Boost AI-Based Contract Negotiations With CobbleStone® Auto-Redlining

11/8/22

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The process of redlining contracts for contract negotiation can be challenging if done improperly.

Organizations that edit documents manually in Microsoft Word can increase the chances of human errors. What’s more, constant back-and-forth edits via emailed documents can result in version control mistakes and broken formats. Mission-critical clauses and sections can either be left out of a legal document or improperly positioned. Additionally, the amount of time spent on tedious, outdated redlining processes can result in lost revenue and opportunities.

Thankfully, your legal team can start saving time on the contract negotiation process with CobbleStone’s user-friendly auto-redlining tool - powered by VISDOM® artificial intelligence. Here’s how to leverage auto-redlining within CobbleStone Contract Insight® contract management software.

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What Is Contract Redlining?

The term “contract redlining” refers to the editing and negotiation of a document or contract via edits on a redlined document. This process entails contributors and business professionals literally “marking” portions of document text and tracking document changes collaboratively.

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Auto-Redlining: A Key CLM Differentiator

The ability to automate the redlining process detailed above makes CobbleStone auto-redlining a key differentiator. With CobbleStone auto-redlining, contract professionals can significantly streamline contract processes while helping ensure that the correct contract language is always present in documents. CobbleStone users have the ability to automate the inclusion of clauses from their approved clause library - virtually ensuring that favorable clause language is included.

This process is supplemented by the power of CobbleStone’s proprietary contract AI engine with machine learning – VISDOM.

 

Here's how CobbleStone auto-redlining works.

Contract Auto-Redlining: An Overview

CobbleStone's auto-redline functionality can find and redline contract clauses within MS Word .docx files uploaded to CobbleStone Contract Insight. From there, it can recommend contract clauses within the document to be modified in accordance with preferred clauses in your system. As such, it helps standardize instances of clauses used in your contracts to make them more consistent and accurate.

Additionally, your team can either run auto-redline functionality on-demand or configure your system to run auto-redline each time a .docx file is attached to a contract record. Once a document has been auto-redlined, the file will show on your contract record screen so you can see the changes made for yourself!

Let's take it step by step.

#1 - Preparing Your Clause Library for Auto-Redline

Open your clause library and select your preferred clauses. 

#2 - Ad-Hoc, As-Needed Contract Auto-Redline

If you don't want auto-redline to run each time a document is uploaded, you can opt to auto-redline as needed for a given document.

Click the "Document Toolbox" (the toolbox icon) on a Contract Record.

Here, you will see a list of various helpful contract document utility options. Click the "Auto-Redline" option.

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#3 - Enabling Auto-Redline Upon Contract Document Upload

If you would not prefer to use auto-redline ad-hoc, you can instead configure CobbleStone so that auto-redline will run each time a document is uploaded to the system. 

#4 - See Contract Auto-Redline In Action

After contract auto-redlining (whether upon upload or performed ad-hoc), you will see an auto-redlined document in your files and attachments area. It is tagged for version tracking and clarity.

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To view the redlined document in CobbleStone's online document editor, click the "Edit Document" button (the rightmost "Pencil" action button).

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 You can see the auto-redlines and the automated comments that VISDOM contract AI has made based on your preferred contract clause configuration settings.

CobbleStone Contract Insight auto-redline results in CobbleStone online document editor.

To view the redlined document in MS Word, click the hyperlinked file for the redline document under "View File."

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From here - just like in the CobbleStone online document editor - you can see the auto-redlines and the automated comments that VISDOM has made, and interact with them in MS Word as needed.

CobbleStone Contract Insight auto-redline results in CobbleStone MS Word file.

Contract Auto-Redline & More With CobbleStone Contract Insight 22.1.0

This contract auto-redlining feature is just a scratch at the surface of all of the leading innovations and enhancements that have come with CobbleStone Contract Insight 22.1.0.

With its exciting innovations and refreshed user interface, CobbleStone can help your team to succeed in the oversight of contract lifecycle management and procurement.

Contact your Account Rep today - if you are an existing CobbleStone user - to discover CobbleStone Contract Insight 22.1.0's enhanced functionality and to review licensing options.

Are you considering CobbleStone Software and like what you see above?  Book your free demo today! Ready to try CobbleStone out for yourself? Enjoy a free trial of CobbleStone Software today.

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Sean Heck

Written by Sean Heck

Sean Heck is Content Marketing Manager at CobbleStone Software

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