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Sign and Fax Alternative Online: 7,000 Professionals Move On from Fax

By: Steve Stormoen / Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is the fax going extinct? According to a recent survey on LinkedIn of over 7,000 professionals, the fax machine is the second most-likely feature of current office life to disappear completely in the next 5 years, with 71% of respondents predicting its demise. Just a few years ago, this would have seemed unheard of. Today, however, fax alternatives such as email and electronic signatures have all but erased every need we once had for those noisy beige monsters.

Online Fax Alternatives: E-Signatures are Natural Selection

Extinction #1: You need to get an important document signed quickly, cheaply, and correctly.

The Dinosaur Way:  When fax was king, the only way to get a document signed was to print it out, sidestep to the fax machine, feed in the pages and hope the machine didn’t chew up your contract, then cross your fingers that the fax went through. Then your client would have to sign the contract and complete the whole tango in reverse to return it to you. There were hard costs in paper and ink, you had no visibility into your client’s interest after the fax was sent, and when documents came back they frequently contained errors and omissions.

The Evolved Solution: Today, you can upload that same document to RightSignature – the ultimate online fax alternative – and send it to one or more parties instantly and effortlessly, with 100% certainty that the document will be received and completed correctly. Your clients fill it out and sign online, in any web browser – or on an iPhone, iPad, Android, or other mobile device. RightSignature online signatures enable a simple and speedy sending and return of your documents, and ensure accurate completion and legal compliance.

Extinction #2: You’ve been emailed an important contract to sign and fax back, but you’re out of the office and busy.

The Dinosaur Way:  Let’s be honest: there is no dinosaur way to do this. Without your smartphone, you wouldn’t even know you have an important document waiting for you. If you get a contract in your inbox that has to be signed ASAP, but you’re at the airport or on a fishing boat in the middle of Lake Ontario, you’d better hope that client is still going to be available on Monday. Unfortunately, the LinkedIn Office Endangered Species survey identified desktop computers and standard working hours following the fax machine to the way of the dodo. "Wait until Monday" just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The evolved solution: Sign and return the contract with RightSignature mobile apps. Moving in to take the place of the desktop dinosaurs is the mobile phone. RightSignature’s apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and other devices allow you to sign online from anywhere – accessing the full power of RightSignature’s online fax alternative e-signatures.

Office Fossils

We are fascinated with endings and new beginnings: a world-champion boxer at the end of his career, or the mystery behind the comet that killed the dinosaurs. To see an endangered species live out its final days, though, you don’t need to go back in time or bring an electric space heater to the North Pole. Just look around your office.

Here is the full list of office technologies the LinkedIn Office Endangered Species survey respondents identified as most likely to go extinct in the near future:
  1. Tape recorders (79 percent)
  2. Fax machines (71 percent)
  3. The Rolodex (58 percent)
  4. Standard working hours (57 percent)
  5. Desk phones (35 percent)
  6. Desktop computers (34 percent)
  7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent)
  8. The corner office for managers/executives (21 percent)
  9. Cubicles (19 percent)
  10. USB thumb drives (17 percent)
Doubtless, the landscape of the modern professional is currently in a state of dramatic change, and online tools such as fax alternatives will only play a larger role in the future. What part of working life do you want to see done away with, and what do you want to see replace it?

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