Montreal, QC, April 16, 2009 - Silanis Technology, the electronic signature provider for the US Army and dozens of other government agencies, today announced a partnership with Enterprise Information Management, Inc. (EIM). The partnership aims to help agencies eliminate the cost, delays and errors associated with processing paperwork to authorize government decisions and approve requests, while ensuring unprecedented transparency into the process.
“The current economic crisis is increasing the demands on government agencies to take quick action and eliminate wasteful spending. Adding complexity to the problem is the need to document processes and hold people accountable,” says Tommy Petrogiannis, President and Co-Founder of Silanis. “EIM’s extensive experience helping government agencies to transform their operations and achieve these goals is one of the reasons why Silanis has forged a partnership with them.”
The partnership marries Silanis’ electronic signature solutions and EIM’s rapid business automation and application services to eliminate the inefficiencies of paper in government approval processes by enabling documents and forms to be signed electronically. This eliminates the need to print, circulate and scan documents back into electronic format for storage and retrieval, thus making paperless, environmentally sustainable work processes a reality.
“Silanis and EIM’s partnership aims to make it as easy as possible for government and commercial organizations to eliminate inefficiencies, avoid unnecessary costs and increase responsiveness,” says Bruce Lyman, President of EIM. “By combining our expertise, we can offer clients a more complete solution while reducing the time and effort to achieve straight-through, electronic processing.”
Built on an already impressive joint track record, the Silanis and EIM partnership is responsible for the transformation of the entire US Army from manual paper-based forms to efficient, electronic processes as part of the Army Publishing Content Management System - the largest deployment of electronic forms and e-signatures in the world.
The U.S. Army’s enterprise deployment of e-signatures, IBM Lotus forms and IBM Content Management is expected to generate an estimated $1.3 billion in annual savings. Electronically processing evaluation forms alone is estimated to result in a cost avoidance savings of more than $28 million. Personnel around the world can complete these evaluation forms in days instead of months.
“Electronic signatures are essential for government agencies that are looking to get the full value from their investment in enterprise content management,” adds Petrogiannis. “What’s more, Silanis and EIM can take government agencies beyond the immediate cost and time-saving benefits of e-signatures to enforce business, legal and regulatory requirements.”
Silanis’ new generation, Electronic Signature Process Management (ESPM) offers more than simple signature capture. It also controls the entire approval process from beginning to end to ensure that all steps, documents, information and signatures are properly executed, and that strong electronic evidence is collected. This helps government agencies to reinforce compliant processes and facilitate auditing to cope with increased oversight and reporting requirements.
Silanis Technology Inc. is a leading provider of e-signature process management solutions. Some of the world’s largest insurance and financial services companies, major government agencies, integrators and service providers depend on Silanis to accelerate business transactions and reduce costs while improving compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Silanis’ electronic signature platform, ApproveIt, is an enterprise-class e-signature process management solution that transforms paper-based transactions to all-electronic, web-based processes for e-commerce and e-government.
EIM is a veteran-owned company with expertise in the rapid automation of business processes, offering solutions that centralize content management, simplify and streamline data collection, automate routing & tracking, and expedite reporting. In operation since 1996, EIM delivers complex, business and information technology solutions to federal government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide. As a Premier IBM Business Partner, EIM crosses the breadth of the IBM Software portfolio to ensure program success that is results-driven and measurable. Visit us at www.eim-worldwide.com