DocuSign's Web Service for Smaller Players

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?

 

Even businesses that rarely execute contracts can benefit—DocuSign offers a service called DocuSign Web that is geared toward businesses with a low volume of contract processing and that use only simple contracts.

DocuSign helps to create a lot of opportunity for solution providers servicing businesses, beyond just the initial setup. Partners can use DocuSign as a path to introducing their customers to e-discovery solutions or to help round out compliance requirements, both of which can be labor- and services-intensive options that are required by some businesses. DocuSign also helps partners to introduce customers to paperless or reduced paper environments, and the ideology behind DocuSign can be applied to many other areas, such the human resources process and e-mail archiving.

The beauty of DocuSign for partners comes down to the fact that the product solves a current business problem and helps to highlight other business problems, which the partner can act upon and offer services to solve.

Product pricing is based upon a formula of number of users, number of contracts and service level required. Basic pricing for DocuSign Web starts at $19.95 per user, per month, while DocuSign Professional starts at $39.95 per user, per month. Both service levels offer storage of 100 documents and unlimited signatures. The company also offers custom plans and volume discounts.

 
 
 
 
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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