Which E-Signature Deployment Option is Right For You?

Dilani Silva, November 1, 2016

Deciding whether to implement software in the cloud or on-premises is a tough decision faced by many organizations. For IT decision makers, balancing data security, total cost of ownership (TCO), ease of implementation, and customization capabilities are just some of the criteria they need to consider when choosing the correct deployment option for their organization.

In recent years, cloud deployments have gained popularity. According to a recent article by Gartner, "More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age." This is no surprise – organizations realize the many benefits cloud computing has to offer, such as reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), multitenancy options, and its scalability. 

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Organizations in highly regulated industries, such as financial services and government, however have traditionally shied away from cloud technology. They’ve put their trust in deploying apps on-premises, because they want more control over their infrastructure and data versus relying on third party vendors. But this is changing in a big way. Within the government sector, for example, there has been a spike in the proportion of agencies that have moved to the cloud due to new "cloud-first" policies and the availability of government-wide programs, such as FedRAMP.  

As your organization evaluates cloud and on-premises deployment options in the context of an e-signature application, there are a number of things to consider. It’s important for organizations to carefully analyze the advantages and challenges of the various deployment methods available in the market:


The decision is often a difficult one, there’s really no right or wrong answer. The deployment option you choose should be based on your organization’s business needs, IT expertise and infrastructure. What’s important to remember is that you choose an e-signature partner that can scale with your organization – today and tomorrow.  

OneSpan Sign Offers Flexible Deployment Options

While most e-signature vendors only offer a one-size-fits-all deployment approach, OneSpan has been recognized by Forrester as "the strongest vendor with both an on-premises and a cloud offering." Unique to the e-signature market, OneSpan not only offers public cloud, private cloud and on-premises deployment options, but also offers the exact same product, the same code base and the same user experience without compromising on security or functionality.  

Whether you deploy your application in the cloud or on-premises, OneSpan is with you every step of the way with a flexible deployment architecture. Our single e-signature platform means that you can start developing using a common REST API and fully supported SDKs and deploy OneSpan Sign however and wherever you want. And if your needs change over time, we are the only e-signature provider to give you the flexibility you need to quickly migrate from one deployment to the other.  

Interested in trying OneSpan Sign? Sign up for a 30-day free trial or visit our Developer Community and see how easy it is to send and sign your documents in OneSpan Sign.  

Dilani Silva is a Product Marketing Manager at OneSpan. In her role, she manages and executes the go-to-market strategy, positioning, messaging and sales enablement for OneSpan’s e-signature solution, OneSpan Sign.