The electronic signature is hunting in the paperwork

At the time of the digital transformation, companies must not only deal with the “big data “or” artificial intelligence “, they must also address very practical measures, such as the abolition or drastic limitation – the paper…

In this area, but significant progress can still be made in the management of contracts or a number of other documents circulating in-house and requiring a signature (notes of expenses, etc). There, the culture of the printed form, signed manually, still prevails often. Matter of habit, trust… or lack of knowledge of technological alternatives.

The solutions of electronic signatures eliminate paper, the process is fully digitized, and secure. When the conclusion of the contract could be thwarted by its path between the various services, the back-and-forth mail, or appointments to sign the documents, the electronic signature offers a practical response.

Certification of players

So far, it has taken time to impose itself. “At the beginning, in the 2000s, there were a lot of questions about the return on investment : is it going to really cost me less expensive ?, says Michael Sheriff, the director of the offers electronic signature at Docapost, a subsidiary of The Post office. And then there were questions on the legal value of the electronic signature. “The entry into force of the regulation eIDAS in Europe in 2016, which has homogenized the standards at the european level and imposed a certification of operators in the sector – took place in France by the national Agency for information systems security (Anssi), has since facilitated the adoption of these tools.

After the banks, insurance companies, mutual societies, which have been précurseuses, all sectors are getting involved. Thus, the young French start-up Yousign concluded in 2017 a contract with the PMU to…

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