The 12 commandments for using Agile methodologies beyond the IT department

Posted by media on August 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Agile methodologies have exponentially increased the success rate and speed at which software solutions are developed and launched by thousands of companies since the latter half of the 1990s.

Their impeccable track record for fostering success has led to an increasing popularity in recent years, not just among IT departments but across entire companies, replacing the traditional planning methods - namely, the cascade model - in projects as diverse as programming the schedule for radio stations to the development of new products in the aeronautical sector or even for winemaking.

Agile methodologies consist in taking employees outside their comfort zones and expertise to integrate them into interdisciplinary teams that are self-managed and in close contact with clients. This approach not only guarantees a real shortcut to success, but also a key means of training, empowering and motivating a new generation of workers.

But what exactly are Agile methodologies? We are explaining it in this post.

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Topics: Business

Product Update - July and August 2016

Posted by media on August 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Despite July and August being the quintessential holiday months, at Signaturit we have been busily working away on our latest product update. Our intention, as always, is to facilitate the requesting digital signatures while optimizing the signer’s user experience.

For details of these and all other new features, simply read on!

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Topics: Product

What impact has the new EU Data Protection Regulation had on biometric data?

Posted by media on August 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

On May 25, 2016 the EU Data Protection Regulation came into force. The new legislation, which was several years in the making, encompasses all recent technological developments including social networks, data analysis, the Internet of Things (IoT) and many other advances besides.

In this post we will explain how the new European Regulation defines and regulates biometric data processing and right to privacy, looking specifically at data protection issues and the free movement of such data.

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Topics: Legality

What exactly is an audit trail and what electronic evidence does it contain?

Posted by media on August 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

When carrying out any digital transaction, what guarantees have the involved parties regarding the legality and integrity of the information transmitted? This issue continues to cause a lack of confidence on the part of both companies and consumers, and ultimately slamming the brakes on the evolution of a digital economy and society.

To eliminate mistrust and enable online transactions occur securely, the figure of the trusted third party comes into play, whose mission is precisely to collect as much electronic evidence as possible during any electronic transaction -- the sending of email addresses, SMS messages, IP addresses, etc. -- to demonstrate to a third party that these electronic transactions actually occurred.

Signaturit acts as a trusted third party, and to collect all electronic evidences generated during the signing process, we issue an audit trail. In this post we explain in detail what exactly the audit trail is and what information it contains.

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Topics: Electronic Signature

Holacracy: is it really a hierarchical structure without bosses?

Posted by media on August 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The decision of U.S. multinational footwear distributor Zappos to abolish its pyramidal structure in 2013 and establish a new system "without bosses or flowcharts" caused a stir in top media companies and in the management sector, introducing a concept to c-suites and top business schools that was hitherto unknown: holacracy.

While this corporate organizational system emerged in 2007 at the hands of Ternary Software (USA), it took its adoption by a company of more than 1,600 employees and a turnover of over $1,000 million before holacracy truly shot to fame.

Although feelings aroused by this new management style are often polarized (it is alternately praised as a new trend that only the most cutting edge companies dare ensconce as much as it is criticized as a system whose "anarchy" can only lead to failure) it is important to look beyond any superficialities and identify what good (and bad) can come from a system defined as liquid, flat and collaborative as opposed to traditional models of corporate organization.

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Topics: Business