Presently applications for export of SCOMET items are to be mandatory filed online using digital signature as per Para 2.73 (b) of the Handbook of Procedures of FTP 2015-20. The requisite documents in respect of these applications continue to be submitted manually at present.
At best, the Service exporter can be asked to apply for a valid IEC and declare all the export earnings for the previous period. This, to my mind should serve the purpose of Commerce Ministry, i.e., gathering the data on export of services from India.
For the purpose of expansion of business you need to take your goods or services to the international market to import in or export out of India for that purpose Import Export License is mandatory.