Modern document management and ECM systems use electronic routing to simplify and speed up many aspects of the typical workflow. Unfortunately, one relic from the slow and impractical days of paper use has continued to bottleneck this otherwise efficient process - the need for signatures. Unique, legally binding signatures are still required on many documents, and this used to entail printing out and manually signing an electronically filled document somewhere in the workflow before it could be scanned back in and sent to the next step.
You don't have to struggle with this outdated process anymore!
In 2000 the ESIGN Act (Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act) was enacted. This act states that a contract or signature "may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form."
Electronic signatures allow you to sign your documents using a quick, simple, and secure method, right from your computer. You will save money, time, and trees by removing the need to print and scan documents in the workflow just to get a signature. Simply press a single button, and your document is signed! Security is also improved by ensuring your document and signature have not been tampered with after signing. This is the new, modern way of validating documents.
How can you incorporate Electronic Signatures into your workflow?
Many software developers whose products are carried by ScanStore now include digital signature capabilities. Among these software are the following:
Digitech Systems PaperVision Enterprise allows users to include a validated electronic form or signature with a document as part of a review or approval process, with built-in security measures.
CompuThink Contentverse includes an "electronic signature capture" module, which enables users across the system to enter their signature into a secure data bank (featuring a unique username and password for each user) within the program, and can pull it up (once their identity is validated) to apply to documents as needed.
Find out more by reading our full Electronic Signature Guide at the link above.