App Developers Need to be Ready for E-Signature Solutions on Mobile Devices

Mary Ellen Power, October 22, 2014

Supporting electronic signatures is becoming a priority for many businesses as they work to improve document management processes. E-signature technology can fuel innovation as it enables organizations to spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time focusing on both internal and external customers. The result is an operational climate in which organizations can find ways to simultaneously improve efficiency, documentation and regulatory compliance. With so much to be gained, many organizations have begun to fully embrace electronic signature software.

In particular, many businesses find themselves noticing a clear connection between the advances offered by mobile devices and those provided through e-signature functionality. Mobile devices give organizations the ability to empower their workers to get the job done more flexibly and efficiently. E-signatures enable that freedom by extending document management best practices, contract signing and use authentication to smartphones and tablets. All of this is coming together to make mobile devices and e-signatures a natural match and enabling electronic signatures on mobile devices.

According to a recent App Developer Magazine report, mobile devices and e-signatures are becoming so closely aligned that developers should work to find a way to integrate e-signature functionality into their solutions.

E-signatures and Mobile Device App Development

The news source explained that adding features like e-signatures to mobile device apps can be feasible, but it also creates a variety of unique challenges that need to be considered before releasing new solutions. One major point of emphasis is the need to make sure integration is easy. Developers shouldn't have to think of integrating e-signatures as a major roadblock to getting their solution out to market, and the entire process should not present any significant hurdles.

The report also emphasized being able to verify e-signatures both online and offline. Mobile users will usually have access to the Web either through Wi-Fi or their LTE connection, but there are times when connecting to the Internet isn't an option. Being able to handle signature processes offline can be a major asset under these circumstances.

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Supporting mobility plans

Many businesses trying to enable users to work as efficiently as possible on mobile devices are designing proprietary apps and services. Businesses taking on such projects need to be able to quickly and efficiently get solutions into production or risk missing value. Quick, efficient development is critical and the ability to effectively integrate e-signatures into the solutions is vital.