Various Technologies Factor Into the Adoption of E-Signatures
McIlroy said that AFTIA has seen organizations performing document and data capture in all kinds of variations. “We have done a lot of Adobe Experience Manager integrations with Adobe Sign, but what we’re seeing a lot of is Microsoft and Adobe really coming together to make it happen.”
While McIlroy said e-signature technology has been widely adopted, he acknowledged that many companies still aren’t using it to its full potential. “When the pandemic first hit, let’s face it, we had a lot of customers really freaking out,” he explained. “I think what’s happened for some customers is they’ve implemented the most important e-signature and digital workflow solutions that they have, the ones that were most impactful to their businesses. And they’ve stepped back a little bit.”
McIlroy noted that IT decision-making has changed since the onset of the pandemic. “During the pandemic, especially at the start of the pandemic, it was really interesting to watch a lot of departments trading ideas and calling each department and saying, ‘How did you do that? How can we work with that?’ It was emergency response mode,” he said.
Companies had to move quickly to adapt to the changing circumstances of remote work. “What we see is a big change moving forward, especially as organizations realize the competitive advantage of really optimizing digital workflows and e-signature and making them better and expanding them within the organization. We feel that there’s going to be a lot of C-suite interest in these initiatives, and the center of excellence approach really allows you to do it competently. If you’re going to bring it across the enterprise, you don’t want five different departments doing it a different way. You want it to be seamless.”
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E-Signature Technology Can Provide a Competitive Advantage
McIlroy said organizations want to do more with these tools. “I think it’s a huge competitive advantage for the companies that are really diving in.”
“We’ve seen a lot of new edge use cases, things that you may not have seen before that are pretty cool,” he continued. “There have been a lot of outdoor festivals, especially over the past four or five months, that are trying to reopen through the pandemic, and they’re using Adobe Sign to preregister people. It’s really saving them.”
For the most part, McIlroy said, he’s seen a lot of optimization of the usual suspects, such as HR documents like employee agreements. “There’s been so much change over the past two years. Employee agreements have evolved. Work-at-home policies are changing every day, so organizations can use digital workflows and e-signature to just re-up those employee agreements as they evolve.”