Adobe Embraces Open Electronic Signature Specification

    Thanks to the rise of digital business, the usage of electronic signatures has become a lot more common. Today, Adobe announced it wants to accelerate that adoption via an update to the Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Sign cloud services that adds support for an open e-signature standard developed by the Cloud Signature Consortium.

    As a provider of workflow software and services that revolve around documents, Lisa Croft, group product marketing manager for Adobe, says that from a legal perspective e-signatures have been instrumental in expanding the number and types of processes that can be digitized.

    “We’ve seen digital signatures just open up a range of possibilities,” says Croft.

    But as e-signatures become more widely employed, Croft says, various governing bodies around the world have been pushing for an open standard that makes it simpler for an electronic signature to move through a process spanning applications from multiple vendors.

    In fact, to help accelerate that transition, Adobe also announced today it has created a mobile application for Adobe Sign that makes it simpler to incorporate mobile devices in those processes using Adobe Sensei machine and deep learning algorithms that Adobe has embedded in its cloud service. At the same time, Adobe moved to enhance the document routing capabilities of it service by, for example, making integration with Microsoft SharePoint platforms available.


    For all the hype surrounding digital business these days, most of those initiatives start out with a simple form running on a mobile computing device that needs to be signed. Once that form becomes a digital artifact, it’s not too long before organizations start reimagining how entire processes can be made efficient now that millions of tons of paper no longer needs to be shipped, printed or stored in a warehouse. As profound a change as that may seem, however, none of it can occur without someone being able to sign on what is now a digital dotted line.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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