Contracts are legally binding - and thus need to be executed properly. Organizations should equip themselves with a thorough understanding of the contract lifecycle. The contract lifecycle is the process under which a contract is authored, reviewed, sent for signature, executed, and - potentially - renewed. The "lifecycle" is an archetype used to compartmentalize and understand a contract's complex evolution. The lifecycle begins with contract requests and concludes when these requests are fulfilled - with the possibility of contract renewal. Let's further explore the eight stages of the contract lifecycle below and how contract management software can help streamline your contracting processes.
Contract administration can be a daunting process when relying on primarily manual tools - such as spreadsheets, shared drives, and disparate emails. Without accountability, visibility, and a clearly defined contract administration plan, you can find yourself running into compliance issues, minimizing contract value, and encountering other setbacks. Read on to learn how you can create a strong contract administration plan with the help of leading contract management software.
Over the last year, our clients - legal professionals - have expressed their seemingly increased workload for reviewing contract documents, negotiating agreements, and signing contracts. Recently, I was asked: "When do you know it is time to hire a full-time legal professional for contract management and legal review?" Considering the innumerable times I've been asked this question, I resolved to write a thorough and thoughtful response as a blog that aligns with our audience of contract management software users and prospective CLM users as well. Discover 5 steps to determine if you need to hire a full-time legal reviewer or paralegal.
Tracking contract management data with manual and disparate processes throughout the contract lifecycle can prove challenging. Without readily accessible contract management reports for contract financials, workflows, budgets, KPIs, vendors, compliance, and other essential contract metadata, you can waste time and energy. Fortunately, leading contract management software can provide you with contract management reports for robust source-to-contract lifecycle management oversight.