The 2014 World Cup is picking up steam, and the attention of the world (or at least the sports world) is on Brazil. Though I’m admittedly not a huge soccer fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype. Since our office has a slight case of World Cup fever, I’ve started to draw some comparisons of this year’s event to the digital signature business. Here are the top three lessons the 2014 World Cup can teach businesses about adopting digital signatures. Be Prepared In the months leading up to the World Cup, the news was filled with headlines about how unprepared Brazil was to host the huge event. From a stadium that was unfinished just hours before the opening game to overcrowded public transportation, it’s safe to say that Brazil wasn’t ready for the big responsibility it was taking on. This is the spectator bridge from subway to Sao Paulo stadium. Would you walk on that with thousands of people? pic.twitter.com/A3qYyDdRk7 — World Cup Problems (@WorIdCupProbs) June 12, 2014 Relevance to adopting digital signatures: Before your business even picks a digital signature vendor, it’s important to be fully prepared for success. A few things to keep in mind include: Carefully research vendors: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people rush into picking a digital signature vendor without fully vetting multiple options. Digitally signed documents hold a lot of serious legal implications, and you should be sure the vendor you choose will protect the security and legality of your documents. Choosing wrong at this stage of the game could lead to legal battles in the future. For more information, check out our article 3 Critical Questions to Ask Before Picking an E-Signature Vendor. You get what you pay for—watch out for free: There are quite a few options available when it comes to digital signatures, but only a select few will meet the security needs of the average business. Be wary of companies that offer their services for free. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to carefully investigate vendors and their signature technology prior to implementation. Free doesn’t mean trustworthy. Get your team on board: Adopting digital signatures doesn’t just affect one department in a company—it can impact everyone on the team. That’s why it’s important to get your team on board at the beginning stages of your project. Be sure to tell other people in your organization about this technology, its benefits and the applications relevant to their job. Implementation should involve people from across the business, from your IT team to your legal department. After all, a successful pilot in one department could easily translate to success in another department.