real estate .

Modern architecture is one of humanity’s marvels. As a society, we’ve conquered incredible heights and distances through the combined power of engineering, mathematics and physics.

Underpinning every new structure or building is an army of architects working relentlessly to complete the project on time and to the highest standards. These firms visualise our houses, workplaces, cultural monuments and the infrastructure we use on a daily basis.

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Topics: digital signatures, digital signing, signing contracts online, digital document signing, electronic signing of documents

SigningHub Autumn '16 Release

Posted by Bilal Ashraf on 19-Sep-2016 14:43:16
 
On 30 th September, Ascertia is launching the SigningHub Autumn '16 release (v7). This is a completely revamped UI/UX that will provide enhanced and smooth experience to the users.
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Topics: digital signatures, Document signing, New Release, e-signatures, mobile app, user experience, security enhancements, mobile web, Major Release, autumn release

Estate Agents: Can You Really Trust Your Digital Signatures?

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 15-Sep-2016 14:07:52

The benefits of digital signatures are well documented. Faster transactions. Less contract issues. An improved rate of sale thanks to an easier approval process.

Any estate agency would be happy with these results. And, if we’re being honest, most digital signature products deliver these outcomes.

What is often overlooked, however, is the legal implications associated with weak digital signature security.

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Topics: digital signatures, digital signing, real estate, legal binding, legal agreement

5 Unusual Places to Approve a Document

Posted by Victoria Morgan on 25-Aug-2016 15:14:19

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s likely you or your colleagues are jetting off to far-flung destinations. In an ideal world, work can wait until you get back but sometimes there are certain tasks that need your approval even when you should be taking time off.

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Topics: online digital signatures, online document signing, document approval, sign documents online, document approval workflow

How to Provision Users in SigningHub

Posted by M Wahaj Khan on 17-Aug-2016 14:09:00

Creating a SigningHub account is simple but provisioning hundreds or even thousands of users can be complex. This blog aims to simplify and explain the SigningHub provisioning options:

  • Self-provisioning
  • Enterprise provisioning
    • SigningHub Admin based provisioning
    • Programmatic provisioning
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Topics: digital signing, user experience, Enterprise provisioning, Provisioning SigningHub users, Auto Provisioning

Welcoming eIDAS – What Regulatory Changes Do I Need to Make?

Posted by Craig Roberts on 01-Jul-2016 11:00:41

eIDAS comes into effect across 28 EU Member States today. The regulation’s aim is to enable greater cross-border recognition of electronic Trust Services (eTS) and eIDs.

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Topics: eIDAS,, esignatures,, eu qualified signatures, european union, EU policies, eu legislation, european law, eu directives, eSeal, electronic seal, EU regulations, european legislation

Moving to the Cloud: Benefits and Concerns

Posted by Sam Crook on 08-Jun-2016 12:25:43

Cloud is fast becoming the new normal for businesses. A recent survey by Intel revealed that in the next 16 months 80% of IT budgets will be invested in cloud technology. Considering the many benefits it is no surprise that companies are considering the move to the cloud.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, cloud solutions, advanced digital signatures, cloud, advanced electronic signatures, cloud-based e-signature solutions

SigningHub Summer '16 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on 01-Jun-2016 07:56:34

On 31st May, Ascertia launched the SigningHub Summer '16 release (v6.5). With a new mobile app and support for mobile web, this release provides the best user experience to date!

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Topics: digital signatures, Document signing, New Release, e-signatures, mobile app, user experience, security enhancements, summer release, mobile web

How e-Signatures Benefit the Finance Department

Posted by Sam Crook on 09-May-2016 08:10:27

In our latest series of blogs, we explain how SigningHub can be used across a company and how different lines of business can transform their document workflows. We started with the sales department, next is finance.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, productivity, document workflow, finance department, finance managment, PDF/A, financial managment, finance, business, finance management software

How to Accelerate Your Sales with Digital Signatures

Posted by Sam Crook on 22-Apr-2016 15:41:08

In this new series of blogs, we explain how SigningHub can be used across a business and how different lines of business can transform their document workflows. We start with the sales department and business development.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, productivity, sales, compliance, sales management software, sales tracking software, sales increment, document workflow, sales managment, business

SigningHub Wins Productivity and Collaboration Product of the Year at the UK Cloud Awards 2016

Posted by Sam Crook on 15-Apr-2016 11:35:33

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Productivity and Collaboration Product of the Year at the UK Cloud Awards 2016. This is a great achievement for us and is recognition of our commitment to providing a secure e-signature solution that enables teams to accelerate the signing process.

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Topics: digital signatures, cloud signing, productivity, best e-signature solution, collaboration, e-signature solution, UK Cloud Awards, UK Cloud Awards 2016, UK cloud market

Implementing Corporate eSeals on business documents – the eIDAS Way!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 08-Apr-2016 12:51:50

Corporate seals have been used by companies to protect paper documents from forgery for a long time.  A document stamped with the company seal implied that it was officially from the company, i.e. the legal entity rather than a natural person such as the company director. 

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Topics: digital signatures, eIDAS,, e-signatures, eu qualified signatures, EU news, european union, EU policies, EU data protection, eu legislation, european law, eu directives, eSeal, electronic seal, EU regulations, european legislation

Has EU-US Data Transfer Deal Reached a Safe Harbor?

Posted by Sam Crook on 23-Feb-2016 12:51:21

It is challenging to write about Safe Harbor, the international data sharing agreement, because the situation is changing daily. A replacement framework was announced in early February. Five days later, scepticism and confusion followed.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, eu qualified signatures, EU news, european union, EU data protection directive, EU data privacy, EU policies, EU data protection, Safe Harbor

SigningHub Spring '16 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on 17-Feb-2016 12:34:24

On 22nd February Ascertia launches SigningHub Spring '16 release (v6.4). Packed full of features and security this revision builds on the solid foundation and simply improves the best signing service available.

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Topics: bulk signing, New Release, user experience, workflow evidence report, local signing, spring release, bulk sign

Local signing with smartcards just got a little easier!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 08-Feb-2016 13:35:58

Introduction

Local signing  - i.e. where the signing key is held locally by the user on a Secure Signature Creation Device (SSCD) typically in the form of a tamper-resistant smartcard or USB token - had hit a serious roadblock in recent months.  

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Topics: online document signing, Document signing, local signing, strong security

How e-Signatures Improve Workplace Productivity and Workflows

Posted by Sam Crook on 19-Jan-2016 14:00:48

The successful digitisation of business processes is not an easy undertaking. Paperless offices may still be some way away. However, many core business tasks have been significantly improved through innovative technologies and solutions. One of the main drivers behind these enhancements is the desire of businesses for a more productive, efficient and cost effective workplace.

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Topics: e-signatures, workflow managment, productivity

6 common threats to your e-signed documents

Posted by Craig Roberts on 12-Jan-2016 12:25:10

Have you considered whether your e-signatures can survive court scrutiny? It's unlikely you would be asking your customers, employees or partners to sign documents unless you wanted their agreement to be legally-binding in case of disputes. 

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Topics: e-sign, esign documents, esigning documents, e-sign documents, e-document signing, e-sign solutions, e-sign document

Digital Signatures: The Business Benefits - Published in Fresh Business Thinking

Posted by Sam Crook on 28-Dec-2015 08:52:54

Rod Crook, our Solutions Director, was recently asked by industry publication Fresh Business Thinking to write a guest article. Titled ‘Going digital: The benefits of digital signatures for businesses’, the article explains the advantages for organisations searching for ways to improve business efficiencies. He also offers advice around how to choose a suitable solution in a congested marketplace.

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Topics: digital signatures, digital signing, best signing solution, signing solution