DocuSign's Latest Features

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2008-07-31 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Most businesses are trapped in a world of paper contracts and authorizations; can DocuSign's updated e-signature solution bring freedom?

New features include:

  • Real-time e-form data collection—using the new SecureFields technology that allows data fields of all types to be assigned to specific recipients in a transaction workflow, and enables straight-through processing.

  • PowerForms—secure DocuSignable PDF forms that can be distributed in any fashion and can be electronically signed and routed with centralized control. Includes rights management controls for different users.

  • Bulk Sending with Data Integration—allows contracts to be automatically sent to thousands of recipients with custom fields and workflow on each one.

  • Freeform Signing—allows recipients to sign simple contracts by dragging and dropping their signatures, initials and other elements into the document where the contract indicates.

  • Intelligent Document Recognition—uses AI to recognized contracts and apply the proper workflow to them on the fly.

  • Web Services API—enables businesses to integrate DocuSign into their existing applications enabling full automation of the contract execution phase.

The new features combined with the product's existing capabilities help to remove any excuse for businesses to still use paper in the contracting process. Getting started with the product is relatively easy, thanks to the SAAS model used.

Businesses will need an account with DocuSign, and will have to install the DocuSign Professional client on an appropriate Windows system, preferably a system used by the individual who manages contracts in the company.

 
 
 
 
Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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