Build vs Buy: Building the Foundation for a Successful E-signature Transformation

John Fraser, March 11, 2015

Tens of thousands of companies have deployed e-signature solutions and millions have e-signed using out-of-the-box e-signature software.  The solution providers have designed, revised and updated to meet the needs of the masses.  The best e-signature solutions are built on core competency knowledge and experience. So why re-invent the wheel? With an out-of-the-box e-signature solution, the time and energy invested in software development, testing and quality assurance is delivered up front. The enterprise only needs to concentrate on customizing to unique specifications. And, if your company is asking for something totally outside of the box, dig deep and ask why. Often, a never ending list of extraordinary needs is the result of trying to jam e-signatures into a process that needs to be evaluated at a higher level. For instance, I often hear about the need for scanning features to be built into the e-signature product. But upon examination, this can be found in what already is being used.  Exporting documents into digital PDF format can be accomplished directly in the platform through the use of a PDF print driver or a component like e-SignLive’s print driver. A seasoned e-signature solution provider, such as e-SignLive, provides a multitude of out-of-the-box integrations with third-party business tools, tools that require as little as 30 minutes to integrate e-signatures into a workflow, and SDKs that enable faster e-signature integration into applications. During the e-signature procurement process, make sure you’re getting software and expertise relating to your needs. This includes your industry’s processes, compliance and regulatory issues, and best practices. Rather than starting from scratch, buy all that you can and then build the rest taking full advantage of the expertise of the team that comes with the e-signature solution.