There is no good reason to stick with contract management practices that increase costs and expose your company to unnecessary risk. So why is your organization still using manual processes? Digital contract management is a whole lot better -- and an increasing number of companies and their contract managers agree.According to a recent member survey conducted by World Commerce and Contracting, a trade organization with 70,000 members worldwide:
- 81% have plans to implement contract automation
- 84% experience pressure for contract simplification
- 48% experience have challenges tied to price changes and delivery terms.
How digitization is a cornerstone of an effective contract management strategy
1. To get from idea to agreement more quickly you can:
Streamline the mechanics of the contracting process
- Use contract templates to accelerate and standardize contract creation
- Employ a consistent contract structure
- Automate notifications about project milestones and renewal deadlines
- Use valid electronic signatures
- Ensure that authorized remote employees can process contracts anywhere, anytime
2. To create a clear an auditable record you can:
- Easily track who agreed to what and when they did so
- Maintain all versions and have a record of changes and who made them
- Ensure that signed contracts are secure and can’t be altered
- Store all contracts, drafts, pictures, and protocols in a secure electronic form with redundant backup
- Protect confidential contractual information
3. To identify trends and develop insight you can:
- Ensure that contracts are developed and executed with a consistent process and securely stored in a centralized database for immediate access
- Identify business risks – and opportunities – in your outstanding contracts and use this intelligence to drive business decisions
The risk/reward payoff of automating and securing the contracts administration process is huge. Take the leap! Stop relying on Excel spreadsheets or notes jotted on someone’s calendar. By automating every step, you avoid delays, eliminate the cost of paying for services and goods you no longer use and improve team collaboration.
Editors note: This blog post has been updated and new content has been added.