Electronic signatures change the digital society


The global village is quickly changing and it is officially time to put electronic signatures on the agenda.  Many organisations saw the need to embrace operating remotely overnight and they now recognise the importance of electronic signatures, even as lockdown measures are relaxed and lifted.

Impression signatures founded in 2011 is the leading provider of e-signature solutions in South Africa and esignatures have proven key to keeping businesses running during these uncertain times,  a new appreciation has developed for the convenience,  security,  reliability of electronic signatures – whether operating remotely or not.


The global Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC) held its first-ever virtual member roundtable on the 19th of May 2020 . The CSC which comprises of industry leaders and academics in the esignature field was originally founded to create a global standard for esignatures.  Its mission is to support web and mobile applications and comply with the most demanding electronic signature regulations in the world,  suitable for uniform adoption in the global market.

The roundtable which was held as an online live session featured four experts in the electronic signature market from around the world.  These four experts engaged on a global level to discuss the role of esignatures in creating smart,  digital societies.  The purpose of the session was to ensure globally relevant solutions are readily available,  in response to the increased need for esignatures solutions.

Speakers included John Jolliffe ( senior manager,  strategic development,  document cloud adobe), Paulo Monti ( marketing and communications director, Intesi Group,  Warren Blackbeard ( head of sales, Impression signatures and Ronald De Temmerman ( vice president of strategic sales).

Blackbeard who represented impression as the CSC’s first African member confirmed that one of the most important factors when considering an electronic signature implementation is finding a trusted partner.  He said that lockdown made esignature imperative and it has brought to light the fact that although integration may be important,  compliance,  ease of use and fast development are even more critical now.

Concluding his presentation at the CSC roundtable Blackbeard remarked that the urgency of lockdown led to a two-phase implementation approach. ” We are seeing businesses run in two speeds.  While the long term goal is to build an integrated esignature process, the immediate need is to provide access quickly to get documents signed.  This is why deployment and ease of use are paramount while also ensuring the solution is legally compliant and thus can prove one’s identity and consent. “


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