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Digital signature with signing software in SAP

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Nowadays, signatures are still associated with a lot of paper and lengthy signature processes. Contracts are first printed out, sent, signed and then filed or scanned. Digital signatures bring these time-consuming processes to an end. All steps are completed digitally – without media disruptions, mailing letters or long waiting times.

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Product sheet: Contract Management in SAP

The SAP contract management software cuContract manages all contract types during the entire lifecycle audit-compliant and uses digital signatures.

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Create digital signature - transparent & compliant

The electronic signature offers a significant advantage compared to the traditional paper-based signature. Various technologies are available for this. The signature is created either directly online via a web certificate or inserted into the digital document via signature pads or tablets.

Although the signatures are no longer handwritten on paper, they provide maximum security. European legislation (§2 nr. 1 and 2 of the signature law, eIDAS) impose strict requirements on the authenticity and security of the electronic signatures.

The digital signature combined with the SAP-integrated contract management software cuContract provided by valantic are the key to a fully digitized process – from contract creation and signature to audit-proof archiving.

Signature software at a glance

  • Fully automated digital process – from document creation and electronic signature to audit-proof filing and archiving
  • Adherence to local and industry-specific standards (incl. eIDAS).
  • Supports all signature types (incl. advanced electronic signatures and qualified electronic signatures)
  • Available online and offline
  • Simple signature via signature pad, tablet, finger print or completely online
  • Wide field of application (Sales, HR, Legal, Sales and many more)
  • Fully integrated into SAP

The most important functions - Generate digital signature

Traditionally, a document or a contract gets signed by hand. For this, the digitally produced document must be printed out, signed, scanned and saved. Consequently, acquiring the signature interrupts the digital process. Requiring additional effort, time and thus money. For this reason, the digital signature is steadily gaining in significance. It is the only way of accelerating the business process and simplifying storage.

Signing process on paper

Signature process on paper

digital signing with signature software

Digital signing with signature software

Digital signature - software with certified technology

A signature solution combined with a contract or document management software is used to electronically sign documents pursuant to the Digital Signature Act. There are different options available based on the scope of application and the requirements. For one, the digital signature can be given via an electronic fingerprint, which allows you to transmit encrypted messages and safely decrypt them. Alternatively, an online platform can be used to give the digital signature. Here, an especially secured process is used to store a unique signature. Another established process is the manual, biometric signature performed via a signature pad or tablet. The signatory gets simultaneously authenticated via the biometric parameters they provide while signing. Forgery will be detected immediately.

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Product sheet: SAP Document Management Software

The SAP document management software (DMS) cuSmarText manages all documents in an audit-compliant manner during their entire lifecycle and also uses digital signatures.

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3 reasons for using cuContract and cuSmarText with signature function

1. Efficient

valantic offers the complete process from a single source: Software for contract or document management with automatic creation of correspondence, forms and contracts pre-filled with SAP data, including their design with predefined text and layout modules, signature options and the respective storage processes.

2. Safe

The advantage of the electronic signature is that is easy to introduce and that it cannot be lost. The individual biometric parameters of the electronic signature prevent forgery or transfer. Furthermore, the digital signature is versatile. The digital signature meets the security level of each scenario – from simple to qualified signature.

3. Fast

The digital signature may proceed synchronously (simultaneously) or asynchronously (in succession).

For the synchronous method the contract parties are together in one place. A typical example is the mobile Sales staff in trade or services who is equipped with a signature pad or a suitable mobile device. This makes it also possible to immediately negotiate the terms of business, define the contract conditions via the contract management and directly complete the process with a digital signature.

When using the asynchronous method, the contract parties are in different locations, sometimes even in different time zones, so that the agreement usually gets signed successively. A lot of time can pass until both parties have signed the agreement. The digital signature that can be carried out directly at the work space offers many advantages. Contrary to the traditional signature, it allows you to conclude the business in a short period of time. The contracting parties do not even have to meet for this.

Fields of application of the digital signature software

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Product sheet: Contract Management in SAP

The SAP contract management software cuContract manages all contract types during the entire lifecycle audit-compliant and uses digital signatures.

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Stefan Heins

Managing Director
valantic Enterprise Solutions GmbH