We at Tech Essentials realize this has been a doozy of a week in terms of news—mostly political and mostly bad. For those who needed a respite from Tuesday’s chaotic debate and the torrent of election-focused headlines, we offered a live virtual conference yesterday that highlighted how customers are using RPost’s RMail and RSign products to optimize financial processes, transaction automation and affordability with feature-rich e-sign and e-security.
It is easy to fall into a workplace routine; you know how to get something done and your process works. Eventually you look to train others to use the shortcuts and process that you have found works, happy to hand off the tasks to another.
Impressions of e-signatures today still depend on who you ask. Many users report e-signatures today as “a life saver”, but some still think of e-signature services as “scary to use” or “simply not trustworthy”.
Electronic signature technology is already the industry standard for executing business contracts in almost every industry. Professionals in real estate, legal services, investment management and insurance, particularly, have adopted use of this technology to transact efficiently. As e-signatures have now reached mainstream levels of adoption, where does the technology go from here?
Much of the uncertainty as to the legality of electronically signed contracts has dissipated over the last decade and a half — through definitions in the broad state (UETA) and Federal (ESIGN) statutes, and through practice by the first few waves of adopters.
E-signature technology offers much more than just the ability to get a document signed remotely.
E-signature technology also provides businesses with the opportunity to completely reinvigorate decades-old business processes, enhance productivity, and automate mundane work flows.
People use e-signatures every day without even realizing they’re “e-signing” — signing on an electronic signature pad at grocery store check-out, replying to an email with a typed confirmation of terms, or putting in a PIN code for a debit card transaction, for example. Most people have no doubts about the legality of these everyday “e-sign” transactions.
You may remember the 2012 LinkedIn data breach, in which 6.5 million LinkedIn user accounts were believed to have been compromised. According to BBC and LinkedIn itself, the number of affected LinkedIn users from that 2012 data breach could actually be upwards of 100 million, or the majority of the 165 million users LinkedIn had in 2012.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for compliance with specific regulations in 21 CFR Part 11. This guidance is intended to describe the FDA’s current thinking regarding the scope and application of part 11 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations; Electronic Records; Electronic Signatures (21 CFR Part 11).
An important trend for companies today is use of web-based messaging and CRM platforms such as Salesforce.com to manage, track and/or secure outbound correspondence. While some of these platforms let you send attached documents with your message, most (including Salesforce.com) do not save copies of attachments in the sent record stored in the web-based system.